If you are trying to conceive or getting ready to try to conceive, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Although it doesn't happen immediately for everyone, following a few steps to determining the time of optimal fertility in a women will improve the chances of getting pregnant immediately.
Identify a Woman's Most Fertile Time
Use a calendar to predict ovulation. Ovulation is the time each month a woman releases an egg. The release of an egg occurs midway through a woman's cycle, but not on the same day for every woman or on the same day every month for a given woman. For most women, ovulation occurs 14 days before the start of the next menstrual period.
Examine cervical mucus for changes. A woman's body gives signals that it is preparing to release an egg. Cervical mucus changes during ovulation. According to BabyHopes.com, cervical mucus is clear, thin and stretchy--resembling raw egg whites--around the time of ovulation. You can check your cervical mucus on the toilet paper when you wipe, insert your finger into your vagina and collect some mucus, or insert your finger up to your cervix to collect mucus directly.
Check your cervical position. The position of your cervix changes throughout your menstrual cycle. According to WebWomb.com, the cervix is high, soft and open during ovulation. The cervix rises up and might be out of reach for some women during ovulation. It also changes from being hard, feeling like the tip of your nose, to soft, feeling more like your bottom lip. To check your cervical position, make sure your hand are clean. Either sit on the toilet or put one leg on the toilet or bathtub and insert one finger into your vagina and feel for your cervix. According to WebWomb.com. the cervix "should feel like a rounded cylinder shaped mass within your body."
Keep track of basal body temperature, which is a woman's resting temperature. It should be taken first thing in the morning, before even getting out of bed, at the same time each day after at least five hours of sleep, according to FertilityPlus.org. After ovulation, your temperature will rise about 0.4 degrees F. This helps you identify when ovulation has occurred. This is most helpful if you can track your basal body temperature for a couple of months to examine patterns in your ovulation day and thus can predict the next month's ovulation day.
Time sex to correspond with ovulation. Because an egg lives for just 12 to 24 hours, according to AmericanPregnancy.com, sex must be timed to correspond with ovulation. Sperm can live inside a woman for three to five days, says Dr. Roger W. Harms in his article on MayoClinic.com. Timing sex with ovulation helps your chances of getting pregnant immediately.
According to Mayo Clinic, have sex once a day or once every other day around the time of ovulation. Waiting two days will help the sperm replenish.
Healthy Lifestyle for the Man and Woman
Eliminate tobacco, alcohol and drugs. These can have negative effects in the fertility in women and men, so discontinuing the use of these things can help you get pregnant immediately.
Cut stress. Reducing stress in your life can help boost fertility. In a study by Alice Domar, Ph.D., women who were receiving stress-reducing therapy to deal with infertility actually became pregnant on their own because of their learned techniques to reduce stress.
Maintain healthy diets and weight. Eat fruits and vegetables to get plenty of vitamins and minerals. Take a multivitamin to ensure daily intake of necessary vitamins and minerals.