Top 5 Tips to maximize your odds for getting pregnant

How often should couples have intercourse – every day? More? Less?

shutterstock_202543930Many of those high school sex-ed classes made you think getting pregnant was easy but by the time you’re in your early 30’s only about 20% of healthy couples will get pregnant in any given month.  If you have regular cycles you should have intercourse every other day around the time of ovulation.

Also remember that infertility impacts men and women equally. If it’s not working you both need to get checked out with a few simple tests. But, the most important advice is to have fun while trying; if it starts feeling like work then it might be time to see a specialist.

Does fertility really decline around age 35, or is this a myth?

Yes, fertility in women declines over time, and it is certainly more rapid after age 35.  Women are born with all the eggs we will ever have and the age of your eggs may not always reflect how many birthdays you have celebrated. So while egg quantity declines over time we’ve learned in recently published data so does egg quality. Genetic imbalances in eggs also increase as women gets older. Everyone has different family building goals, we understand. But, if you are thinking of trying to have a baby, the sooner the better.

How long should couples wait before looking into Fertility Treatment options?

If you’re under 35 and trying for a year without success or can’t stay pregnant it’s time to speak to a specialist who can help you find the safest and most effective options that feel right to you.  If you’re over age 35 it’s even less time – six months.

Not all fertility centers practice medicine the same way so patients need to do a little home work. Where you go for infertility care can make a big difference on your chance for success. At RMANJ our success rates are about 60% for patients under 35, nearly 20% higher than the national average.

What are your top tips for getting healthy before attempting to get pregnant?

Treat your body like your pregnant before having a baby.  Get your primary care doctor involved; they may recommend additional testing specific for you. Some basic rules of thumb:  eat a balanced diet, engage in healthy exercise, take a prenatal vitamin and treat yourself well.

Any advice for younger women who have medical conditions such as PCOS or endometriosis who wish to get pregnant?

Underlying medical conditions may make it more difficult to get pregnant, or stay pregnant.  If you have a medical condition you are concerned about, start the evaluation now to understand your options.  In general, conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis may impact your cycle, the quality of your eggs, or other factors that can make getting pregnant more challenging.

Dr. Marie D. Werner, FACOG

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey - Morristown, NJ and Eatontown, NJ

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