Before You’ve Missed a Period
— Very Early Signs of Pregnancy —
Wondering about the really early signs of pregnancy? Do you have unusual discharge, cramping, or nausea? Â Check your symptoms against 14 of the earliest signs that might indicate that you have conceived a baby!
OPK – Is it Positive?
If you’re new to using ovulation predictor kits (opks) to find out when you are most fertile, you’re probably wondering if you’ll recognize a positive opk test when you see one!
Ovulation predictor tests are used to detect the LH surge.Â LH (shorthandÂ for luteinizing hormone)Â is the hormone that peaks when there is a mature egg ready to be released from your ovary.Â To maximize your chances to conceive a baby, you want to have intercourse before you ovulate.
This is why detecting the LH surge with a positive opk is so effective.Â You’ll get a positive OPK result (indicting the LH surge has begun) before you actually ovulate, which is the ideal time for baby making.
Your cervix, located in deepest part of your vagina, is the entrance to your uterus. Your cervix position changes during your menstrual cycle and can give you clues about when you are most fertile.Â It may take some practice, but make a habit of regularly checking your cervical position and you’ll become familiar with how your cervix feels at each stage of your fertility cycle.
Conceive Baby Question:
What is the LH surge? How does Luteinizing Hormone help me conceive a baby?
The LH surge refers to rapidly increasing levels of Luteinizing Hormone in your body in the 24 to 48 hours before you ovulate. LH originates from your pituitary gland and is signaled to surge when the egg cell matures and is ready to be released for fertilization.
If you are trying to conceive, having sex when you are most fertile is obviously the fastest path to parenthood. Of course, that begs the question, exactly when are you most fertile?
Even though you can have sex anytime, there are only a few days each month you are able to conceive. In fact, the time frame for conception may be measured in mere hours, rather then days. Timing sex for when you are most fertile is crucial for getting pregnant as quickly as possible.
Can Instead Softcups Help You Get Pregnant Faster?
Instead for Conception
TheÂ Instead cup is being used for conception! After 20 years on the market as a menstrual alternative to tampons or pads, the Instead Softcup is now a fertility aid for many couples trying to conceive a baby. Free of toxins and hypoallergenic, using the Instead cup for conception is a safe and interesting experiment that may help you get pregnant faster.
How to Use Instead Cup as a Fertility Aid
Used as a â€œconception cupâ€ (or alternatively, conception cap) instead of a menstrual cup, the flexible Instead cup is placed in your vagina after intercourse to help the semen pool against your cervix. After you have sex, lay on your back and tilt your hips up to retain as much semen inside your vagina as possible. Then insert the Instead cup (detailed instructions come with the product) to catch the seminal fluid near your cervix. Once the conception cap is in place, you can move around freely without worrying that sperm leakage will reduce your chances of getting pregnant.
You can also catch semen directly into the cup and then insert it into your vagina, but this might be difficult to do without spilling.
You can wear the Instead cup for up to 12 hours, although this is longer then necessary for use as a fertility aid. The Instead cup is comfortable to wear, easy to insert and remove, and cannot get lost inside of you. Made of mineral oil and Polyethylene (plastic), there are no chemicals that will damage sperm. Each disposable Instead cup can only be used once, you risk infection otherwise.
Instead cups are inexpensive and have no expiration date. If you get pregnant before you use an entire package, you can use them for menstrual cups after your baby is born. Or save them until you are trying to conceive again!
Â When Do I Ovulate?
Use our Ovulation Day Calculator to predict ovulation and, if you conceive a baby this month, what your due date will be.
This is tool is based on averages, and you should use a combination of fertility signs to predict ovulation.
Ovulation and Cervical Mucus
When ovulating, your cervical mucus can give you important clues about when you are most fertile. Cervical mucus (often abbreviated CM) is your body’s natural way to make your vagina and uterus sperm-friendly, guiding and protecting the sperm on their way to your fallopian tubes and waiting egg.
Cervical secretions change throughout your cycle. When you are not close to ovulation, mucus is usually absent. You may first notice wetness in your vagina a few days after your period ends as your body prepares for ovulation. The best way to monitor your cervical mucus is by checking daily and keeping track of the results in a preconception journal. You will start to notice patterns that will help you predict ovulation and choose the best times to have sex to conceive. If you are worried your body doesn’t produce enough CM, there may be ways to naturally increase your cervical mucus.
Getting Pregnant After the Pill
If you’ve been taking oral contraceptives, you probably have questions about getting pregnant after the pill. How soon can you get pregnant after the pill? Is it hard to get pregnant after birth control? You took the pill for a long time, will this affect your fertility? Should you wait a few cycles after stopping the pill to try to conceive?
How the Birth Control Pill Works
The birth control pill works by suppressing ovulation. Oral contraceptives are typically formulated with a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When you take the pill, your body’s natural hormone regulation system is overridden. Instead of responding to changing hormone levels and cycling through menstruation and ovulation, your body is tricked by the constant elevated levels of hormones delivered by the pill. Your ovaries don’t receive the signal to begin maturing follicles, never release eggs to be fertilized, thus preventing pregnancy.