A Must-Read for Fertility

As a fertility writer and someone obsessed with fertility and pregnancy, I have read a LOT of books and articles on the topic. One of my favorite fertility articles of all time is Optimizing Natural Fertility by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the "gold standard" of fertility scientists. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine analyzed multiple studies that looked at different factors affecting couples trying to get pregnant. They came up with some very helpful information, sharing the best time to try to conceive, and the best ways to maintain your health while trying to conceive.

I encourage you to check out this article and the handy-dandy charts contained within even though the authors recommend that this article is for those with "no history of or reason to question their potential fertility." I know that many of you have been diagnosed with infertility, and are already familiar with the information presented here. Many of you have "been there/done that" and are currently moving forward with infertility treatments to help you conceive. Still, the article clears up some myths, covers a multitude of subjects related to the TTC journey, and offers helpful health advice (do not smoke, achieve a healthy weight). For those of you who do have a lot of questions about how to get pregnant, who have not been diagnosed with infertility, and are trying to get pregnant on your own, this article may be extremely informative.

The article is so chock-full of awesome fertility facts, but I chose to highlight a few points, quoted directly from the article below:

  • The likelihood of [pregnancy] success decreases with increasing age.
  • If no conception occurs within 3 months...the probability of pregnancy per month decreases substantially.
  • Reproductive efficiency increases with the frequency of intercourse and is highest when intercourse occurs every 1 to 2 days.
  • The likelihood of conception can be maximized by increasing the frequency of intercourse beginning soon after cessation of menses.
  • Intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy when it occurs within the 3-day interval ending on the day of ovulation.
  • The probability [of pregnancy] is highest when [cervical] mucus is slippery and clear.
  • There is no known relationship between orgasm and fertility.
  • Fertility rates clearly are decreased in women who are either very thin or obese.
  • Smoking has substantial adverse effects on fertility.

Whether trying to conceive on your own, or starting fertility treatments, I wish you all the most amazing luck and success on your fertility journeys.

Britt Berg is a health and medical writer and Content Manager for Attain Fertility. Co-author of Making a Baby and a trained therapist, Britt is obsessed with all things fertility, pregnancy, and birthing.

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