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TTC Means Trying to Conceive
What's TTC? That's Trying to Conceive. That's one of the many acronyms you might come across when researching how to get pregnant. You might roll your eyes at the advice to just "get healthy," but there's a lot to be said when it comes to small changes that can be accomplished to improve fertility health. I'm currently trying some of these methods myself. If I successfully conceive, I will be extremely happy!
Consider a Menstrual Cup To Conceive
After doing the deed, you may notice that a significant amount of 'potential babies' may leak out. Inserting a menstrual cup after doing the baby-making dance can increase the chances of getting pregnant around ovulation time. Menstrual cups do have a learning curve to get used to. Different sizes come for different women. Women who are plus-sized or who have already had more than two children may need a larger menstrual cup. Women who are smaller or who have not had children may best benefit from a smaller cup. The menstrual cup will act as a catcher's mitt and keep the male reproductive fluid alive, warm, and inside the body. It may work best if you emulate Julianne Moore in the "Big Lebowski" and put your legs straight up in the air after having sex, while supporting your back with a pillow, after inserting a menstrual cup. This will make sure that as much male reproductive fluid goes towards the end goal as possible. The cup ensures that no potential babies are left behind through the day! You can leave the cup in for twelve hours, unless it interferes with daily bodily functions. I bought a menstrual cup myself last year. I was quite nervous about it, as it seemed something a bit foreign and strange. It has worked wonderfully for its intended purpose, but it has served another purpose to me: for trying to conceive! Personally, the menstrual cup I used for heavy flow has been a blessing, as it's specially designed for heavy flow, but it can also be used to 'store' large deposits of 'male reproductive fluid' without having it all spill out!
Mucinex May Be Your Friend When TTC
There have been many reports on TTC forums of women having a positive test after a few rounds of Mucinex. Mucinex thins the mucus in not only the respiratory passages, but in other parts of the body that have mucous membranes. This makes fluids runnier, more free-flowing, and less dense, which is perfect for the female reproductive environment. This womanly reproductive mucus may be thinned, and as a result, work as a better vessel for carrying sperm to the donut-shaped end goal area and onward. Thick mucus 'down there' may act as a barrier and prevent pregnancy, which is why Mucinex may be a conception friend.
Pineapple, Bromelain and Trying to Conceive
Pineapple's core has a particular substance called Bromelain. Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties. When ingested on the day of conception, plus five days after, the chances of a baby 'sticking' may improve due to an upgraded uterine lining and lessened inflammation within the uterus. Bromelain mildly thins the blood, much like baby aspirin, except it does so in a completely natural way without over-the-counter medications. Avoid eating pineapple in between ovulation cycles, as the high acidity can have an adverse effect, affecting the PH of the delicate feminine reproductive areas. Make sure the pineapple ingested is fresh and focus on the core of the pineapple. You may want to
Getting Pregnant Faster with Pre-Seed
Pre-Seed is friendly for male reproductive fluid. It is very close to a woman's fertile fluids. Most lubrication serums on the market create an extremely harsh environment for potential babies. Several changes can occur within the woman's inner reproductive areas, and these changes could affect pH of the environment, the consistency of membranous fluids, or damage the male reproductive fluid itself. Pre-seed will not harm or limit the little swimmers as most lubricants can. It's glycerin-free as well as pH-balanced. It is isotonic, meaning that it does not have a drying effect. Therefore, sperm can swim freely to their target. Using Pre-Seed is a bit different; you have to insert the plunger all the way inside, twist the applicator, and squeeze the contents inside. This small change can make all the difference.
Hysteroscopy and Increasing Chances for Conception
A hysteroscopy may be necessary for women who have had an unusual imaging report that is showing a lot of polyps within or around the uterus. It is primarily used for 'scraping' the uterus clean. Sometimes polyps may block essential reproductive occurrences from happening, or old tissue may be leftover from previous pregnancies or miscarriages. A hysteroscopy leaves the cavity of the uterus area clean, clear, and free of debris. Usually, the material removed is examined to make sure it is benign in nature. I had a hysteroscopy a few months ago. I looked up some experiences on YouTube, and while I was nervous, everything ended up being fine in the end. I had polyps within my uterine walls, and a few other issues that a hysteroscopy was able to resolve in a painless manner.
