Your journey to getting pregnant doesn’t always mean numerous trips to the doctor’s office, expensive treatments, and stress. There are new products available to help with getting pregnant at home and OTC family planning products that are much more wallet-friendly. Consider trying these options below before taking your fertility troubles to the doctor’s offices.
Ovulation plays a vital role in fertility because a woman is only fertile while ovulating. It is possible to track your ovulation and plan for intercourse only during those times. A woman’s menstrual cycle lasts for an average of 28 days (this varies by every woman as does the day of ovulation). During that time, an egg is released by the ovary, picked up by the fallopian tube in anticipation of fertilization by the waiting sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, the unfertilized egg and uterine lining are shed when the woman menstruates.
The peak time or your most fertile days during your cycle is the day before ovulation and the day of ovulation since the egg only survives for 24 hours after being released. This leaves very little time to get pregnant, so ovulation must be tracked closely.
Tracking your cycle can also be a good indicator if something is off with your health. C Conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, and even stress can affect your period and cause irregularities. If you are noticing irregularities in your cycle, bring it up with your doctor as this could be a sign of more serious problems.
For a more in-depth look at ovulation, check out our blog post All About Ovulation.
Using an ovulation test or natural family planning methods, like BBT or basal body temping, will help you to become more familiar with when you are most fertile during the month. After ovulation, a hormone called progesterone is released which causes the body’s temperature to rise. Tracking BBT can help you to determine if you did in fact ovulate that month.
Unfortunately, the sorts of lube used to enhance a couple’s sex life are not conducive to conception. These personal products found in the drug store often contain a pH balance and consistency that does not support conception. They can actually prevent sperm from effectively swimming through the cervix towards the woman’s egg.
There are sperm-friendly lubricants available today at the drug store that are meant to mimic the egg-white consistency of fertile cervical mucous and are clinically-proven to not hurt sperm. Pre-Seed is one such product that markets as “fertility-friendly,” and is not harmful to a woman’s vagina or to a man’s semen.
Sperm Count Tracking
Trak® is an award-winning innovation that allows men to measure and improve their fertility from the comfort of home. The system comes with a home testing device, 4 disposable tests, and a companion app that provides personalized recommendations to optimize his fertility.
Trak categorizes sperm count as low, moderate or optimal for conception based on current clinical guidelines. The companion app tracks results over time and provides a comprehensive assessment of risk factors known impact sperm count along with practical guidance for small steps he can take to improve sperm production.
The Stork OTC
Now that you are able to track your fertile window, it’s time to get down to business. The Stork OTC is the only FDA–cleared, over-the-counter device that helps you to get pregnant using cervical cap insemination. This smart technique enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vaginal tract and places the sperm as close as possible to the opening of the cervix, right where it needs to be to swim up through.
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