Getting pregnant: How to know your most fertile time


When you’re struggling with starting a family, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one. But statistics show that one in six Australian couples of reproductive age experience problems conceiving, with men and women equally affected. While modern medicine can help couples to conceive through techniques like IVF, you can also consider a holistic approach to your fertility.


Planning a pregnancy: What you need to know

Knowledge is power when it comes to conception! It’s important to understand the best age, the best time in the cycle, and best ways to improve your fertility health and fitness, in order to optimise your chances of conceiving. Pre-pregnancy vitamins, in combination with adopting healthy lifestyle choices, can also be extremely beneficial for couples wishing to conceive.

There are four methods to help to detect your most fertile window:

  • Monitoring of basal body temperature: measuring your temp at the same time each day and charting it to identify spikes.
  • Testing for a luteinising hormone (LH) surge in a urine sample: a simple ovulation kit can indicate when LH is present.
  • Monitoring cervical secretions: tracking the consistency of your cervical mucus to identify peak fertile times.
  • Monitoring for secondary fertility signs, such as mid-cycle ovulation pain (officially known as mittelschmerz), a heightened sense of smell and taste, increased libido, larger, tender breasts, fluid retention, bloating and acne (all related to increased progesterone hormone released by the ovaries).

 

We recommend making it easy on yourself with the conceivepleaseTM Fertility Kit – a one-stop fertility shop that can assist you with monitoring all of the signs. It has everything you need included in the one kit – a digital thermometer for measuring temps, a calendar for tracking fertile dates and ovulation, ‘his’ and ‘her’ pre-conception vitamins and support, information about correctly timed sexual intercourse and medical tools and devices to track ovulation, and pregnancy.  

Getting “fertility fit”

Planning for healthy fertility journey and pregnancy and, becoming fertility fit includes:

  • Achieving and maintaining an optimal BMI
  • Limiting alcohol intake (zero alcohol consumption is recommended during pregnancy)
  • Smoking cessation
  • Exercise
  • An antioxidant rich diet
  • A preconception health assessment with your family doctor
  • Folic acid and iodine supplementation
  • Antioxidant supplementation to enhance sperm health.

Knowing your most fertile time

The average length of menstruation is 28 days. Ovulation, which involves the release of an egg from the ovary into the fallopian tube,  occurs around the midpoint of the menstrual cycle. This is the time when conception is possible.

Once the egg is released from the ovary and is travelling through the fallopian tube, there needs to be an adequate quantity of good quality sperm with strong swimming capabilities present, to fertilise the egg.

The female egg can survive for 12-24 hours, whilst the sperm can survive in the fallopian tube and uterus for up to three days. 

More about monitoring for signs of ovulation

Testing for the LH surge: To identify this time, you need an ovulation test. The conceivepleaseTM One Step LH Urine Ovulation Test detects a LH surge in urine to identify the most fertile window. The tests are easy to use, in the privacy of your own home and demonstrate high accuracy. Each box of the conceivepleaseTM LH One Step Ovulation Test contains five LH urine test sticks.

Measuring basal body temperature: To record basal body temperature daily you need a digital thermometer. Tracking the results can help determine the most fertile time. The basal body temperature is measured first thing in the morning and is the lowest recorded body temperature for a 24-hour period.

The conceivepleaseTM Fertility Kit contains a high-speed digital thermometer and a conceivepleaseTM Fertility Calendar plus the One Step LH Urine Ovulation Test all with easy instructions to help track and pinpoint ovulation.

Monitoring cervical secretions and secondary fertility signs: Keep an eye on your body’s behaviours, noting if you experience any slight mid-cycle pain, seem to be able to smell and taste with more intensity than normal, or notice your breasts are more tender and swollen than usual. All of these signs, as well as the ones listed earlier, can be related to increased levels of progesterone hormone.

Testing for pregnancy:

The conceivepleaseTM One Step HCG Pregnancy Test detects the pregnancy hormone in urine, called HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, that is produced by the developing placenta.

When there is a positive result indicating the presence of HCG with the test, book an appointment with a doctor to request a confirmatory pregnancy blood HCG test and for pregnancy advice!

Continue to support your pregnancy with a daily vitamin containing folic acid and iodine to nurture an ongoing pregnancy.

When to seek professional help:

For couples aged under 35 years and who been trying to conceive for 12 months, experts recommend seeking professional help. For couples aged 35 years and over, it is recommended to seek professional advice after six months of trying to conceive naturally.


 


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