How to get pregnant
It is a simple question, but the answer is rarely that simple. To most people, it actually comes as quite a shock when they learn how many obstacles might be on their way. A while back, we tried to explain the different fertility treatment options but understanding the process on actually HOW to get pregnant, an insight into the female cycle might help and be extremely important if you want to start your fertility journey with a home insemination. (with help from the WEBMD doctors):
Understanding and tracking the cycle
Most women have a 28-day menstrual cycle. That means you have about 6 days each month when you can get pregnant. That includes the day one of your ovaries releases an egg, called ovulation, and the 5 days before. To figure it out, you’ll need to chart your menstrual cycle and record how long it lasts. Day 1 is the first day of your period. Since the length of your cycle can vary slightly from month to month, it’s best to keep track for a few months. There are several apps which you can download to your phone and keep a simple track of your cycle (e.g. FLO https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flo-period-tracker-period-ovulation-tracker/id1038369065?mt=8, Women’s health https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-cycles-period-ovulation/id335875911?mt=8, Period Tracker https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/period-tracker-monthly-cycles/id368868193?mt=8
- Menstrual period. On Day 1 of your cycle, the thickened lining (endometrium) of the uterus begins to shed. You know this as menstrual bleeding from the vagina. A normal menstrual period can last 4 to 6 days.
- Follicular phase. During the follicular phase, an egg follicle on an ovarygets ready to release an egg. Usually, one egg is released each cycle. This process can be short or long and plays the biggest role in how long your cycle is. At the same time, the uterus starts growing a new endometrium to prepare for pregnancy.
- Luteal (premenstrual) phase. This phase starts on ovulationday, the day the egg is released from the egg follicle on the ovary. It can happen any time from Day 7 to Day 22 of a normal menstrual cycle. During ovulation, some women have less than a day of red spotting or lower pelvic painor discomfort (mittelschmerz). These signs of ovulation are normal. If the egg is fertilized by sperm and then implants in (attaches to) the endometrium, a pregnancy begins. (This pregnancy is dated from Day 1 of this menstrual cycle.) If the egg is not fertilized or does not implant, the endometrium begins to break down.
It is easy to find your day of ovulation with an ovulation test, which you can purchase online or at the pharmacy. Take a test morning and evening, and perform the insemination/have sex the day after your first positive test.
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