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21 Tips On How To
Get Pregnant Fast
Philippa Carron, PhD
Wild Goose Publishing
A Division of Yelsel International Pty Ltd
Copyright В© Yelsel International Pty Ltd 2011
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not a medical document, and does not constitutes medical or healthcare advice. The information in this book
is of a general nature only and does not seek to describe every possible circumstance which may assist you
to conceive. Readers are strongly advised to make every possible effort to inform themselves of their own
health and medical circumstances in their attempts to conceive a child. While every attempt has been made
to verify information contained in his book, the author and publisher do not and will not assume any medical
or legal responsibility for errors of fact or omission of essential information, or situations that arise through
interpretation of information contained in this book.
About the Author — Philippa CARRON, PhD (Pippa)
Dr Philippa Carron is a business entrepreneur, having started a number
of businesses, and bought and sold several others, over the last 30
years. She is now an internet marketer, specializing in the production
and publishing of ebooks. She is also a professional technical writer and
editor, specialising in small business, health, medicine, biotechnology,
agriculture, and the environment. Pippa was born in Canberra and went
to the Australian National University where she obtained a PhD in
ecology. She worked in Senate Committees for a number of years before
leaving the public service and having two children. About the same time
she purchased a 600-acre horse agistment property which she managed
for eight years. She also led group tours to China during this period.
After selling the property, she returned for a few years to the public
service where she worked for the Australian Prime Minister's Science
Council. Following this, she established a consultancy in medical
biotechnology and then a business specialising in meeting management,
plus owned a travel agency for about a year towards the end of this time.
She sold her meeting-management business in mid-2009 and, after an
extended break traveling, moved into internet marketing and publishing.
The author – Dr Philippa
(Pippa) CARRON
Wild Goose Publishing
A Division of Yelsel International Pty Ltd
PO Box 9174 Deakin ACT 2600 Australia
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Contents
Part 1 — Why Can't I Conceive?
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Part 2 — Improving Your Own Health (For Women)
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Introduction
6
Tip #1 — Eat a Healthy Diet
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Tip #2 — Lose Weight If You Are Overweight
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Tip #3 — Get Enough Exercise
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Tip #4 — Get Enough Sleep
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Tip #5 — Don't Drink Alcohol, Smoke or Take Drugs
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Tip #6 — Reduce Everything Stressful in Your Life
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Part 3 — Improving Your Partner's Health (For Men)
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Introduction
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Tip #7 — Address Macro-Health Issues
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Tip #8 — Have A Check Up For Any Reproductive Health Issues
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Tip #9 — Take Nutritional Supplements
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Tip #10 — Change Your Type of Underwear And Stay Out of Hot Baths
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Part 4 — Improving Your Sex Life (For Both of You)
10
Introduction
10
Tip #11 — Have Sex More Often
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Tip #12 — Have More Enjoyable Sex
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Tip #13 — Climax Using Sperm-Saving Positions
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Tip #14 — Relax After Having Sex
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Tip #15 — Have Sex In The Morning
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Part 5 — Monitoring and Improving Your Fertility (For Women)
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Introduction
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Tip #16 — Get to Know Your Body
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Tip #17 — Use a Fertility Monitor or Ovulation Prediction Kit
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Tip #18 — Have Sex Before Ovulation, Not After
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Tip #19 — Look after Your Vaginal Health
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Part 6 — Address Any Mental health Issues and Negative Beliefs (For Both of You) 14
Introduction
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Tip #20 — Address Any Mental Health Issues
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Tip #21 — Explore Your Beliefs About Having a Baby
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Part 1
Why Can't I Conceive?
It is of course frustratingly ironic that the vast majority of young women, when
they become sexually active, spend loads of time and energy focusing on not
becoming pregnant!
Sadly, there are far too may cases of girls who become pregnant when they don't
want to have a child. In the meanwhile, there are so many couples who do want
to conceive a child, and can't. How can this be?
There are lots of reasons why young girls fall pregnant so easily:
they are generally young and healthy;
they are not stressed from other lifestyle factors;
they are at a very fertile time of their lives (plus their partners are at a very
fertile time of their lives too!);
they may have sex frequently and in an unstressed state;
they may not drink or smoke (much!);
they may not have been exposed to as many environmental chemicals, or
other factors which inhibit or prevent conception; and
they fail to use contraceptives, or the contraceptives they do use fail.
