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There are a lot of half-truths and misleading information on ovulation and getting pregnant out there.
Trying to conceive somehow makes you available to all sorts of information, theories, and advice from concerned family and friends. Ordinarily, information like that may sound reasonable for instance, hanging or holding up your leg for some time after sex to enhance the movement of sperm to the fallopian tube. meanwhile, healthy sperm cells are good swimmers regardless of the sex position.
When you pay so much attention to some of these incorrect pieces of information on conception, you could be stressed out and possibly makes it harder for you to get pregnant at the end of the day. How do you know your myth from fact? especially when it comes to ovulation. Not to worry, we will be shedding light on some of these myths in this article.
1) Ovulation Occurs on Day 14 of Your Cycle
You must have heard that a woman’s cycle is 28 days and that ovulation is on the 14 day which is the mid-point. That is the average which is correct. what is quite wrong is assuming that every woman ovulates on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation may occur on day 14, as early as day 6 or 7, or as late as day 19 or 20 which is absolutely normal and depends largely on the length of the woman’s cycle. A woman with good fertility may have a cycle as short as 21 days or as long as 35 days. Knowing the length of your menstrual cycle is very important in determining your ovulation day.
2) Your Ovaries Take Turns Ovulating an Egg
This isn’t true. Your body doesn’t systematically “schedule” ovulation to alternate ovaries from month to month. Ovulation can switch from side to side, but it doesn’t have to.
It’s common for women to tend to ovulate more often on one side than the other, actually. That could be your left ovary or your right ovary; it depends on a number of factors. This is also why you may notice you get ovulation pain on one side more frequently than the other.
Which ovary releases the egg has more to do with which ovary has a follicle (which contains the developing egg, or oocyte) that reaches the final stage of maturity. At the start of your cycle, several follicles in each ovary begin to develop. Only one (or two) will make it all the way through the stages of development and ovulate. When more than one follicle releases an egg, that’s how you may conceive non-identical twins!
3) To Get Pregnant, You Need to Have Sex After You Ovulate
If you want to get pregnant, you need to have sex before you ovulate. Ideally, sex in the two days before ovulation is most likely to help you conceive.
This is a common misunderstanding, and it’s easy to see how people come to this conclusion. It seems to make sense that the egg needs to be present first before you send in the (sperm) swimmers. However, that’s not how it works.
First of all, sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for up to six days. The sperm will die off as the days pass, so the closer to ovulation you have sex, the better. But they don’t need to get there “at the moment” of ovulation.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the egg becomes nonviable very quickly. If a sperm cell doesn’t fertilize the egg within 12 to 24 hours of being released from the ovary, pregnancy can’t occur.
When you take into consideration this short viability window, sex after ovulation could be too late. (There are, however, other good reasons to have sex after ovulation.)
4) You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Health Habits Before You Get Pregnant.
You know you shouldn’t smoke or drink when you’re pregnant, and that you should be sure to eat a nutritious diet. But does it matter before you conceive? Yes, it does!
Smoking negatively impacts both male and female fertility. It’s also really difficult to quit overnight. Better to quit before you conceive.
While an occasional drink is likely okay, heavy drinking when you’re trying to get pregnant could harm your fertility. Also, you might accidentally drink when you’re in early pregnancy. Remember that you’re already four weeks pregnant by the time you can get a positive pregnancy test result.
As for your diet, what you eat matters when you’re trying to conceive. It’s especially important to get enough folate in your diet. Low folic acid intake is associated with an increased risk of birth defects.
5) You Can’t Get Pregnant After 40
All that said, getting pregnant after 40 is entirely possible. Plenty of our patients have babies after 40. It may take a little longer for you to get pregnant. But you’re not sterile just because you celebrated your 40th birthday. Even if you’ve started perimenopause.