Although our job is to provide fertility treatment to those who have trouble conceiving on their own, we understand that difficulty getting pregnant, while frustrating, is not always an indication of infertility, nor is it always a sign that a couple or individual needs to consult a fertility specialist.
Couples can maximize their chances of getting pregnant without infertility treatments by knowing how to get pregnant and making sure they are having intercourse in the most productive way or making changes to their lifestyle habits that can impede their fertility.
Couples should first try everything they can do to enhance their prospects of natural conception through their normal fertility, defined as achieving pregnancy within 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse.
In this, the first in a series of blog posts on this topic, we address how couples can increase their chance of getting pregnant. About 85 percent of couples in their 20s and mid-30s become pregnant within 12 months of trying. So for many couples, conception is within reach! However, other couples may benefit from speaking with a medical provider on ways to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.
Step 1: Visit a primary care doctor or OB/GYN
The best place to start the path to parenthood is in your regular doctor’s office. A routine check of both the male and female partner can help determine potential health issues that could prevent or complicate a pregnancy, and the doctor can propose potential lifestyle changes that increase a couple’s odds. Women should visit their OB/GYN prior to trying to conceive to determine the state of their reproductive health and to discuss any family history of infertility or any concerns about other health conditions that could cause potential infertility.
We will tell you other ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant in later posts. For a sneak preview, visit our web page, How to Get Pregnant on Your Own.