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
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
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.