There are some basic pre-conception concepts for women to know before undergoing infertility treatment. For women trying to conceive, these basics are crucial for you to be successful. Timing is important in multiple ways. Are you on top of your pre-conception basics?

This blog was originally posted June 2012.

fertility-basics-preconception-health9 Things To Know When Trying to Conceive

1. Trying to conceive? How often do you get your period? If you are not sure, start keeping track of it. Write down the first day that you have a full flow of blood before two o'clock in the afternoon. That will count as day one.

2. Know your family history. If you can, ask your mom and your aunts related by blood when they started menstruating and/or when they entered menopause. Ask them about their experiences conceiving a child.

3. If you are trying to conceive, think about pre-conception health. No recreational drugs or drinking. If you smoke cigarettes, get yourself on a plan to stop and then implement the plan.

4. Educate yourself about timed intercourse. Having sexual intercourse at the right time of the month is the make it or break it about becoming pregnant.

5. If you do not have a partner or if your partner is the same sex you are, then you will need a reproductive endocrinologist. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) are the two professional sites that can give you the most up to date information about fertility and conception.

6. Discontinue all forms of birth control. I always hesitate to add this when I'm discussing conception, yet, invariably, someone will say, "oh, yeah!" That means no condoms or birth control of any kind. 

7. Keep track of how long you are trying to conceive without any type of birth control, while having sexual intercourse at the correct time (approximately 14 days before you expect your first day of menstruation.)

8. If you have been trying to conceive for one year, under the age of 35, make an appointment with a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist in your area. Check SART for that. If you have been trying to conceive for six months and you are over the age of 35, I encourage you to make an appointment now.

9. Fertility rates drop considerably at the age of 35, that is a fact. Make sure that your chances of conceiving are as high as possible by being aware of your fertility cycle, your lifestyle choice and your age.

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Topics: Health, Infertility Basics, Conception, Fertility Treatment

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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