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How to Get Pregnant

Getting pregnant is not an exact science. There is no process, procedure or position that is foolproof in ensuring pregnancy. This is because pregnancy depends on many factors. To have a successful fertilization of an egg and a subsequent development of the embryo, one of the eggs in the woman’s ovary must first become mature. This single mature egg must travel through the fallopian tube and reach the uterus. The egg can only stay 24 hours in the uterus before it becomes unusable. The egg is then flushed out of the body along with the uterine blood that comes out during menstruation.

Window of opportunity

Within this small window of opportunity, a sperm should be present in the uterus or in the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg. But a sperm in the uterus cannot wait forever for the egg to come. The usual waiting period is 48 hours.

The longest time that a sperm can survive in the uterus is 72 hours. Beyond that, the sperm dies.

Fertile Time to Get Pregnant

Therefore, fertilization and the subsequent pregnancy are not just about health but also about timing. Thus, the first thing that the obstetrician asks a couple who are trying to get pregnant is the frequency of their sexual intercourse. Sex should happen during the most fertile period of the woman. A way to monitor the fertile period is to keep track of the woman’s menstrual cycle. The most fertile time to get pregnant is the period of ovulation when the mature egg is released from the ovary. For example, in a 28-day menstrual cycle, the most fertile time is between 11 to 17 days after the first day of the most recent menstruation. During this period, the couple must have sexual intercourse at least every other day to ensure the sperm’s presence in the uterus when the egg finally arrives.

Menstrual cycle of the woman

However, if the menstrual cycle of the woman is not regular, another way to determine the most fertile time to get pregnant is to check the vaginal secretions. If it is white and sticky, the woman is not at her most fertile time. But if the secretions are clear and slippery, the egg might now be in her uterus.

Old Wives’ Tales on How to Get Pregnant

With the complexity of getting pregnant in mind, the couple must ignore ridiculous old wives’ tales on how to get pregnant. These old wives’ tales sounded interesting and fun, but they have no scientific basis. These tales are mere misconceptions. For example, a woman need not have an orgasm in order to get pregnant. Fertilization depends on the egg and the sperm and not the external physical reactions of the woman.

Can lubricants help pregnancy?

Another misconception is that lubricants can help pregnancy because the sperm can easily slide and swim. Lubricants only help the sexual motion between the partners. In fact, the petroleum jelly lubricants can change the environment of the vagina and reduce the movement and chances of survival of the sperm.

Yet another misconception is that a woman must stand on her head after sex to ensure that the sperm, with the help of gravity, reaches the egg.

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