Are you maximising your chances of getting pregnant?
If you’re trying to get pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the near-future, are you taking the right steps to boost your chances of success?
Please note that this quiz is not diagnostic, it is for information purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health, please see a medical professional.
Are you more likely to get pregnant if you have sex while ovulating (when your egg is released from your ovary during your menstrual cycle)?
You usually ovulate 10 to 16 days before your next period, and you’re more likely to fall pregnant if you have sex around this time. However, not every woman’s cycle is 28 days long, and you may be fertile on days outside of this window.
You should try to have sex 2 to 3 times a week throughout the month to maximise your chance of getting pregnant.
Do you need to orgasm during sex to get pregnant?
An orgasm doesn’t increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Are you more likely to get pregnant if you have sex in a certain position?
You can get pregnant by having sex in any position — including standing up. There is no particular position that makes it more likely that you’ll get pregnant.
Does lying down after sex increase your chance of pregnancy?
There's no evidence to suggest that resting after sex or lying down with your legs raised in the air, increases your chances of getting pregnant.
Can some lubricants make it harder for you to get pregnant?
Some lubricants and gels can harm sperm quality and make it harder for sperm to move freely, making you less likely to get pregnant.
Can your weight affect your chances of getting pregnant?
Your body mass index (BMI) can affect your chances of falling pregnant. Being underweight (a BMI under 19) or overweight (a BMI over 25) can have a negative impact on your fertility.
A healthy BMI is between 20 and 25.
Does smoking affect your chances of falling pregnant?
Both smoking and breathing secondhand smoke may harm fertility and may reduce your chances of getting pregnant by as much as 40%. There’s also some evidence that smoking can harm the quality of a man’s sperm. E-cigarettes should also be avoided.
Does drinking alcohol affect your chances of falling pregnant?
You should avoid drinking alcohol if you’re trying to get pregnant as it can harm your fertility. Excessive alcohol can also affect the quality of a man’s sperm. Cutting out alcohol will usually help protect your baby if you do fall pregnant and don’t realise immediately.
Do you need to cut caffeine to increase your chance of pregnancy?
Caffeine doesn’t appear to affect your chances of getting pregnant. However, eating or drinking too much caffeine while pregnant can cause miscarriage and low birth weight.
It may be safer to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg per day (about 2 cups of average-strength coffee) while you’re trying to get pregnant.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, how long should you wait before seeing a doctor?
It’s estimated that 85% of couples fall pregnant within 1 year of having sex regularly (2 to 3 times a week) without using contraception.
If you’re not pregnant after a year of trying, see a doctor. And if you’re 36 or older, or you have existing fertility issues, see a doctor if you’re not pregnant after 6 months of trying.
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