Similarly, there are lots of reasons why a woman fails to conceive, and many of
these reasons are opposites of why young women do conceive easily.
Women who fail to conceive, when they want to, are usually older women who
have deliberately avoided conception during their younger years. This means that
they are often:
less healthy, and becoming increasingly unhealthy (especially overweight);
stressed about trying to conceive (having tried and failed in the past);
stressed from other lifestyle factors as well;
too busy to have frequent sex and not relaxed when they do;
have acquired mental blocks to becoming pregnant and raising children;
and
suffering from the after-effects of using contraceptives for too long.
Plus their partners are also likely to be less healthy than when they were young,
and less virile, and less fit for repeated sexual activity.
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In addition to all these general health and lifestyle factors, there are some
common medical reasons why you might not be able to conceive easily. The
most common medical causes are untreated genital infections and sexually
transmitted diseases (STD), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes.
Less common, but no less important, are conditions such as chronic
endometriosis, or a physical obstruction in the cervical opening to the uterus that
blocks the passage of sperm.
Most women who fail to become pregnant easily, are not permanently infertile—it
is just that one, or sometimes several, temporary physical or psychological
conditions are preventing conception. There are very few women who are
permanently infertile, and even these women can be helped to become pregnant
with in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The first thing, therefore, that you should do when you are trying to conceive a
baby, is to visit your own physician for a general health check up. This should
include blood tests and a review of your gynecological history. You should also
discuss any prescription medication that you are taking, and whether it could
cause you to be less fertile and, most importantly, whether it could cause harm to
your baby if you do conceive. Your doctor should be able to tell at this first visit
you whether there are any obvious reasons why you have not been able to
conceive.
At the same time that you have a general medical check-up, your partner should
have one too. He should also be checked for STD, plus he should have a semen
sample tested for sperm quality and quantity (a sperm count and motility test).
If, after another four to six months of trying, you have still not conceived, you
should visit your doctor again and get a referral to a reproduction specialist
(usually a gynecologist) who will review your case in much more detail, and
perhaps carry out a laparoscopy to see whether there is anything internal that is
the cause of your apparent infertility.
In the meanwhile, there are lots of things that you can do to assist in conception.
The following 21 tips to getting pregnant are set out in five general categories:
(1) improving your own health;
(2) improving your partner's health;
(3) improving your sex life;
(4) monitoring your own body's fertility patterns; and
(5) addressing any negative beliefs about pregnancy, childbirth and having
children.
Many of these tips are good for your own health anyway, so have fun in your
quest to get pregnant!
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Part 2
Improving Your Own Health
— For Women —
Introduction
It is well known that women who have poor health, or whose bodies are very
stressed, have high rates of infertility. There are many factors which contribute to
'poor health' as far as conceiving is concerned. Being very overweight is a prime
reason, as is being very underweight or anorexic (when menstruation often stops
altogether). This also applies to women who exercise excessively (e.g. marathon
runners who over-train). These conditions seems to be an in-built form of
contraceptive, where the body decides that it is not the right time to carry a baby!
Other health-related factors include smoking and drinking to excess, and having
a very poor diet (such as excessive amounts of junk food and low-nutrition
processed foods). Physical and mental stress also play a large part in infertility,
as does lack of sleep, and disrupted sleep patterns (e.g. shift workers).
Tip #1 — Eat a Healthy Diet
It is essential that you maintain a good diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and
vegetables, as a foundation for good physical health. While you may not feel
unwell, a poor diet ( comprising high levels of saturated fats, salt, foods additives
and sugar) can make you 'sick' internally, without you realising it. If you improve
your diet while you are trying to conceive, you will not only increase your chances
of conceiving, you will be in much better shape for your impending pregnancy
which is certain to benefit your baby. Cutting down or eliminating caffeine also
helps, especially if you drink a large amount of coffee, tea or caffeinated softdrinks. Diet soft-drinks are not good for you either. So stick to water and herbal
teas.
Tip #2 — Lose Weight If You Are Overweight
If you are excessively overweight (obese) your chances of conception will be
improved considerably if you lose weight to the point of being back to within a
normal weight range for your height. Being grossly overweight or obese puts a
considerable strain on your internal organs, including your reproductive organs,
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as well as your heart, lungs, kidneys and liver, and carrying a baby in this
condition may result in considerable other health complications.
