In this video we will cover how to get pregnant. This video is part of a video series on sex related medical problems.
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What is a pregnancy and how do people normally get pregnant?
Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more children develop inside a woman’s womb. This starts with an ovulation. Which is the release of an egg cell from a woman’s ovaries into the fallopian tube (which connects the ovaries to the womb). This ovulation happens usually once every menstrual cycle, typically about 13–15 days before the start of each period. This is also known as a woman’s fertile period.
If unprotected sexual intercourse takes place in the days before or right after the ovulation, this could lead to fertilization of the egg cell. For this to occur the sperm cells need to travel from the vagina, to the womb, into one of the fallopian tubes where the egg cell is located. One of the sperm cells then unites with the egg cells after which the pregnancy starts.
Chances to get pregnant?
When you would have consistent intercourse during your fertile days and don’t use contraception, most couples (84%) will get pregnant within a year.
However, on an individual level it is impossible to predict how long it takes before someone gets pregnant. This depends on many different factors, such as: your general health, your reproductive health, how often you have sex, your age and many more.
Fertility problems are quite common and are seen in about 1 in 7 couples. In 40% of these cases there’s a problem with both the woman and the man. And in 25% of al couples no explanation can be found for the fertility problem.
Usually the fertility problem is multidimentional, however the most common cause is either a sperm disorder or an ovulation failure. Both can be caused by lots of factors, including:
Physical disorders: Obesity or anorexia.
Hormonal disorders: PCOS, pituitary gland or thyroid problems.
Reproductive disorders: infections, blocked fallopian tubes or a low sperm count.
Tips to get pregnant:
– It normal to try for a least one to two year years to become pregnant. Some women become pregnant quickly, while others take longer. This may be upsetting, but it’s normal.
– Start trying when you are younger, as women become less fertile as they get older.
– In addition the effect of aging on men’s fertility is less clear, but seems to be less of a problem.
– Furthermore, you’re most likely to get pregnant if you have sex within 1-2 days around your ovulation. As mentioned this usually happens about 14 days after the first day of your last period.
– An other rule of thumb could be to have seks every 2-3 days throughout the month. Then you don’t need to time the ovulation.
– Maintain a healthy weight with a BMI between 20-25 and exercise regularly.
– Quit smoking and the consumption of alcohol. This is not only necessary for women (as both can be dangerous for your unborn baby), but also for men as both can decrease the quality of sperm.
– The same is true for several prescription and recreational drugs.
– Disclaimer: this video and the comments are meant purely informational! This is not medical advice! If you are looking for medical advice always contact your own doctor. –
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