The first thing that frustrated couples need to know is that the chances of conception are extremely high. Only about five percent of couples have to deal with irrevocable sterility, which means that there is no chance that they will conceive. For everyone else, the odds are in their favor and it is not at all uncommon for couples to have difficulty getting pregnant. In fact, about one in every seven couples visit reproductive endocrinologists (fertility doctors) each year.
But in the vast majority of cases couples are merely frustrated by their inability to get pregnant and the problem can often be solved in a matter of minutes. How? Well, the most common misconception is that getting pregnant is easy and near instant. But the truth is that you must know what they are doing if you want to know how to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
It all starts with ovulation. If you have near heard this term before, it simply refers to the monthly release of an egg from a woman's ovary. Although this normally occurs on the 14th day of her menstrual cycle, the date can vary from month to month. The reason ovulation is so important is because the egg can only survive for 24 hours after release. This means that the sperm must locate the egg before the time is up. And since sperm can survive for days before they perish, the best time to conceive a child is during the week leading up to ovulation.
But as we mentioned, ovulation does not often run like a Swiss watch, which means that it often takes some effort for the parents to be. The easiest way keep an eye on it is for the woman to record her basal (body) temperature each and every morning on a calendar or graph. Since her temperature will rise during ovulation, this simple technique will let the couple know when the best time is to try to get pregnant.
Lastly, there is an old wives' tale that tells couples not to have too much sex when they are trying to conceive. Well, as you might expect, this is one-hundred percent incorrect. In fact, studies confirm that couples can increase their chances of conception by more than two-hundred percent if they make love each day of the week leading up to ovulation. This is the best way we know how to increase your chances of getting pregnant.