It’s very common for couples who are just starting their trying to conceive journey to make a few mistakes along the way. Check out these simple and avoidable baby-making no-nos that could be making conception harder than it needs to be!
#1 - Too much sex
Some couples think that the more sex you have, the easier and sooner you’ll conceive. But more isn’t always better. Couples may begin to view sex as little more than a chore, and then, when that window of fertility is open, one or both of the partners may not be interested, resulting in a missed opportunity.
#2 - Not having enough sex
Many days of not having sex can throw off conception. Experts say that it’s easy to miss the fertile period if sex is limited only to when you think you’re ovulating because many women believe they’re ovulating when they actually aren’t. So go ahead and have sex as often as you like, paying special attention to the few days before ovulation.
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#3 - Same postitions
Despite the common belief that missionary position is best, or that elevating your hips greatly increases odds of conceiving, the truth of it is that there’s not enough evidence to support such claims. In fact, most doctors tend to believe that the position doesn’t really matter at all. Do whatever comes natural, and don’t limit yourself to the same routines.
#4 - Always blaming the women
Statistically speaking, according to experts – about half of infertility issues have to do with the woman, 40 percent with the man, and the other 10 percent is both or neither.”
The best thing, is for both partners to be assessed from the beginning to know for sure.
#5 - Not sure when you're ovulating
Knowing exactly when you ovulate can be tricky. Many women follow the textbook rule, believing they ovulate 14 days after the first day of their period, but cycle lengths vary, and ovulation doesn’t always occur at the same time each month, say experts.
Many experts suggest that using an ovulation predictor kit can give a more accurate answer.
#6 - Sex on ovulation day
Getting physical on the day of ovulation could be too late. After ovulation, the egg can be fertilised for only about 24 hours. If you’re wrong about ovulation, you’ll have to wait to try again the next month. Because sperm can live for three to five days, having sex in the few days leading up to ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant, experts say.
#7 - Using a lubicrant
Commercial lubricants negatively affect sperm motility, making it harder for the sperm to reach the egg. If you must, use a more natural lube, olive oil, vegetable oil and baby oil are safe and effective.
#8 - Seeking help too late
While many couples think they should get pregnant right away, other couples wait too long to see a specialist. If you are under 35 and you have been trying to conceive for more than a year with no success, it is probably time to see a specialist and make sure that nothing is wrong. If you are over 35, six months might be a better time frame to go ahead and see a doctor to figure out whether or not there is a problem.
#9 - Thinking something is wrong
Most couples don’t realize that getting pregnant can really be a time consuming process. Couples who have never conceived before often think that it should only take a month or two to get pregnant, but that is not usually the case. If you are under 35 it can take up to a year for a normal couple to get pregnant. Don’t rush things, and give yourself plenty of time.
#10 - Not taking care of yourself
It’s important to pay attention to your health in general because issues like weight, smoking, stress, and medications can affect fertility too.
Text Bauer/ Good Health/ Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis