Are you ready to get pregnant? Do you want to know how to get pregnant fast? Follow these easy tips to help you get pregnant!

Step 1: Stop using birth control

Have you been taking those little pills since your teenage years? In order to get pregnant fast, you have to stop using the hormones a few months prior to trying for a baby. Dr. Christopher Williams, the endocrinologist from Charlottesville Virginia and author of the book "The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally", advises to stop using birth control pills nine months in advance.

After you've been using birth control for a while, it may take your body a few cycles to start ovulating regularly and be primed for pregnancy. - Dr. Christopher Williams

When you stop taking birth control you can also use the Femometer to help track your cycle! The Femometer will help you find out when you are ovulating, this is super important because timing is a key factor in getting pregnant. Remember: If you stop using contraception, you can get pregnant anytime!

Step 2: Find out when your fertile days are

It doesn't matter how often you and your partner are intimate, if you miss your fertility window, you won't get pregnant.

The biggest mistake my patients make is not knowing exactly when they ovulate. - Dr. Christopher Williams

Today, most doctors recommend the use of ovulation tests to find out when ovulation occurs. For greater accuracy, you can also measure your basal body temperature in tandem with the use of ovulation tests. Together, these two powerful tools will tell you when an egg is being released. Ovulation tests measure the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) in urine. LH concentration levels are the highest 36-48 hours before ovulation. (The Femometer App helps you chart your basal temperature and measure your LH concentration in urine.)

There are two different types of ovulation tests. Firstly, there are tests that can only be used the week before ovulation. These are suitable for women with regular cycles, as they already approximately know when they ovulate. Then there are tests that are used every day. These tests are a better choice for women with irregular cycles but can be a little more expensive.

A quick calculation to determine ovulation is subtracting 14 days from the last day of your period. This calculation is not very accurate, and results should be checked with the use of ovulation tests.

Step 3: have sex before ovulation

Sperm can survive in the uterus and fallopian tubes for 2-3 days, but your egg only lives 12-24 hours after it is released from the ovary. So, having sex before ovulation increases the chances that a sperm will reach your egg.

For a typical 28-day cycle (ovulation on day 14), you should :

  • Have sex a few times a week after your period is over. This increases the chances of conception during your fertile window.
  • Have sex every day after the 10th day of your cycle
  • As soon as your ovulation test shows a positive result (approx. 12th day of your cycle), you should have sex on this and the next two days. These are the two best days when getting pregnant is easy!

If you know when you ovulate (by measuring your basal temperature, ovulation tests and observing the cervical mucus) it may be enough to have sex on the two days before and during ovulation.

Step 4 and 5: the do's and don'ts of sex

What really helps and what old wives' tales are true. Dr. Williams helps us separate myths from facts.


  • “Because the vagina naturally slopes downward, resting on your back after sex allows sperm to pool there, which gives them an edge in swimming toward your egg," says Dr. Williams. Wondering if you should also keep your legs up? It won't hurt, but it won't help any more than lying on your back.
  • Have sex before bed. While it is said that the sperm count is highest in the morning, the truth is that there is no perfect time in the day to have sex. But getting intimate before going to bed ensures that you stay on your back.
  • There is no ideal position for making babies, however, it is advisable to end with the woman lying on her back.


  • Use lube. Some believe that using lubricant will help sperm, but it can actually prevent pregnancy. Many gels can change the pH of the vagina and limit the mobility of the sperm.
  • Worrying if you don't orgasm. Whether the female orgasms or not does not matter. It has not been scientifically proven that the sperm are boosted upwards during the female orgasm.
  • Worrying about your underwear. There is insufficient scientific evidence to suggest that underpants can inhibit conception compared to boxer shorts.

Step 6: prepare for the pregnancy test

The earlier you know that you are pregnant, the sooner you will be able to see your gynecologist. Even though there are early tests today that can be taken as soon as 10 days after ovulation, the best results are achieved if you wait for the day you expect your period to start.

Home pregnancy tests measure Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) levels in urine. The level of this hormone, which is produced by the placenta, increases continuously during early pregnancy. Tests that are meant for testing early are able to record lower HCG values. This is why you can use them 10 days after ovulation instead of the first day of your period.

However, testing too early can lead to a false negative result. This can happen because the body has not yet produced enough HCG. It is advised to wait a few days and test again.

Step 7: If the test is negative ...

Didn't get pregnant this month? No need to panic. For most couples, it doesn’t happen right away. More than half of couples get pregnant within 6 months, and 85 percent within a year. The most common cause of unsuccessful conception can be the result of not knowing when your fertile days are. If you don’t accurately analyze your fertility window, that means sperm enters your body too early or too late after the fallopian tube releases the egg. Consider taking ovulation tests daily and look forward to trying again next month.


Kristina Nguyen 18. December 18

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