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Getting Pregnant Faster

Old wives' tales and myths abound - but there are some things you really can do to get pregnant faster and easier!


But how do you know when you are about to ovulate? Goldstein tells WebMD you should keep an accurate menstrual calendar, tracking your period for at least two or three months prior to when you want to conceive.

"Ovulation takes place 14 days before you get your period, so you need to keep an accurate calendar for a couple of months, marking down when your period arrives -- and day one is always the first day of bleeding," says Goldstein.

Then, he says, when you are ready to get pregnant use the calendar to predict when your next period will arrive, and simply count back 14 days from that date. "This will be your projected ovulation date -- and you should begin having sex several days prior to that date, " says Goldstein.

But what if your periods aren't regular?

" If your cycle is irregular, between 26 and 29 days, for example, then you are probably ovulating somewhere between day 12 and day 15," he says.

In this instance, Goldstein says consider having sex from day nine through day 16.

"If you have sex every other day, start on day 9, then have it on 11, 13, 15, and 16 for the highest likelihood of conception," says Goldstein.

To help you further hone in on your most fertile time, both Goldstein and Winer say ovulation predictor kits can help. But, says Winer, be certain to read the directions carefully, since every kit works a little differently in terms of how and when it predicts ovulation and that can influence the timing of intercourse.

Because a rise in body temperature also correlates with ovulation, many couples use daily temperature readings to guide them to the right time for conception. However, experts warn that most don't use the information correctly, and also wind up missing their pregnancy opportunity month after month.

"Many couples believe they should have sex when a woman's temperature rises; and throughout the years, many situation comedies and movies have perpetuated that myth," says John F. Randolf, Jr. MD, division director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Michigan Health System.

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