Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Maximizing Your Chances Of Conceiving

Boosting your chances of pregnancy

Humans are among the least fertile of any species on earth. Pregnancy is a result of a complex combination of factors and events. When trying to have a baby, the chances of conception in any month of unprotected intercourse are just 20%. For women aged 40, the odds reduce to 5%.1 When pregnancy doesn’t happen straight away, you may feel a creeping anxiety. And yet, here we all are, which is reason enough for optimism!
Here are some suggestions to maximize your chances of conceiving:
For some couples, conceiving a child is relatively simple. Others may need a few extra steps to reach their final goal. If you haven’t conceived after 12 months of trying, (or six months if you’re 35 years or more) consider seeking medical advice. 2 Your doctor will advise whether you need help.
In the meantime, try not to worry. Conception difficulties are more common than you imagine. About one in ten couples experience difficulties conceiving.3 Most of those who take action and see the journey through do conceive.4 There are many different treatments. Some are simple. Others are more complex. Each might bring you closer to your goal and increase your chances of success.
What’s important is that you and your partner undertake this journey together. If there is a problem, you should work together to find a solution. Talk it over with your partner and make plans for the future.
Remember, the course you follow is yours to determine.

1. Age and Fertility. A Guide for Patients. ASRM 2003; 2. Definitions of fertility and recurrent pregnancy loss Fertil Steril 2008; 90:S60. 3. Boivin J et al, International estimates of infertility prevalence and treatment seeking: potential need and demand for infertility medical care. Hum Reprod. 2007;22: 1506-1512. 4. Pinbourg A et al, Prospective longitudinal cohort study on cumulative 5-year delivery and adoption rates among 1338 couples initiating infertility treatment. Hum Reprod.2009;24: 991-999.

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