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How To Get Pregnant

It might seem like a simple question – how can you get pregnant?† But apparently, 24 million people search “how can I get pregnant” on Google every month. So as an OB/GYN and mother, I want to help.

Iím going to assume youíve learned about the birds and the bees. You know that babies donít come from storks and they donít magically pop out of a womanís belly. You know that a guyís penis goes inside the vagina, the guy bounces up and down until his penis sort of sneezes (ejaculation), sperm are released, and they unite with a womanís egg during that time of the month when she ovulates. Then boom – a baby is made!

Many of us spend the majority of our youth trying to avoid getting pregnant. Then, all of the sudden, when weíre ready to become parents, weíre baffled about what to do.† So how DO you get pregnant?

Tips For How To Get Pregnant

1.†††††Stop using birth control. 90% of couples get pregnant within a year simply by stopping birth control and having lots of sex. You donít need a washout period. Just stop your birth control pill, quit using condoms, take out your IUD, stop withdrawing before ejaculation, or get rid of whatever has been preventing pregnancy in the first place.

2.†††††Have sex. Youíd be surprised how many infertile couples Iíve counseled who have only had sex twice in a year. If you donít have sex, it can be very hard to get pregnant!

3.†††††Mark your calendar. Chart your periods on a calendar and track the number of days each period lasts. For most women with a 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs approximately 14 days after the midpoint of your cycle. If you have a consistent 28-day cycle, for example, ovulation is likely to begin about 14 days after the day your last period began. If you have a longer cycle, such as 35 days, the predictable part is the last 14 days. Just subtract 14 days from the length of your cycle, and youíll have a good guess as to when you probably ovulate (day 21 from the first day of your last cycle, in this case).

4.†††††Recognize the discharge of ovulation. Watch for changes in your cervical mucus. Just before you ovulate, you may notice that your vaginal discharge starts to look and feel like egg whites. This clear, slippery discharge will help you predict when itís your time. After ovulation, when the odds of becoming pregnant decrease, your discharge may become cloudy, thick, sticky, gummy, or disappear altogether.

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Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the†Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.† She is on a grassroots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.† Lissa blogs at†LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities -†HealHealthCareNow.com and†OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.

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3:03AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

If it will never happen for us, adoption is on the table :), so many homeless children in this world...

3:01AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

point 10 is the one I have difficulties with, keep believing....:s

6:51PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Kara C. makes a good point. lol

2:28AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

I'm in my early 40's. I lost a pregnancy when I was 30. My first live birth (and second pregnancy) to a son that is now 11. I have sex with my husband daily. If we skip once, usually the next day, it's twice, sometimes more often than the average of once a day. I have no trauma, and no regrets. I have regular cycles, every month, though the length and heaviness of the cycle varies each month. I can't seem to get pregnant. I am also on various medications, none that state that becoming pregnant would be difficult. My hormones tested "normal" for my age range.

This article does NOT help me one bit at all... And yes, I eat a very healthy diet, where I have 2 fruits, 4+ veggies, 6-9 starches (all in whole grains or whole foods), lean protein, and because I'm lactose intolerant, I take calcium tablets.

9:36PM PDT on Sep 23, 2011

It is very insulting for an "expert" to trust that it will happen if it's meant to be. What kind of fundamentalist BS is that. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3+ years and the only thing that will work is IVF, which we are doing in a few months. I am offended by this article.

8:40AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Thanks

6:42AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

i'm not sure people are asking how to get pregnant for birds and bees information. they are probably people who are having difficulty and want specialty advice. the real question should be why do people who can't get pregnant without extraordinary intervention are so set on spending the resources to do so. why not adopt? there are so many children who need homes. is your dna so amazing that you must make sure it survives into future generations?

11:15PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

great article :)

9:22PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

In a world that is way over populated for quite sometime now, it's not good to advise on how to get pregnant,but maybe how to "prevent" so may unwanted pregnacies..

7:51PM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Fertility is not a real issue in today's world.

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