Have you been trying to get pregnant for a while without success? Continue reading to see the reasons you may be experiencing delays.
Quite a number of women would like to get pregnant and a lot try for a long time without achieving their desired result.
Did you know that for every couple there is only a 25% chance of getting pregnant each month? Did you also know that for each couple, there may arise certain factors or health complications that may further reduce this chance of getting pregnant each month?
One in seven couples experience delays getting pregnant, and for thesd couples, any of the following may be a factor for their delays.
Here are Some Top Reasons Why You are Experiencing Delays Getting Pregnant
1. You May be Stressed
Stress is bad for the body and especially so for a woman actively trying to conceive.
Stress hinders conception by screwing up your hormones and one of the hormones that gets affected is the hormone that triggers your ovaries to release a mature egg each month and also preparing your body for conception.
If you find you are stressed out most of the time, you should relax, remove all the stressors from your life and wait for the pregnancy to happen.
2. You Use the Wrong Lubricant
Another reason why you experience delays getting pregnant is the use of the wrong lubricant.
Most lubricants are unfriendly to sperm and kill the sperm before they get the chance to fertilize the egg.
They work by changing the natural friendly PH mucus of the vagina, making it acidic which affects the sperm motility.
If using lubricants, you should opt for water-based lubes while avoiding silicon-based ones as these are known to kill sperms.
In essence, you should avoid lubricants with glycerin or propylene glycol as active ingredients to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
3. You Have Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits
Unhealthy lifestyle habits can also negatively affect your chances of getting pregnant.
Here are some lifestyle choices or habits and how they affect conception and pregnancy:
– Excessive Drinking and Smoking
These habits promote irregular ovulation in women. They increase your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy, reduce the quality of your eggs, and also increase your risk of a miscarriage.
For men, these unhealthy lifestyle choices reduce the quality of your man’s sperm as well as the sperm motility (how fast they can move towards the egg before they due).
– Taking Too Much Caffeine
Taking too much caffeine is also bad for pregnancy or your chances of getting pregnant.
While taking a cup of coffee or tea a day is okay, taking up to 300mg daily is considered unhealthy for conception as it could lead to reduced fertility and an increased chance of miscarriage.
– Too Much Exercise
All healthcare practitioners recommend some form of exercise regularly. However, doing too much can stress you out and this also negatively affects fertility.
Since exercise can’t be measured on a scale, it is recommended you don’t go above 45 minutes daily if you are trying to get pregnant.
4. Certain Female Health Issues
Being diagnosed with one or multiple health issues have been accounted for over 50% of all infertility cases.
There are a myriad of these health complications which affect conception and some of which are:
– Ovulation issues
– Poor egg quality
– Sperm allergy
– Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
– Female blocked fallopian tubes
– Male blocked fallopian tubes
– Sperm issues
– Tuberculosis in the genital tract
– Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
– Immune system diseases (like asthma, diabetes, or kidney diseases)
Some of these health complications may present no symptoms or bring about symptoms that usually are not a cause for alarm. If you have been trying to get pregnant for an extended period, usually a year or six months if you the woman are above 35, your doctor will usually run some tests to find out the cause for your delayed fertility and prescribe the corresponding treatment.
5. You Wash Up Immediately After Sex
While it hasn’t been medically proven that lying still after sex increases your chances of getting pregnant, it is recommended as logically standing up right immediately to go wash up causes the sperm to obey the law of gravity and go downwards, instead of upwards towards the egg.
You should lie still for at least 20 minutes, with a pillow placed under your bum to tilt it slightly upward, an act believed to help the sperm move faster.
6. You Don’t Have Sex at the Right Time
There is a right time to have sex if you plan on getting pregnant.
The egg you release survives for just 24 hours, so you should have sex a day or so before you ovulate.
If you are unsure of your ovulation time, a pretty basic ovulation test to carry out is to count 14 days from the first day of your last period and start having sex during this time.
Since sperm can usually survive up to a week inside you, this will increase your chances as the sperm will stay put until the egg is released.
7. You Have Weight Issues
The wrong weight can also negatively effect your chances of getting pregnant.
Women who are too thin or too fat struggle to get pregnant.
To increase your chances of a pregnancy occurring, you should get your weight to an ideal state.
8. Your Partner Possibly Has Male Fertility Issues
You may also experience delays getting pregnant if your partner has one or more male fertility issues.
Since 40% of all infertility cases stem from the man, it is recommended your man also gets checked.
Some top causes of infertility issues in male include:
– Infection (like epididymitis where the testicles get infected)
– Ejaculation Issues (like absense of sperm in the ejaculated semen or retrograde ejaculation)
– Low sperm count
– Bad sperm morphology or motility
– Anti-sperm antibodies
– Pituitary tumors
– Venous leak
– Undescended testicles
– Torsion (or twisted testicles)
– Erectile dysfunction
– Nerve damage
Just as with female infertility, couples usually go on to conceive when your partner successfully undergoes the appropriate infertility treatment.