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Four Ways to Increase the Chances of Conceiving

A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, February 9, 2016

For couples who are trying to conceive, knowing how to increase the chances of conceiving is very important. Many people do not realize there is a very short window of time when a woman is able to become pregnant. Maximizing your chance of conception allows for higher a success rate and the ability to grow your family faster.

Know Your Cycle
The single most important factor in a woman’s ability to become pregnant is accurately timing ovulation. Although a man is fertile every day, a woman’s eggs can only be fertilized for 24 hours during the month. Her egg only survives for 24 hours after ovulation. Therefore, intercourse must be timed to happen during a woman’s most fertile time. In order to increase chances of conceiving, it is best to have intercourse in the days before and immediately after ovulation. Sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to five days. Therefore, intercourse in the days prior to ovulation is key.

Get Healthy
Just like any aspect of your health, your fertility is dependent on many of your life habits. Eating well balanced meals and exercising regularly improves fertility for both men and women. Getting to and remaining at a healthy weight for your height can improve a number of health issues that directly relate to fertility.

Get Rest
In today’s fast paced world it is easy to skimp on a good night’s rest. However, getting fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night may be doing yourself a disservice. Proper rest is key to allowing your body to recharge and to run efficiently.

Avoid Harmful Substances
It is important to avoid potentially harmfully substances while trying to conceive. Smoking and drinking alcohol can negatively impact both partners’ fertility. Additionally, avoid the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides as many of those products have long lasting affects on the body.


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