Would you like to get pregnant quicker? Plenty of women would, but there is no set-in-stone method of conceiving faster. What works for some, doesn’t work for others. However, that doesn’t mean you need to stop trying. There are certain methods that can help you get pregnant quicker, and here are five of them.
1. Understand Your Menstrual Cycle Better
Getting a better understanding of your menstrual cycle is essential for pregnancy. You need to know when your body is releasing a mature egg from your ovaries, to know when it is ready for fertilisation. This gives you an idea of conception timing. There are a few factors that may affect this, including illness and stress. There are a few methods to help tell when you are at your most fertile, including the use of ovulation tests, basal body temperature charting and the use of a calendar or calculator for ovulation.
2. Have Sex on a Regular Basis
Most women will find it very easy to tell when they are ovulating. Others will find their cycles are unpredictable. When this is the case, having sex regularly is the best method. Try three times a week, and you soon increase the chances of conception. You could even do it every other day to help time it right. Some couples even consider the best sex position for getting pregnant.
3. Lie down on the Job
For many years it has been thought that lying on your back after sex, to stop sperm from leaking out, was the way to go. This simple process was seen to be helpful to the little swimmers successfully reaching the egg in order to fertilise it.
There was no real evidence to back up this theory until 2009, when a study in Holland showed that women, who remained lying down for 15 minutes, just after artificial insemination, had 50% more chance of getting pregnant than those ladies that got up straight after the procedure.
We can’t, of course, be sure that this statistic would be the same for intercourse, but it does no harm to lie and wait for a bit after sex, just to give those sperms a chance to start their long journey to the egg.
4. Don’t Worry About the Position
There’s a common myth that specific sexual positions can increase your chances of conceiving, such as the missionary position or the woman being on top. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this belief.
What really matters is the timing of intercourse, which should ideally occur during the woman’s fertile window – the days leading up to and including ovulation.
In fact, some couples may find it more comfortable or enjoyable to try different positions, and that’s perfectly fine. Ultimately, the goal is to have fun and relax, rather than worry about which position is the “right” one for conception.
5. Talk to Your Doctor
There may be health issues preventing you from getting pregnant. Only your doctor can help with this, so it is worth booking an appointment. Poor overall health and diseases are among the most common for conception issues. They can also prevent the fertilised egg developing properly. If you have any STDs that have been untreated, you could find it difficult to get pregnant.
6. Stop Bad Habits
Bad habits like using drugs, smoking or drinking alcohol can affect your chances of fertility. They also affect your health. If you do manage to get pregnant, your baby’s development can be affected due to the toxins you’re allowing into your body.
If you want to get pregnant quicker, now is the perfect time to give up those bad habits, and improve your chances of conceiving soon. You should also talk to your partner about him giving up bad habits too since they affect a man’s fertility too. Smoking and alcohol are the two big concerns for male and female fertility. Cutting down on drinking and fags, or stopping altogether will greatly help you quest to become pregnant.
Drinking whilst pregnant has also been shown to cause damage to the unborn child, another reason why you should stop before or during pregnancy.
If you are feeling really strong, dropping the bad habits before taking a pregnancy detox can work wonders.
It Takes Time
You need a little patience, because it does take time. Every woman is different. Some find it really easy to get pregnant, while others really struggle. It can take up to a year, and if it hasn’t happened by then you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to check for any issues, and also offer advice on how to conceive quickly.
It’s worth thinking about all the different aspects in life that could stop you from getting pregnant. By knowing them, you can start making changes that may help you get pregnant quicker. Starting today, even if you only follow one of the tips in this article, you will soon find it easier to conceive.
This post first appeared in July 2015. It was last updated in Jun2 2023.