Feeling the tick of that notorious biological clock is enough to turn the most patient woman into Veruca Salt -- "But I want it now!" Fortunately, there are easy steps to speeding along conception, no matter how long you've been trying.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Dr. Alexandra Sowa. And today, I'm going to talk to you about ways to get pregnant faster. Make a checkup with your doctor. It's really important to go over your health history before you even start trying to get pregnant. It's important to identify any diseases you might have, like hypertension, diabetes, or thyroid disease that really need to be under control before you even start trying to get pregnant. Try to get at your ideal BMI, or body mass index. The best BMI for conception is between 20 and 25. When you either have too much, or too little fat your hormones become disturbed and it becomes harder for you to get pregnant. Stop smoking before you even get pregnant. Studies show that women who smoke, try and conceive take up to 1.5 years to conceive, and this is a long time, so throw away that pack of cigarettes. Next, both partners should limit alcohol and steer clear of drugs While most women know that they need to limit alcohol and do no illicit drugs when they're trying to conceive. It's also important for your male partner to also limit these things as well. In fact, men who do marijuana Only once a week have a decreased sperm count by about a third. Consider getting pregnant in the cooler months. Research actually shows the sperm is at it's healthiest in the Winter and Spring. You should try to determine when your body ovulates. Traditionally a woman ovulates 14 days before her period. So women often track in the months before trying to conceive when they're ovulating. You can do this either with basal body temperature or ovulation predictor kits. It's also a good idea to download an app on your phone so you can start Tracking the length of your cycles. Once you figure out your ovulation schedule, have sex in the four days leading up to ovulation and one to two days after. Avoid lubricants. Commercial lubrication actually negatively affects Affects sperm motility making it harder for the sperm to reach the egg. So ditch the commercial lubricants, if you need some extra lubrication turn to natural alternatives like olive oil. And those are eight ways to get pregnant faster. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]