Fertility Monitor for TTC
You can try checking your fertility with saliva tests, cervical mucus, or temperature, but a more reliable way is through a fertility monitor. Fertility monitors help a woman find out what days she is most fertile. When ovulation happens, this is the most fertile time in a woman's cycle. Ovulation releases a hormone in the urine called the luteinizing hormone, also known as the LH. Even though it's always present in your urine, concentrations of the luteinizing hormone increase during ovulation. It may appear as a super dark line next to the control line, or on digital monitors, it may show a Flashing Smiley face for 'quite fertile' to a Nonflashing smiley face for 'fertile'.
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The Big "O"
Try to achieve the big "O." Being able to completely release and enjoy the experience of making a baby (by achieving climax) can help one get pregnant. Contractions experienced after achieving this peak can help propel the male reproductive fluids from the entry area closer to the eggs. It works best when the woman achieves her 'peak' after a man does. Many people don't realize this, but the female reproductive organ itself is somewhat curled into itself in a U-Shape. When it's 'woken up' through romance and physical intimacy, it expands to about six to seven inches. If a woman is having 'physical relations' but isn't feeling any excitement, the womanly organ will remain in a U-Shape, which not only makes penetration harder but reduces the chance of sperm getting very far.
Consider a Fertility Massage
Women who have a tilted, or retroverted, uterus may have a difficult time getting pregnant. This condition can be hereditary, and it may affect twenty percent of women. One can ask the OB/GYN health care professional if the uterus is considered normal or tilted. If the healthcare professional usually has a tough time locating, and then clasping on to the donut-shaped area leading to the uterus, using their tools, one may have a retroverted uterus. There are massage techniques, such as the Mayan Abdominal Massage, which could make a difference. It's supposed to help remove any internal tissue that's in the way, as well as loosen up older clots in the uterus. It can also assist in repositioning the uterus to improve blood circulation and even gastrointestinal issues while improving fertility. Many places offer this kind of massage.
Take a supplement that has Folate and DHA. Why folate over folic acid? Folic acid is synthetic, and folate occurs naturally in foods that have dark green leaves. Studies have shown that folate metabolizes better than folic acid. DHA is an Omega-3 fat. Fat is actually good for one's brain, and for a developing baby's body. Many women hate DHA and the fishy burps that might be acquired after ingesting it, so there are other options, like krill oil. Vegan Omega-3 supplements and spray do exist for those trying to keep it animal-free. Avoiding cassava supplements is essential. They are supposedly sold to increase fertility and even improve the odds of having twins, but safety standards do not regulate them. The quality of cassava can vary wildly, and large concentrations should be toxic.
I use a menstrual tracking app called My Calendar from the app store for my phone. It's great because it has a cute, comfortable interface that uses past menstrual cycle information to follow trends and cycle length, as well as ovulation and fertile dates. You can set up contraceptive medication reminders and even add notes. There's even a way to add days when you have been intimate, and whether protection was used or not. These kinds of apps are great because even though many women have irregular menstrual cycles, a doctor's office is going to ask for the last menstrual date. They don't want a guesstimate; they would like an exact date. Sometimes the exact date is hard to tell due to spotting or related issues, but looking at a tracker you've kept will tell you which day your cycle began, on the first day of a full day of bleeding.
Decrease caffeine, or eliminate it. Replace it with healthy teas, or even fertility teas. Be active, eat healthily. Even if you are not going to be within whatever Body Mass Index the 'experts' demand that you comply with to get pregnant, you should increase your activity if you are usually sedentary.
Make an Appointment
Know your risks and levels. Is there a family history of high blood pressure, or diabetes? Get a Pap Smear done to find out how what your cervical health looks like. It's also helpful to also have testing done to find any STDs that may have been lying dormant. Having a male reproductive count for the male and fertility hormone testing for the female helps to see where you are on the hormonal spectrum. With that said, good luck, and here's to the future, hope, and baby-making adventures. This is me, signing off and sending baby dust your way.
Scientific Research for Pineapples as a Fertility Aid
- The Combination of N-Acetyl Cysteine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, and Bromelain Shows High Anti-Inflammatory
Peer-Reviewed, Scientific Article linking Bromelin from Pineapples to Anti-Inflammatory Effects within the Women's Reproductive Region
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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