Truly fortunate are those who receive a gift of being blessed with a healthy baby. This process takes time, it’s not just about those 9 months of carrying the baby but also about becoming pregnant or conceiving.
Conceiving itself is a big thing, it just doesn’t happen after having unprotected sex or when you plan. It significantly depends upon tries around or during the ovulation period with the inclusion of several other factors like age, fertility rate, stress, environment, medical condition, reproductive health, diet and so on.
If you have been planning a baby but not getting pregnant besides having good health and regular periods then there might be many other reasons for it. Well, there is no need to be worried as comprehending some of these reasons may walk you a few steps closer to getting pregnant.
Through this article, we will introduce you to some of these reasons which are preventing you from conceiving, so let’s just dive in to know more!
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Stress And Tension
Stress, anxiety and tension cannot be good for anything! These can also be the main reasons behind you not getting pregnant. Increased count of stress hormones can have an adverse effect on conception by affecting ovulation and fertility.
It is understandable that a long attempt of trying and not conceiving can accumulate lots of stress and tension, but there is no point in doing it as you will only conceive when the time is right and everything is in place.
So stop worrying and spend your time getting indulged in things that you like, get involved in light yoga, exercises, and meditation to keep stress and worries away!
Overdo And Underdo
At times many couples either overdo or underdo when it comes to sex and conception. There is a need to understand that it will not solve the problem, rather it would only facilitate other issues.
If you get involved in too much sex to get pregnant that you might start feeling dizzy, tired, feel for frequent urination, and so on and when the fertility window or ovulation period is active you may end up resisting from it.
The same is the case when you are not having enough sex, in such a case you may end up missing your fertility windows as you cannot always be sure about your ovulation.
Use of lubrication may make the process of intercourse smooth but did you know it can have a negative impact on the sperms and in turn preventing you from getting pregnant. According to some of the studies, excessive use of lubricants can decline the sperm motility.
Lubricants consist of acidic pH value which can harm and damage the sperms while also affecting their mobility to reach the egg. However, the pH of the cervical mucus produced before ovulation is considered the best for the mortality and life of the sperms.
Erratic And Unhealthy Lifestyle
Lifestyle not just plays an important role in conception but also in several other aspects. Having an erratic lifestyle and living choices may mess up your conception by impacting the fertility rate.
Irregular eating and sleeping patterns including consumption of alcohol, cigarette smoking, and use of other such harmful substances can cause harm to sperms by declining their motility and count, while in case of women such patterns can cause irregular ovulation.
So, consider working over these habits and make sure you are not indulging in anything toxic at least 3-4 months before planning to get pregnant.
If you are having irregular periods, it can have an impact on your conception. If you do not have regular menstruation cycles, you may find it challenging to get pregnant as uneven periods cause uneven ovulation which makes conception difficult due to lack in egg formation.
If you are dealing with this, consider visiting your doctor. Also, maintain a proper diet, follow exercises that can help in regularizing menstruation, and opt for fertility-enhancing supplements with a recommendation from your doctor.
PCOS Or Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome
PCOS is a common issue that is caused due to hormonal imbalance which hinders the process of ovulation. During this condition, the cyst formation occurs which in turn disturbs the maturation of ovarian follicles. Its symptoms include thick/excessive hair growth, erratic menstruation, gain in weight and acne, etc.
So, if you are dealing with this issue, it’s recommended to watch your diet and make certain lifestyle changes while also working overweight to get it under control. Besides, taking constant medical advice is suggested.
Using Washroom Right After Intercourse
Women feel the need to clean up as soon as after having intercourse. But did you know that you are letting the sperms go down and washed away by doing so? If you are looking forward to getting pregnant, it is advised to stay in bed for a while post making intercourse to make sure that the eggs are being infused with the sperms and working to fertilize them.
So, just avoid doing that, give yourself some time after making out, and let the wonders work to enhance the chances of conception.
Maintaining proper body weight is the utmost in many scenarios even when you want to get pregnant. Being over or underweight causes many issues and hampers the process of conception. If your body weight is below the ideal body weight then you may not ovulate.
Whereas if your weight is more than the ideal body weight then it may hinder your fertility rate. Therefore, it becomes essential to maintain ideal body weight.
Although environmental factors are unavoidable, you can always try to restrict your exposure to them. Environmental factors involve chemicals, pesticides, plastic, smoke, and packed food items, etc.
These Environmental factors could degrade your health severely including fertility. According to one of the studies, the ability to conceive can go down to up to 29% due to exposure to such substances. So whenever possible use organic and natural products to prevent your exposure to such factors.
Irregular ovulation is one of the prime reasons behind infertility in women, due to which the release of mature eggs from the ovaries do not take place. In such a case, some women can never ovulate while others may ovulate once in a couple of months.
Issues related to ovulation are directly linked with overweight, underweight, hormonal imbalance and stress, etc. which are responsible for causing 20-30 percent infertility.
There could be an array of reasons to hamper fertility while reducing your chances of getting pregnant, out of which some are listed in the article. So if you are dealing with any of such issues, do take corrective actions to fix them up and proceed further.
Seek medical advice wherever applicable and expedite the process of conception well in time before it gets too late. Taking tangible actions and maintaining a proper lifestyle gravely contribute to the process of conception and thus improving your chances of getting pregnant!
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