Getting pregnant is a topic I was uncomfortable talking about until I got a pregnancy-related job. I’ve been working for a private company that deals with female fertility for more than six years now. As I become a customer support of the said company, I became more aware of fertility. In fact, this topic should not be taboo in the first place.
Let me share with you 3 things that are vital when it comes to getting pregnant.
1. Infertility can happen to both man and woman
You can’t always blame the woman when a couple is having difficulty getting pregnant. In an infertility issue, 30% is caused by the woman. Another 30% is caused by the man. 30% more is caused by both the man and the woman together, and only 10% is unidentified.
Therefore, a couple should both visit their doctor to get checked if they want to boost their chances of conceiving.
Each woman’s body only has a set number of eggs. Additionally, her body releases the good eggs first. This means a woman is at the peak of her fertility in her early 20s. And that slowly declines as she age. Knowing when she ovulates is one of the ways to increases her chances of getting pregnant. This can be done by tracking her cycle using either a BBT thermometer, an ovulation predictor test or by using fertility trackers.
What’s interesting is, the same goes for men. Their fertility is determined by their body’s testosterone levels. According to Medical News Today, a drop in men’s testosterone levels may cause hypogonadism or infertility. Don’t worry gentlemen. There are also ways to maintain good testosterone levels in the body. They can either be by eating fertility boosting food or supplements, avoiding hot places like saunas, wearing loose jeans, or undergoing testosterone therapy.
2. There’s a thing called secondary infertility
Getting pregnant fast with your first child doesn’t guarantee that the same thing will happen with your second child. There are many reasons for the decline in fertility for both men and women. Among these are age, lifestyle choice, food intake, and vices.
What’s frustrating about secondary infertility is that the couple is mostly caught off guard. It is because they didn’t have troubles getting pregnant the first time. So, they wouldn’t expect that there will be a problem getting pregnant again.
However, yes, there’s is a thing called secondary infertility in trying to conceive.
3. The two-week wait
Two-week wait is among the topics that I learned from work that I’ll never forget. The two-week wait is the time between a woman’s ovulation to her expected period. If you are trying to get pregnant, this waiting game can be very anxious and stressful. However, if you want a more accurate result when you check that pregnancy test, go by the two-week wait.
It can be very tempting to grab that pregnancy test kit around this time. But, you’ll have to be very patient around this time.
On Fertility and Getting Pregnant Journey
There you go, the things I learned mostly from work. 🙂
No, we’re not trying to conceive “just yet”. Maybe a few years from now. Wait, how can we even do that when Dane is away? LOL! I know that getting pregnant and pregnancy does not come easy. So, it is my prayer that those who are struggling and are on their trying-to-conceive journey now will find courage from each other to believe in miracles.