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When you are trying to conceive it can be hard to weed through all of the advice you may receive to find the truth.  Between reading books, researching online, and getting tips from friends and family you will find you have a mountain of tips, tricks and techniques running through your head.  Trying to conceive a child can be an exciting (and fun 😉 ) time for you and your spouse.  Everyone would love for it to happen that first magical time you try, but it doesn’t always work that way in the real world.  Often times you have to try and try again before becoming pregnant.

There are a few misconceptions out there about trying to conceive.  Here’s a quick look at a few of the myths out there and the truths behind them.

Myth #1: It is easy to get pregnant.

Truth: For many couples it is not easy to get pregnant.  There is only a 25% chance of becoming pregnant during any given menstrual cycle.  Don’t get upset if it doesn’t happen the first try, it may take a little while.

Myth #2: Having too much sex could hurt your chances of conceiving.

Truth: Unless your husband has been diagnosed with a low sperm count it doesn’t matter how often you have sex, it won’t impact your chances of conceiving.

Myth #3: The best time to try to conceive is the day you ovulate.

Truth: You are actually more fertile during the five days preceding ovulation.  Use an ovulation kit to predict the day, then aim to have sex at least every other day for the five days leading up to your ovulation day.

Myth #4: Using lubrication makes it harder to get pregnant.

Truth: Some studies suggest that lubricants can slow a man’s sperm down, however, most couples shouldn’t worry about it.  If you are having fertility issues your doctor may recommend either not using lubricant or using Pre-Seed, a brand that doesn’t affect sperm.

Myth #5: You can get pregnant as soon as you stop using birth control.

Truth: While this is true for contraceptives such as condoms it is not necessarily true for hormone based contraceptives such as the pill or patch.  While there is a chance of becoming pregnant as soon as you stop using your birth control it does take a few months for your cycle to return to normal and you may not ovulate during this time.

And those are just a few of the myths floating around out there.  Remember that most couples, about 80%, conceive within the first year of trying.  So, although it may not happen in the first couple of tries it will happen eventually.  If you do not become pregnant after one full year of trying to conceive you should talk to your doctor about possible fertility issues.

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