How to Get Pregnant When It’s Not Happening Fast

Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Andy Toledo, a Reproductive Endocrinologist with Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta.

Hit the Highlights
  • Let’s start with some basic biology to lay the groundwork for how to get pregnant, especially when it isn’t happening fast.
  • How long should you be off of birth control before trying to get pregnant?
  • Is it true that you are more fertile when you first come off the pill?
  • Can the birth control pill reduce your chances of getting pregnant once you are off?
  • Can Depo-Provera affect your ability to conceive once you stop?
  • One of the first things you need to do when trying to get pregnant is make sure you are having sex at the time you ovulate.
  • How far in advance or behind your ovulation can you still get pregnant?
  • How long will sperm stay active after sex?
  • How long will the egg remain viable after it is released from the ovary?
  • How can you tell when you ovulate (because every woman is different)? What are some physical signs that you are ovulating?
  • Ovulation predictor kits? Is one brand better than another? Are cheapo brands of OPKs as good as the others?
  • Basal Body Temperature
  • Cervical mucus
  • Should you avoid certain lubricants if you are trying to get pregnant?
  • Is one sexual position better than another when trying to get pregnant?
  • Boxers vs. briefs?
  • Does having an orgasm increase your chances for getting pregnant?
  • Is there a preferred time of day to have sex in order to increase your chances of getting pregnant?
  • How often should you have sex during a woman’s fertile time to increase the possibility of getting pregnant?
  • If you have been trying for a while and are not getting pregnant, what are some things you can do to try to help? Supplement, home remedies?
    • Vitamin D
    • Folic Acid
    • Pomegranate juice
    • Olive oil
    • Apple cider vinegar orally or in your bath
    • Exercise
    • More sleep
  • How can you tell if you are getting pregnant, but having a very early miscarriages? Does this matter to your doctor when trying to figure out what is wrong?
  • What are the earliest symptoms of pregnancy?

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