One of the major concerns for women who experience irregular periods is that they won't be able to get pregnant. Although conception can be more difficult when you have irregular periods, it isn't impossible.
To conceive, an egg that leaves the ovaries must meet a sperm travelling down the fallopian tube and become fertilized. Having irregular periods doesn't usually mean that you don't ovulate; it simply means that knowing when you ovulate and knowing when to have sex is more difficult to judge. So, you can get pregnant, but what can you do to make conception more probable? Read on to find out more.
How to Make Pregnancy More Likely
Irregular periods can be extremely troublesome, particularly when you are trying to get pregnant. Unless you have other underlying conditions, pregnancy is still possible. Begin by tracking your menstrual cycle on a chart to establish your fertility window. Most women have a fertility window of five to seven days but if you have irregular periods then your window might be significantly shorter. Read on to find out how you can determine when the window is approaching:
Have plenty of sex
Try to have sex every few days if you don't know when you are ovulating. This will highly increase the likelihood of your egg being fertilized, so that when ovulation does occur, there will be a constant supply of sperm in the reproductive tract.
Use a basal thermometer
Take your temperature every morning with a basal thermometer. This can detect slight changes in temperature and help you identify the window. You have to keep track of your temperature every day for two to three months prior to estimating your fertility period. Before ovulation your temperature will be fairly consistent, but just before ovulation there will be a decrease in your temperature. Have sex once you notice this increase because pregnancy is less likely three days after the temperature rise.
Use ovulation prediction tests
These ovulation tests require you to take a urine sample. The strip will yield either a positive or negative result. The test detects hormonal surges, and a positive result usually means that ovulation is imminent. It is important you have sexual intercourse on the same day you receive a positive result.
Try the methods that are listed above, and if you still can't get pregnant then visit your doctor who can advise alternative methods. Your doctor will also be able to determine whether your irregular periods, and inability to conceive are a result of an underlying health condition. Click on the following link to find out more about the different treatment options for irregular periods.
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