Ready to Conceive
What Not to Do If You Want to Get Pregnant


If you are gunning to make your coosome twosome a lot cozier with an added bundle of joy to snuggle with, there are some habits and practices you should avoid. What NOT to do are less known, so check below! Our list of no-no’s might be helpful on your journey to conception.

• Have sex whenever: Have sex even when you’re not ovulating. Frequent sex makes for healthier sperm, so doing the deed before your ovulation period might amp up your chances of getting the good swimmers when they’re needed. Even after your fertile cycle, sex may improve your chances. It also reduces pressure on you and your partner, easing performance anxiety brought by timed sex.

• Have fun and turn on the passion: Getting a bun in the oven isn’t just about quickie sex on the dot. It’s also about passion. Research may be ongoing, but it’s been found that lengthier foreplay and increased arousal increases sperm quantities and concentration, more cervical fluids, and increased chances of female orgasm. Of course, quickie sex may still bear fruit, but passion and fun can boost your odds and make the entire experience more enjoyable.

• Do not use lubricants or vaginal douche products: Being well-lubricated and feeling like you smell daisy-fresh makes sex more comfortable and pleasurable. However, many typical over-the-counter lubricating aids can be harmful to sperm. Using a douche can also seriously drop your conception odds as well as pose health risks like vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ectopic pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you need help with friendlier options.

• Seek help: If you’ve been trying to conceive for six months and you’re over 35 or trying for a year and you’re less than 35 years old, see a doctor and schedule an examination. Infertility may worsen with time and delayed treatment lowers your chances of getting pregnant.

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