Tip #3 — Get Enough Exercise
While excessive exercise can prevent conception, getting the right amount of
exercise will considerably increase your chances of conceiving, and help you with
any stress problems that you may have. A good amount of exercise would be,
say power walking for at least 30 minutes every second day or every day, with a
break one day a week. Gradually increasing this level of exercise to 60 minutes,
6 days a week, will also help improve blood flow to your internal organs, including
your reproductive organs, and will dramatically improve your mental health,
especially if you suffer from depression, a well-known cause of temporary
infertility.
Tip #4 — Get Enough Sleep
Anything less than 8 hours sleep is not enough if you are trying to conceive. Not
enough sleep and poor quality sleep can add considerably to your stress levels
and prevent you from conceiving. Poor sleep habits can also be improved by
increased exercise, so get moving!
Tip #5 — Don't Drink Alcohol, Smoke or Take Drugs
This one seems obvious, but many women think that it is only after they become
pregnant that they need to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or
taking recreational drugs. Each of these three habits can affect your fertility, and
all three together can form a total block to conception. And because drinking,
smoking and taking drugs will affect your baby, it is vital that you stop before you
get pregnant.
Tip #6 — Reduce Everything Stressful in Your Life
Probably the greatest 'silent' cause of infertility is a build up of mental and
physical stress. Excessively long working hours and pressure at work, a long
commute to work every day, insufficient down-time and holidays, difficult family
situations, children, problems with neighbors, grief, and general discontent, can
all increase your stress levels. When many of these factors combine, your
chances of conceiving are greatly reduced. A concerted effort to reduce the level
of stress in your life will be good for your health overall, and certainly help you
become pregnant faster. Learning stress management techniques, such as yoga
and meditation (which research suggests can also help in getting pregnant) can
be very helpful.
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Part 3
Improving Your Partner's Health
— For Men —
Introduction
While men often start out with a presumption that they are not infertile, there are
many reasons why this can be the case. In fact, while men often presume that it's
their partner's fault when she doesn’t get pregnant, statistics show that low sperm
count, decreased sperm motility, or abnormal sperm shape are responsible for
infertility in about 40% of couples who have problems conceiving a baby. Female
causes account for 40% of infertility cases, and 20% can be attributed to a
combination of both. In fact, because it is so easy to test sperm, this should be
done well before any intrusive medical tests are carried out on female partners.
Tip #7 — Address Macro-Health Issues
As with women, reproductive health is lowered in men by unhealthy lifestyles.
Smoking, drinking, recreational drugs, and anabolic steroids all decrease sperm
count, or cause abnormal sperm morphology (shape). They can also interfere
with libido (sexual desire) and timing of ejaculation. High levels of exposure to
chemicals (such as herbicides and pesticides in foods) can also reduce sperm
number and motility, so eating organic food can help increase sperm health.
Some conventional medications can interfere with fertility, so men with fertility
issues who take prescription drugs should definitely consult their physician.
Tip #8 — Have A Check Up For Any Reproductive Health
Issues
A small proportion of men have physiological problems which interfere with
sperm production or transport. For example, there are some specific causes of
infertility, such as a varicocele, which is often responsible for low sperm counts
(varicoceles are enlargements of veins inside the scrotum that drain the testicles
and are found in 15 % of all men, and in up to 40% of men in infertile couples).
While you are talking to your physician, check out any prescription medication
that you may be taking as some conventional medications can interfere with
fertility, or check out their side-effects on the internet.
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Tip #9 — Take Nutritional Supplements
Research has shown that taking some nutritional supplements can assist men in
improving their overall health, and the endurance and motility of their sperm.
Useful supplements include:
vitamin C (which protects sperm from oxidative damage and improves the
quality of sperm, particularly in smokers);
zinc (is essential for proper sperm production and can assist where there is
a zinc deficiency);
arginine (an amino acid found in many foods that is needed to produce
sperm);
selenium (a toxic nonmetallic element which occurs naturally in the soil and
is essential, in very small doses, for general good health and sperm health);
vitamin B12 (essential for sperm production and good for reducing stress
too);
L-carnitine (like an amino acid in function, and related to the B-vitamin
complex and can increase sperm motility);
vitamin E (Supplementation with this antioxidant has been shown to
increase sperm motility and to enhance the ability of the sperm to penetrate
the egg in test-tube studies); and
calcium (good for sperm as well as healthy bones, and reducing stress).
