Most women feel the desire to expand their family by having children. It is a maternal instinct found in most women, although there are some that prefer not to have.
During this post, we’ll be focusing on those that are trying, and all that one should know before trying to conceive.
Some women conceive quickly, others take longer, and then there are some who really struggle and have to try alternative means to fall pregnant. We are fortunate that so many studies have been carried out, and technology has improved in leaps and bounds, making it a lot easier and more accessible for women who struggle, to fall pregnant fairly easily. In the past there wasn’t much one could do but now there are various options to choose from.
How long does it take to fall pregnant?
This is really a very difficult question as no-one can give you the correct answer. It differs from women to women. Some women have a regular menstruation cycle where they ovulate 14 days after the start of their last period, this is when a woman is their most fertile.
There are also “signs” when one ovulates, some women know their bodies so well that they can feel that they are ovulating. Often men find women very attractive during ovulation which means that suddenly you have more male attention than before.
The body gives personal signs as well. Normally when a couple decides to fall pregnant, the lady will go off of the contraceptive that she is using, some wait a month or two to give their bodies a chance to get back into its “natural” phase. Within three months of “trying” you should fall pregnant if all is well.
This again differs from one to another as some have fallen pregnant within a month and some only months later. Again, this all has to do with being at the right place at the right time. Don’t stress about falling pregnant every time you get your period, as this puts a lot of stress on the body, mind and of course both of you.
There are charts that give you statistics on how long it can take and the percentage thereof. All the information out there can make you anxious and at times it’s rather better not to know too much information with regards to statistics.
Listen to your body and make decisions based on your personal discretion. If you think you are taking longer than normal, there is no harm in getting help from fertility services or speaking with your doctor.
When should you consider fertility treatment?
When we are young and the last thing we are thinking about is having children, one has to understand that there is a biological clock that is ticking – and you’re not getting any younger.
Experts in the field and gynecologists have said: If you are younger than 35, relatively healthy and have had intercourse using no protection whatsoever, and have not yet fallen pregnant, you should start thinking of seeking help.
If you are older than 35, healthy, and have not fallen pregnant in 6 months then you should consider alternatives and chat with an expert in the field.
A few Alternative fertility options to consider for those struggling to conceive:
Artificial Insemination (Intrauterine insemination or IUI)
The sperm that has been removed, is carefully prepared/“washed” and is inserted straight into the uterus through a thin, flexible catheter, the most common fertility procedure. With this method of choice, your gynecologist or doctor might suggest that you take fertility drugs as well, this will assist and increase the chances of fertilization. This is a simple procedure which can be done in the doctor’s rooms.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Eggs are extracted and fertilized with sperm in a lab. As soon as the embryos have developed, one or two are then implanted into the uterus and the remainder embryos are stored. This method is often given to couples who have serious fertility problems. This can be a rather costly procedure.
Fertility drugs are normally the cheapest option and have also become rather common and there are two choices. Either by taking a tablet or injection. Fertility drugs release hormones which we need, to induce ovulation to boost egg production and make the uterus more responsive to embryo implantation. This is normally given to women who can’t ovulate.
Sperm donor means that the sperm is taken from another man other than your husband or the man you have chosen as the father of your children. The method used is the Artificial Insemination method (IUI or IVF).