Fertility Basics: 5 Tips if You're Having Trouble Conceiving


Technical Tips

For some people, conceiving is easy, but for others it can be a challenge. If you're one of the people struggling to get pregnant, it could be you're not maximizing your odds. However, lots of little things can help improve the chances that sperm are going to be successful at their critical crusade.

For one thing, it doesn't hurt to lie down after sex -- you don't want all the sperm sliding out, after all. Give it about 30 minutes or so, in order to give them the chance to get where they're headed. Tricks like standing on your head, however, are not necessary and you could wind up getting hurt. Also, constantly having sex isn't usually the greatest idea, either. Men need time for their sperm count to build back up, so having sex more than once every couple of days is generally not recommended, although your doctor might make a more personalized recommendation.

These sorts of common sense techniques might seem basic, but someone who's desperate to become pregnant might start forgetting little details. It's important for couples experiencing infertility issues to keep a healthy perspective on the situation. For example, it's essential to talk with your partner about how far each of you are willing to go -- both emotionally and financially -- in order to conceive. Also, discuss your feelings on other means of becoming a parent, such as adoption, egg and sperm donation, and surrogacy. Dealing with infertility can be seriously draining on couples, so counseling could also be in the cards.