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The secret to conceiving quickly is getting a handle on your body's ovulation schedule. Get familiar with your ovulation so you can time sexual activity accordingly. Ovulation prediction kits can be purchased at the pharmacy, and can come in handy because they alert you before you ovulate.

Most women release one egg per menstrual cycle. The egg must be fertilized within a certain time frame to result in a pregnancy. Sometimes this window of time is very brief; only three or four days. Taking a methodical, systematic approach can help you and your partner "hit the bull's-eye" faster.

The good old fashioned (and free) method of tracking and predicting ovulation is to chart you basal body temperature (BBT) and check your cervical mucus. Basal Body Temperature is the lowest temperature during a 24-hour period. A good time to find your BBT is first thing in the morning. When your BBT is high, most likely you are ovulating. Once you get an understanding of when ovulation happens for you, it's time to get busy.

Time sexual intercourse so that you are having sex during your most fertile days. Generally, you are most fertile three days before ovulation, up until the day ovulation occurs. Sperm can live inside your body for around six days.

If your ovulation cycle is irregular or hard to predict, another strategy is to hit the sheets every other day. This will ensure that you have sperm on standby, ready to jump on the opportunity when an egg is released.

In 2009, Dutch researchers found that women who remained flat on their backs after intercourse for 15 minutes were more likely to conceive, compared to women who got up right away after intercourse. As such, it might make sense to be still for a bit after having sex to increase your chances.

Try not to let all the method and science of the conception process take the fun out of out of baby making. Studies have shown that you have a better chance of conceiving of you are not stressed out.

In the meantime, make sure you are doing the right things to make your body receptive to conception. Cut out alcohol, recreational drugs and smoking, as these habits are known to interfere with fertility. Cut back on caffeine, and start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid . You and your husband should both void hot tubs, saunas, or too-hot baths during the process (excessive heat kills sperm).

If you are younger than 35, and try for a year with no success (or for 6 months if you are older than 35), see an obstetrician about possible fertility treatments. If you suspect a fertility problem, go ahead and make an appointment. It won't hurt to get information, and there is no reason to delay.

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The secret to conceiving quickly is getting a handle on your body's ovulation schedule. Get familiar with your ovulation so you can time sexual activity accordingly. Ovulation prediction kits can be purchased at the pharmacy, and can come in handy because they alert you before you ovulate.

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