Learn More About Optimizing Natural Fertility
Diet and lifestyle: Moderate alcohol and moderate caffeine because they can have effect on your fertility.
Clinicians can provide some recommendations that can optimize the probability of achieving pregnancy. This paper is based on a consensus of expert opinions published on the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2017).
Firstly, what does fertility mean? Fertility is defined as the ability to produce a child. In general, it occurs in the first few months of unprotected intercourse. It has been estimated that 80% of couples conceive in the first 6 months of attempting pregnancy. In women in their 30s the fertility is decreased by about half compared with women in their 20s. The chance of conception decreases significative after 35s. Male fertility does not appear affected at the same age of the female, but there is definitely a decrease after 50s. The effects of age are more pronounced in women.
Now, what is infertility? Infertility is defined as a disease. It is a failure to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months (or more) or regular unprotected intercourse (or exposure to sperm).
Fertility window: is defined at the 6-day interval ending on the day of ovulation. To estimate the interval of maximum fertility there are several things people can do, like analysis of intermenstrual intervals, ovulation predictor kits or cervical mucus scores. It has been estimated that intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy when it occurs within the 3 days, ending of the day of ovulation. Notice that, cycle fecundability increase with the frequency of intercourse during the fertile window.
Monitoring ovulation: cervical mucus provides a private index of when ovulation may be expected. The probability is highest when the mucus is slippery and clear (figure 4).
Coital practices: there are no scientific foundation that a woman who remains supine after the intercourse can increase the probability to achieve the pregnancy.