Sex and relationships expert Trina Read gives her top 5 tips to help you conceive.
1. Know your menstrual cycle.
Being in tune with your body is the most effective way to understand your fertility cycle. There are many signs of ovulation, such as your cervical mucus becomes thin and slippery when you are most fertile. As many women don’t have a regular 28-day cycle, ovulation kits can help predict the best time to get pregnant.
2. Keep horizontal.
There is no scientific evidence saying one position is better than another when it comes to maximizing conception. However, certain gravity-defying positions such as sitting or standing during intercourse can discourage sperm from traveling upstream.
3. Relax after intercourse.
Although it’s not necessary to lie in bed with your feet in the air, it is a good idea to lay in bed for ten to 15 minutes after intercourse. (Don’t go the bathroom during this time either.) By waiting ten to 15 minutes, the sperm will have enough time to get into the cervix.
4. Don’t overdo sex.
As sperm can live up to 72 hours after intercourse, having sex every day during ovulation will not necessarily increase your chances of getting pregnant, but can lead to sex feeling like a chore. Generally, every other day around ovulation.
5. Happy sperm.
Make sure your man isn’t wearing tight-fitting clothing or spending time in hot tubs as it can negatively affect sperm count. Watch his cell phone habits: one study showed men who keep their phones close to their testicles had poorer sperm quality.
Best conception tip:
Being stressed interferes with ovulation, makes it difficult to want sex and makes you unhappy. Some evidence suggests acupuncture can help reduce stress and increase chances of pregnancy.
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