It is best to consult your doctor or natural health practitioner before taking
nutritional supplements, especially if you are already taking prescription
medication. Taking a general multivitamin each day is a good way to start
improving your nutritional intake without increasing the amount of food you eat!
Tip #10 — Change Your Type of Underwear And Stay Out
of Hot Baths
It is well known that tight pants can affect the production of sperm in men. This
means throwing away any tight underwear and wearing loose boxer shorts
instead. Tight jeans, especially in hot weather, are also bad for sperm production.
Testes were made to hang out to keep cool (the optimal temperature for sperm
production is slightly lower than body temperature), so let your scrotum hang out
as much as possible. Wear sarong wraparound 'skirts' at home with no
underwear, if you dare!
Men with low sperm counts should also avoid hot baths or saunas while their
partners are trying to get pregnant. Given that sperm take up to 3 months to
mature, you will need to 'stay cool' for at least this length of time to improve you
sperm health.
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Part 4
Improving Your Sex Life
— For Both of You —
Introduction
Sex used to be fun! So what happened? There is nothing that makes sex seem
like a chore when it has to be carried out, especially at a particular time of month,
just to produce a baby! As with improving the general level of your health, if you
haven’t been able to conceive quickly, you are going to need to put some effort
into improving your sex life. But remember it should be fun. A commitment from
both of you to vamp up your sex life should also bring benefits in lots of other
ways—more togetherness, more relaxation, more of those happy chemicals
circulating around your body, and less stress. You may need to talk about it first,
or even see a sex counselor, but unless you can have great sex often, your
chances of having that wonderful little baby arrive in 9 month's time, will be really
diminished.
Tip #11 — Have Sex More Often
It might seem obvious that having sex more often does actually increase your
chances of getting pregnant simply on a statistical basic (more often = more
opportunity!) and, yes, that certainly does help! But there are other conceptionrelated reasons for having sex more often. Regular sex brings with it the benefits
of increased receptivity in women and increased sperm count in men. So what is
more often? The experts say about three times a week, and every day during the
ovulation period (you can take a break during your partner's menstruation period
if you need to !). On the basis that sperm can remain alive in a woman for several
days, this gives the best chance of them connecting with an ovum.
Tip #12 — Have More Enjoyable Sex
If you have got out of the habit of having regular sex as you aged, or had more
demanding jobs and lifestyles, having more regular sex can seem like a chore,
especially if one of you is more keen about having a baby than the other. It's
important to focus on having more enjoyable sex, and reduce the focus on having
to have sex. This can be done in lots of different ways, such as having a romantic
evening beforehand, watching sexy movies together, and having sex in different
places, or positions. Stronger orgasms, for both men and women, are also
believed by some researchers to improve the chances of conception.
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Tip #13 — Climax Using Sperm-Saving Positions
Yes, there are hundreds of potential positions for having sex, and you can try
them all when you are making love. However, when it comes time for the man to
climax (i.e. ejaculate), there are two positions that are best for assisting
conception. The first is the well-know and much-used 'missionary' position (man
on top) as it allows for deeper penetration, with the ejaculate (i.e. semen), being
deposited closer to the cervix. The second position is colloquially called the
'doggy' position (rear entry into the vagina), which also allows for deep
penetration. Avoid positions where the woman is on top, or standing positions, as
gravity will push the ejaculate downwards and the semen will usually leak out.
Tip #14 — Relax After Having Sex
No, you don’t have to lie with your legs up the wall after sex, but you do have to
relax and stay in a horizontal position for at least 10 to 15 minutes afterwards (or
even longer if possible) to allow the sperm to swim their way to safety into your
uterus and up the fallopian tubs! You can improve your chances of getting
pregnant if you place a pillow under your hips, and tilt your pelvis forward. Getting
up immediately and washing or douching will definitely reduce the chances of
conceiving, so stay lying down and relax.
Tip #15 —Have Sex In The Morning
Men usually have a higher sperm count in the morning than in the evening, so
having sex in the morning will also increase your chances of getting pregnant.
