How Can I Increase My Chances of Getting Pregnant?

Many people ask for tips to get pregnant or how to get pregnant fast. While there are no guaranteed methods, here are some of the ways to increase chances of pregnancy:

  • Be healthy — maintaining good health is one of the best ways to increase fertility
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Make an appointment for preconception counseling to discuss your health history, medical conditions, previous pregnancy problems and anything else that could impact your chances of getting pregnant or the health of a baby
  • If you are concerned about getting pregnant at age 30 to 40 or beyond, you can contact a fertility specialist to check your ovarian reserve (egg supply)

When Should I Start Taking Prenatal Vitamins?

The CDC recommends taking a prenatal vitamin with 400mcg of folic acid at least a month before conception and throughout your pregnancy.

How Can I Know If I’m Ovulating?

Ovulation tests that can help determine a woman’s fertile days include:

  • Over-the-counter ovulation test kits that use urine to detect fertility hormones
  • Sonograms to track follicular development
  • Progesterone level testing

When Should I See a Fertility Specialist?

Experts agree that you should consider making an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) if you are:

  • Under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year or longer
  • Over 35 and have been trying for six months or longer

What is Secondary Infertility?

Secondary infertility is when a woman has been pregnant before and:

  • Is under 35 and has been unable to conceive a second time after a year or more of trying
  • Is over 35 and has been unable to conceive a second time after six months or more of trying

What Can I Expect at My First Visit to a Fertility Specialist?

Here is what you might typically expect at your first visit to a fertility specialist:

  • Full medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Initial testing to check your egg supply, uterus and fallopian tubes

Are There Foods That Cause Infertility?

Research has found that foods high in mercury may be associated with infertility. These include shark, tuna and other deep sea fish and seafood.

What is Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)?

PGS is a screening that checks the embryo to make sure it has a healthy number of chromosomes, which increases pregnancy chances and allows the implantation of one embryo at a time.

Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Women are born with all the eggs they are ever going to have and those eggs age along with the rest of the body. Freezing your eggs is a way to postpone pregnancy and have younger eggs when you are ready to get pregnant. Before you start researching the cost to freeze your eggs or of freezing embryos (fertilized eggs), you might want to see a fertility specialist to determine if freezing your eggs is the best option.

How Long After a Miscarriage Should You Wait to Get Pregnant?

Experts recommend waiting at least 1-2 months after a miscarriage before trying again.

How Does Obesity Cause Infertility?

Excess weight causes hormonal imbalances and can create problems with ovulation.

Can Coffee Affect Your Ability to Conceive?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the March of Dimes recommend limiting caffeine intake during pregnancy to less than 200mg daily. That’s about one twelve-ounce cup of coffee.