By Serena Norr

Pregnancy can be a mysterious aspect of life. Some people can get pregnant rather easily while others have difficulty conceiving. To help Mother Nature along, many couples look at trying various services and products on the market to help them understand their ovulation to have a better chance of having their own bundle of joy in a few months. Here are some of the best ways you can try to conceive.

Note: These are suggestions to assist with your pregnancy. Please speak with your doctor before you test out any of these methods.

Visit Your Doctor
The first step is to talk with an ob-gyn, a midwife, or a reproductive endocrinologist to discuss your medical and family history. This is a good way to discuss your concerns with fertility and discuss everything from your lifestyle to your eating habits. During your visit, your doctor will also take blood, give you a gynecological exam and test for sexual transmitted diseases.

Stop Using Birth Control
This might seem obvious, but it bears repeating: you will need to get off birth control if you want to conceive. When you stop taking the pill or remove an IUD, your fertility will return rather quickly, however it may take longer with Depo-Provera shots. This should be discussed with your doctor but it also something to factor in with the timeline of when you want to have a baby.

Figure out Ovulation
Timing is everything when you are trying to make a baby and knowing the often forgotten basics of ovulation can really help you with conception. Basically, an egg can only survive for 12-24 hours after ovulation whereas sperm can live for 48 hours to 72 hours after sex. To increase your chances of conception, you will need to figure out when you are ovulating.  Most women have a cycle once a month every 24 to 35 days and ovulation occurs around 14 to 15 days before a woman gets her period.  To keep track of everything (and avoid confusion) mark the day of your last period on a calendar so that you can be aware of when your body is ovulating and the most fertile.

Know Your Basal Temperature
Your basal body temperature will also help you to determine when you are ovulating. To determine your temperature, you will need a basal body thermometer that will need to be taken every morning. This will help you see a pattern of when you menstruate (noted by any temperature spikes) so that you can understand when you are ovulating.

Try an Ovulation Predictor Kit
These days you can also learn more about your ovulation by using an ovulation predictor kit. Available at all drugstores, these kits determine hormones in your pee, which can be indicated around 24 to 36 hours before ovulation. This is generally indicated with a symbol or smiling face noting that it’s ‘go time’ for procreation.

Try a Fertility Monitor
A fertility monitor is another way to track hormones and estrogen in your body for women who are not on any birth control or fertility drugs. This is a time-consuming option where you will have to test for six-seven hours where you will insert the stick into a monitor. Through the monitor you will know if you are at low, high, or peak fertility. You will have to use at least 10-15 sticks through the course of a test period to know if you are ovulating.

About the Author:
A Brooklyn-based writer and mom of two, Serena Norr created her original blog Seriously Soupy as a way to learn more about soups and to experiment with new ingredients. She also writes about healthy living, parenting and lifestyle topics on her blog Mama Goes Natural.

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