Getting pregnant can be as easy or hard for any person looking to conceive and experience the joys of parenthood. Not everyone’s chances are the same in getting pregnant but the following information might aid in knowing the when and how’s of getting pregnant or avoiding pregnancy.
Chances of Getting Pregnant Depends on a Lot of Factors Namely:
1. Your Period
Menstruation is the monthly shedding of the inner membrane of the uterus namely the endometrium. For most women, this monthly cycle lasts between three and seven days. Day 3: Levels of progesterone and estrogen are increasing and repairing the endometrium. By day four, follicle ripening begins which prepares the ovaries are preparing eggs for release.
If you have are a very early ovulation (ovulation normally starts 14 days before the period starts), there’s little chance sperm will have any eggs to work with during this phase of the cycle so odds of conceiving are almost nothing.
To determine where a woman is in her cycle, she may track it by using a basal body temperature chart or ovulation predictor kit.
Day 7: Women tend to notice the vaginal discharge that after a few days, will turn white and creamy, a cue that the woman’s fertility is returning once again. The egg is not released at this stage but this serves as an indicator that ovulation is underway. Cervical mucus is a beneficial environment for sperm, which can live up to five days in fertile cervical mucus. Odds of conceiving are good.
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Odds of conceiving is high. As mentioned before, ovulation normally starts 14 days before the period starts. An indicator of this is that the female’s body temperature rises by approximately a half a degree. Bear in mind this takes place after she is already ovulating, which could be too late if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant. Fertility can also be indicated by a change in the consistency of her cervical mucus; it increases in amount and contains the consistency of egg whites.
4. Post-ovulation or luteal phase
The final phase of the monthly cycle, lasting between 12 days minimum and 16 days maximum. Progesterone levels increase that signals the ovaries to not release any more eggs. Cervical mucus decreases/discontinues, creating a plug that prevents any sperm from entering the uterus.
Once any eggs are fertilized it takes about 6 days to travel to the uterus. Within a week after a fertilized egg implants in the inner membrane of the uterus of the female, the hormone Human chorionic gonadotropin increases which are measured by home pregnancy tests. However chances of getting pregnant are low, there is still a chance.
Women Might Increase Her Chances of Getting Pregnant by:
Consuming and following the right nutrition intake, be it via vitamin supplements or diet.
- Following a healthy lifestyle by exercising moderately, healthy physique and not participate in drug abuse.
- Knowing her family’s history of related issues to pregnancy/fertility.
- Women can take prenatal vitamins containing vitamin B6 which are known to increase fertility as well as Omega-3 fish oil, which aids absorption of vitamins.
- Decrease consumption of caffeine as it may increase the time it takes to conceive, keeping in mind that most chocolates and sodas contain caffeine.
- Reduce alcohol intake.
- Try to keep stress levels to a minimum.
- Avoid using lubrication as this naturally, reduces the mobility of sperm. Unless the couple finds a ‘fertility-friendly’ lubricant with a PH balance matching the cervical mucus and the sperm that is designed by doctors.
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Getting Pregnant From ‘precum’ / pre-ejaculation
Precum or pre-ejaculation persist of bodily fluid from the male that seeps out of the penis during intercourse. Commonly considered to consist of dead or no sperm at all. There are rare cases where living sperm can be present in precum and conception may still be possible.
Getting Pregnant While on Birth Control
The most popular form of birth control is known to be The Pill.
- Birth control medication is 99 percent effective preventing pregnancy. Between 2 and 8 percent of women fall pregnant each year while taking it.
- It is also important to use the birth control effectively. The Pill specifically requires women to take the pill daily according to where they are in their monthly cycle.
- Some medicines such as the antibiotic namely Rifampin and the mild anti-depressant, St. John’s worth should not be taken with The Pill as it can make it less effective.
- Storage of birth-control medication is vital as too high or too low temperatures may affect the integrity of the birth control medication.
- Know your birth control medication well enough to know when it will be at its most effective. The Pill, for example, will only be effective after taking it for seven consecutive days. This instruction not followed is, in fact, the leading cause of this particular birth control alternative failing in its task.
Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding
It is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding. Chances are however very low if:
- The mother recently had a baby and the infant is less than 6 months old.
- The mother has amenorrhea where the menstrual periods are absent.
- The infant is breastfeeding around the clock with no additional food, beverages or a pacifier.
Getting Pregnant after Tubal Ligation
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure in where the woman’s fallopian tubes are tied, cut or blocked. Tubal ligation and implants/blockage are considered to be permanent methods of birth control for women done by gynecologists, the family doctor or a general surgeon. However, there is a low risk of becoming pregnant after tubal ligation occurring in 5 out of 1,000 women after 1 year.
Pregnancy may occur after tubal ligation in cases where:
- Fallopian tubes grow back together or a recanalization (a new passage) forms that allows an egg to be exposed to fertilization for sperm.
- The surgery was not done correctly.
- Pregnancy at the time of surgery.
The family’s doctor can discuss which method of ligation is most effective in preventing tubes from growing back together.