Many couples try to get pregnant for weeks or even months without successfully conceiving. Sometimes there is a fertility issue in the way, but often there is nothing biologically wrong that is preventing conception.

For healthy couples that are fertile, there are a number of ways to potentially raise the odds of becoming pregnant. Understanding the most common mistakes couples make while trying to conceive can help you avoid these mistakes and get pregnant faster.

One of the most common mistakes is charting your cycle, identifying when you may be ovulating and then only having sex during that window. Focusing on having sex during ovulation actually makes it less likely that you will become pregnant. This is because of how difficult it is to accurately predict when ovulation will occur. Most women do not have exactly the same cycle every month, and having sex even a day too late can make conception impossible.

Instead of figuring out exactly which day to have sex when you are most fertile, focus on having sex on a regular basis. It can be impossible for a busy couple to have sex every day, but having sex three times a week is quite possible and even eliminates timing issues to the point where you are nearly guaranteed to have sex during fertile periods every month.

Some women have irregular menstrual cycles and are unaware that this might be affecting their fertility as well. Having an irregular cycle does not necessarily mean that you are not ovulating at all, but it can mean that there is an underlying issue that does cause fertility issues, or it can indicate that you are not ovulating as often as you should be.

Women with longer cycles may have trouble getting pregnant because ovulation occurs only once per cycle and these women do not have as many cycles in a year. If your periods are too long or too short, it may be time to see a gynecologist and rule out any underlying problems, or look at options for restoring the cycle to its normal length so that ovulation occurs on a more regular basis.

Most couples are not aware that using lubricants during sex can hurt their chances of conceiving. Artificial lubricants are usually designed to be thick and long-lasting, which can act as a handicap on sperm and make it more difficult for them to reach the cervix and fertilize the egg. Most women produce enough natural lubricant on their own, and if you have trouble producing enough, take some extra time before sex to make sure you are relaxed and turned on.

Getting pregnant can seem impossible when you have been trying for months to conceive, but taking just a few steps to increase your odds can help make it happen. Having sex regularly, ensuring that your menstrual cycle is normal and healthy and using your own natural lubricant during intercourse are all steps that can bring you closer to a healthy pregnancy.

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