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Increase your chances of getting pregnant

Increase your chances of getting pregnant

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When it comes to starting a family, many of us believe it will just be a case of coming off birth control and having lots of sex. However, what they failed to tell us in school sex education classes is that even having sex at the right time in your cycle, there is still only around a 20% chance that you’ll become pregnant. So if you’ve decided the time is right to try for a baby is there anything you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant?

Track ovulation

Women are only fertile for a short time during their monthly cycles, so it makes sense to keep a note of when that time is likely to be. Ovulation is when an egg is released from your ovaries, meaning sperm can fertilise it. Sperm cells can live for two or three days whereas an egg only remains fertile for around 24 hours after ovulation. This means that having sex in the day or two before and in the 24 hours after ovulation maximises the chances of sperm meeting the egg.

The easiest way to know when you might be ovulating is to track your menstrual cycle. Once you know how long your cycle generally is, count back 12-16 days from the day your next period is due. This will give you an idea of when you’re likely to be ovulating. Ovulation testing kits are also available to buy from chemists. These work in the same way as pregnancy tests only they tell you if you’re ovulating rather than if you’re pregnant.

Increase your chances of getting pregnant

Physical signs

There are other physical signs to look out for too. Usually cervical mucus is considered a barrier to sperm but when you’re ovulating it can help sperm on its journey. Around ovulation your cervical mucus is likely to become clear and slippery. You won’t feel it, but during ovulation your body temperature will rise between 0.4 and 1 degree. Use a basal body temperature thermometer to detect it.


It may seem completely obvious, but having regular sex increases your chances of conceiving. That’s not to say you have to do it every day (unless you want to of course) but you should try not to go more than a week without having intercourse. The ideal amount for conceiving is said to be around two or three times a week.


Diet can have a real affect on the fertility of both men and women. Lay off the cigarettes and alcohol and make a conscious effort to eat healthily. Basically, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth when pregnant, don’t eat it when you’re trying to conceive. Vitamins C and E as well as zinc and folic acid help make healthy sperm so consider getting supplements if your diet is low on these important vitamins.


Losing or gaining a few pounds can work wonders in helping you get pregnant. Find out your ideal weight and stick to a healthy diet to try and achieve your goal. Being over- or under-weight can reduce your chances of getting pregnant and contribute to issues with pregnancy health when you do conceive.









About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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