“After the egg drops from the ovary, it travels through the fallopian tube, where there’s about a 24 hour window when it can be fertilized,” writes Dr Oz in YOU Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy. “Since sperm live for up to a week in the cervix, it’s not necessary for two people to have sex precisely when ovulation occurs, as many assume. In fact, conception is more likely to occur if intercourse occurs a couple days before the egg is released from the ovary.”
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To learn more about pregnancy and fertility from Dr Oz, read YOU Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy.
And here are a few tips on getting pregnant from America’s top doctor and his colleagues…
Dr Oz on Getting Pregnant – Fertility Tips From Mehmet Oz
Exercise and Fertility Tips From Dr Oz
“If you exercise like it’s your job, you might be hindering your fertility,” says Dr Oz. “Vigorous exercise prevents ovulation. You will know by the irregularity of your menstrual cycles. No ovulation means nobody’s going to be putting any cribs together anytime soon.”
Dr Oz recommends talking to your doctor to see how you can modify your exercise plan to restore your normal pattern. While it’s obviously important to stay healthy and exercise, in general we don’t think you should run more than 10 miles per week (or the equivalent). Because every woman’s baseline fitness level is different and every pregnancy is different, it’s impossible to know for sure how much is too much for your body and baby. Like most fertility tips, this requires a visit to an obgyn or fertility doctor.
How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant?
“You have about a 35 percent chance of getting pregnant within the first month of actively trying,” says Dr Michael Roizen. who co-authored YOU Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy with Dr Oz. “If everything is working correctly, you have a 90 percent chance of conceiving within the first year of trying (and about 80 percent after six months). So my advice is that if you’ve been casually trying to get pregnant for six months and have been unsuccessful, get real serious about it over the next six months. After that, it’s not a bad idea to see a fertility specialist to help you identify potential causes of infertility.”
Causes of Female Infertility
Women can have problems with infertility due to several issues. Here are some of the most common causes of female infertility, according to Dr Oz:
- An infection that irritates the uterus so the eggs cannot attach.
- Some type of chemical reaction that doesn’t allow egg cells to mature well enough to be released.
- A structural issue or blockage in the Fallopian tube that prevents the fertilized egg from traveling to its destination.
- Fibroids, or benign, spongy tissue that frequently distort normal uterine or Fallopian tube anatomy. They can grow to the size of grapefruit and change the anatomy to make the uterus less receptive to eggs. This makes getting pregnant much more difficult.
Getting Pregnant and Ovulation
This last fertility tip isn’t from Dr Oz himself — it’s from his website:
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“Women’s fertility often fluctuates throughout their menstrual cycles. Women are most fertile, or most likely to become pregnant, right around the time that they ovulate. Ovulation happens when an egg is released, which usually occurs two weeks after a woman gets her period. Couples who want to become pregnant should try to have sex frequently during a woman’s ovulation, since her fertility is greatest during that time.” ~ Honor Society of Nursing.