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.