Many couples try for a while before they get pregnant, or sometimes they might just fail to conceive. It does not necessarily mean that they are infertile. Sometimes, couples end up making classic mistakes which can delay pregnancy. If you’re planning or trying to conceive, here are 5 mistakes you must avoid:
- Not having enough sex
It is obvious that a couple must indulge in intercourse in order to conceive. However, many people tend to cut down on sex because they believe that doing so can save the sperm quality. Some make the mistake of having sex only when they’re ovulating. There’s no evidence to support that less sex will increase chances of pregnancy, many days of not having sex can throw off conception. Dr. Samuel Wood, M.D, says, “It’s easy to miss the fertile period if sex is limited to only when you think you’re ovulating because many women believe they’re ovulating when they actually aren’t.” Therefore, it is important to have more sex, especially around the days of ovulation.
- Having too much sex
While it is important to have ample sex while trying to get pregnant, remember not to overdo it. Don’t think that more sex will lead to faster conception. Although frequent sex will not decrease a man’s sperm quality, having too much sex can lead to a lot of other problems. If it’s only for reproductive purposes, having sex multiple times a day can lead to burnout and the couple may stop enjoying it. And when the fertility window opens, one or both partners may not be interested, thus resulting in a missed opportunity.
- Using lubricants while trying
Commercially available lubricants may not be a good idea to use when you’re trying to get pregnant. Lubricants have been found to adversely affect sperm motility, making it even harder for the sperm to reach the egg. But if you must, check for sperm-friendly lubricants or go for natural alternatives like olive oil, vegetable oil, baby oil or even egg whites.
- Sticking to one position
If you think that staying in one position after having intercourse can boost your baby-making odds, then that’s a mistake. There’s no evidence to suggest that a certain position (missionary, for example), or keeping your hips elevated can help you get pregnant. It is the nature of a sperm to move towards a woman’s egg as soon as there’s ejaculation. Dr. Serena Chen of Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Pennsylvania says, “When a man ejaculates, sperm swims out, goes directly into the cervical mucus and into the fallopian tubes. This happens in a matter of seconds, regardless of the position during intercourse.” So, don’t worry too much about positions and just have fun.
- Waiting too long to see a specialist
Many couples decide against seeing their doctor until they’ve crossed the one-year mark of trying. There are exceptions to this one-year rule. If your cycle is shorter than 25 days or longer than 35 days, if you get painful or heavy periods, have had a major pelvic infection in the recent past, or are over 35 years of age, it is better to see your doctor. Our experts at KIMS Cuddles can help answer all your pregnancy and conception related queries.
Avoiding these common mistakes when trying to conceive can help you get pregnant faster and lead to a healthier pregnancy. If you have any other queries related to conception, feel free to talk to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance