Getting Pregnant Faster
Old wives' tales and myths abound - but there are some things you really can do to get pregnant faster and easier!
In truth however, Randolf tells WebMD that, once your
temperature goes up, it's probably already too late -- and your chances of
getting pregnant are slim.
"The correct way to use body temperature to predict
ovulation is to keep a daily chart for at least one or two months -- then use
that information to determine when your temperature is likely to rise
the next month, and start having sex several days prior to that," says
And how often should you "try" to conceive and can
there ever be "too much sex?"
Since it is sperm and not egg that is affected by the frequency
of intercourse, for a long time doctors believed that having sex every day
might decrease sperm count, making pregnancy more difficult. Today experts are
"I think the more times you have intercourse during your
'window of opportunity,' the more likely you are to get pregnant. I don't think
you should worry about having too much sex when you are trying to
conceive," Winer tells WebMD.
The same 1997 the New England Journal of Medicine
study cited previously found that having sex every day is slightly more likely
to result in pregnancy than intercourse every other day.
However, experts do caution couples not to put their love
making on a schedule. That, they say, just might decrease chances of
"The scientific evidence is scarce, but when you are
stressed, when love making is on 'schedule,' there is some data to show that
hormones may be affected, and that in turn could influence conception,"
In a study conducted at Harvard Medical School on 184 women
with fertility problems, 55% of those who completed a 10-week course of
relaxation training, and stress reduction had a viable pregnancy within one
year, compared with just 20% of the group who had no stress reduction
In a second study conducted at the University of California at
San Diego, doctors found that women undergoing fertility treatments, who
remained relaxed and optimistic, had better overall outcomes than women who
were pessimistic about their ability to conceive.