You may be late for work, but you should arrive with a smile on your face!
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Part 5
Monitoring and Improving
Your Fertility
— For Women —
Introduction
If you are like most women, you won’t have focused too much on your monthly
reproductive cycle, except if has caused you problems, such as serious period
pain or excessive bleeding (dysmenorrhea). But when you are trying to conceive,
you will need to pay particular attention to you body to check for signs of
ovulation. This means noting any changes in smells, secretions and temperature,
as well as in your mood. Keeping a diary can help track these slight but
significant changes.
Tip #16 — Get to Know Your Body
It is vitally important that you learn more about your own body, and especially
about your own fertility cycle. As well as monitoring your time of menstruation,
you will need to calculate the time when you think you ovulate. If your cycle is
very irregular, you will need to monitor it for a three to four months to work out
your own tell-tale signs of ovulation. Keeping track of your body's changes over
the monthly cycle with written notes is essential.
If you have been using an oral contraceptive, patch or ring, it may take a couple
of months for your body to get back into a normal, post-contraceptive rhythm.
This is especially the case of you have been taking a contraceptive continuously,
such that you didn’t menstruate.
Tip #17 — Use a Fertility Monitor or Ovulation Prediction
Kit
The 'average' woman has a menstrual cycle of 28 days, with ovulation
approximately in the middle (at day 14). However, very few women are
completely regular, with many having longer or shorter cycles. Stress, in
particular, can have a disruptive effect on period regularity. If you do not have an
obvious time when you ovulate (some women get spotting and some women
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have twinges of pain around the time they ovulate), then it is worth exploring a
fertility monitor or an ovulation prediction kit so that you can target your sexual
activity for those crucial few days (especially if you have a hectic lifestyle). Such
monitors and kits are relatively easy to use and are generally accurate in
predicting ovulation.
Tip #18 — Have Sex Before Ovulation, Not After
During ovulation, the ovum is released from the ovaries and enters one of the
fallopian tubes. From there it travels down into the uterus where it may only
survive for 24 hours. The ovum can be met by sperm as high up as the top of the
fallopian tubes, if they are strong little swimmers. Sperm can survive up to five
days, depending on the woman's internal environment and the health of the
sperm. Because it may only take a day for the ovum to travel through the
fallopian tubes, and the sperm can lie around and wait, is obviously much better
to have sex in the few days before ovulation than in the few days after.
Tip #19 — Look after Your Vaginal Health
The physical 'environment' in your vagina can vary dramatically according to a
range of factors—the time of month being the obvious one. However, it can also
be affected by the use of scented tampons, genital sprays, artificial lubricants,
and douching (washing out the vagina with soap and water). All of these factors
can make it harder for sperm to thrive after ejaculation as they interfere with
mucous production and create a hostile environment for sperm. If you need a
lubricant for intercourse, make sure that you are using a sperm-friendly one, and
not a contraceptive lubricant!
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Part 6
Address Any Mental health Issues
and Negative Beliefs
— For Both of You —
Introduction
The brain holds considerable power over the body, and there are many actions
that we take every day which are, unbeknown to our conscious mind, dictated by
our subconscious mind. These subconscious thoughts can have a powerful
impact on our bodies and it is important to work out whether you have any
limiting mental beliefs which may be interfering with your ability to conceive at the
same time that you are checking out the more obvious physical problems.
Tip #20 — Address Any Mental Health Issues
Statistics have shown that women who suffer from depression are twice as likely
to have problems with fertility as women who don’t. If you have problems with
depression, or other debilitating mental health problems (such as panic attacks,
unresolved grief, or excessive anger), then you will most likely need to address
those problems first. Not only will this assist in conceiving your much-wanted
baby, it will help afterwards when the baby is born, by minimising the possibility
of post-natal depression.
Tip #21 — Explore Your Beliefs About Having a Baby
Some women stop themselves from conceiving through negative subconscious
beliefs about pregnancy, childbirth and raising children. These beliefs can
particularly come from childhood trauma (such as sexual abuse or having an
alcoholic or abusive parent), or are a legacy of beliefs adopted in early adult life
about having babies, or about experiencing pain. If there seems to be no other
physical reason for you not conceiving, then you should gentle explore your
beliefs around pregnancy, childbirth, babies and children with a qualified
practitioner.
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