Want to conceive quickly? Follow these tips to boost your fertility and get pregnant fast.
How to Get Pregnant Naturally and Fast: – While it might seem like you’ve spent much of your adult life avoiding getting knocked up, once you’re ready for a baby, most women want it to happen, like, yesterday. We checked in with an OB/GYN, a midwife, and a reproductive endocrinologist to learn about the best ways to get pregnant ASAP.
It’s not like you’re clueless as to how babies are made, but if you and your partner are ready to start a family, checking in with your healthcare provider before you start trying can be a very smart move, says Peyman Banooni, M.D., an OB-GYN in private practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.
During that visit, you’ll get a chance to review your medical history and discuss any possible issues that might come up during pregnancy due to past or current medical conditions. You should also come prepared with a list of all current medications, in case any might have a negative impact on your fertility or a pregnancy.
Your healthcare provider will also likely do a complete gynecological exam, blood tests, tests for sexually transmitted diseases, tests for rubella immunity (if you’re not immune, you should get vaccinated and use a reliable form of birth control for the following 3 months before getting pregnant) and possibly some genetic tests, based on your family history. Additionally, your obstetrician or midwife will likely suggest that you start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. Elizabeth Stein, a New York-based certified nurse midwife, also suggests that her patients see a dentist as well, to make sure their oral health is good as well, given that late miscarriage has been linked to maternal periodontal (gum) disease.
Go Off Birth Control in Advance
This may seem like a no-brainer, but some forms of birth control may reduce your fertility for a while even after you discontinue use.
The Pill: Your fertility should return almost immediately, given that the effects of hormones in birth control pills aren’t long-lasting. The same kind of menstrual cycle you experienced before going on the Pill is likely what you’ll have again. For example if you had a regular 28-cycle that should return, or if you experienced irregular cycles, it’s likely that you’ll have irregular cycles once again, explains Dr. Banooni. The same principles apply to the birth control patch (Ortho Evra) and the birth control ring (NuvaRing), and your fertility go back to normal once you stop using them.
IUD: Regardless of whether you have the hormonal or non-hormonal version of an intrauterine device (IUD), your fertility should return right away once you have the device removed by a healthcare professional.
Depo-Provera: The effects of Depo-Provera are meant to be long-lasting, so although you need to get the shot every 3 months to ensure protection against pregnancy, Stein explains that “theoretically, it’s wearing off, but it may take much longer to return to fertility. If you’re thinking you may want to get pregnant in the next year, stop getting the shots, as we have no medication to counter its effects.”
If you want to go off of a hormonal form of birth control but you’re not quite ready to get pregnant yet, be sure to use a barrier form of birth control like condoms in the interim.
Determine When You Ovulate
You might remember from high school sex ed that an egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, while sperm can survive for 48 to 72 hours after sex. Unfortunately, this means that there’s a pretty narrow window of opportunity for babymaking.
To up your chances of timing things properly, it’s helpful to know when you ovulate. While you might have a vague notion that ovulation typically happens around day 14 of your menstrual cycle (counting the first day of your period as day 1), that is probably the case only for women with a regular 28-day cycle, which is a minority of us (most women fall somewhere in the 24- to 35-day range). What’s true on a broader scale is that ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before the last day of a woman’s menstrual cycle, or the day before she gets her period. So, for a woman with a 24-day cycle, ovulation likely happens around day 10, while a woman with a 35-day cycle would likely ovulate around day 21.
If you’re not sure how long your menstrual cycle is naturally or when you ovulate, it may be helpful to keep track on a calendar of when you get your period and how long it lasts, to give you a better sense of when you’re most likely ovulating. If you’re feeling slightly more high tech, a Fertility Calculator can be a handy tool when time is of the essence.