When you can’t predict your periods, getting pregnant is trickier! These tips on getting pregnant when you never know when your period is due are inspired by a reader who says…
“I’m married. My periods are not regular, and my husband’s sperm cells are weak. What can I do to get pregnant? Please give me tips for pregnancy.”
Women with regular periods have more control over getting pregnant because they know when the egg is coming down the chute! This is especially important if a man’s sperm is weak, because some fertility doctors believe that too much intercourse can thin out the sperm.
So, my first tip for getting pregnant is to get an ovulation predictor kit. The Clearblue Easy Digital Ovulation Test is the most popular one on the market today. It can help you figure out when you’re ovulating (when the egg is ready for the sperm). You can time intercourse, which will increase your chances of pregnancy.
And here are a few more tips…
How to Get Pregnant When You Can’t Predict Your Periods
My first tip for pregnancy when your period is unpredictable seems to be the most overlooked, most avoided one…
Talk to a fertility doctor or gynecologist
You need to figure out why your periods are unpredictable. Maybe you have fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or an STD that is wreaking havoc with your hormones. The only way to learn this is to go to your gynecologist and get an in-person test.
You won’t find answers to your personal health questions on the internet; you need to be tested in person to get sound medical advice. The internet is good for general tips, like this article, but not good for personal medical advice.
If you’re nervous about getting gynecological tests, read How to Relax During a Pap Smear.
Try to make your periods predictable
Naturopaths and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that foods and supplements can balance your hormones and make your periods predictable. Don’t look for personal medical advice on the internet; go to a naturopath in person and talk about why your periods aren’t regular and what you can do about them.
Other things that make your period unpredictable are stress, weight gain, weight loss, medications, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Also – make sure you’re getting enough exercise! Exercise helps to stabilize your hormones, which will help make your period more predictable.
Figure out the midpoint of your cycle
Here’s a tip for getting pregnant from the Mayo Clinic:
“Use your day planner or another simple calendar to mark the day your period begins each month. Also track the number of days each period lasts. Ovulation is most likely to occur at the midpoint of your cycle. If you have a consistent 28-day cycle, for example, ovulation is likely to begin about 14 days after the day your last period began. If you have a longer cycle, such as 34 days, ovulation is likely to begin about 20 days after your last period began.” ~ from How to Get Pregnant.
They also recommend having intercourse once a day near the time of ovulation. This can be effective even when you can’t predict your periods, because it’ll ensure a steady stream of sperm is heading towards your eggs.
An ovulation test can help you predict the midpoint of your cycle. Read Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test vs. the Calendar Method.
Encourage your husband to see a urologist or fertility doctor
Did you know that women who want to get pregnant aren’t the only factor in the equation? That’s a confusing way to say that male infertility is responsible for about 33% of problems getting pregnant. It’s not all up to you as a woman to predict your periods and get pregnant — it’s up to the man, too!
Your husband should get a physical checkup, just like you should. He needs to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise, eat the right foods, stay at a healthy weight, and focus on getting pregnant – just like you should! It’s not all about female fertility. Men are equal partners in getting pregnant – even when you can’t predict your periods.
Take fertility supplements?
Acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, hypnotists, and other natural health practitioners say yes, fertility supplements can help women who want to get pregnant.
But conventional health practitioners (fertility doctors with MDs, fertility research scientists, etc) say fertility supplements aren’t necessarily helpful. In fact, many fertility specialists advise against taking supplements when trying fertility treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) because the medications and supplements can interact harmfully.
So, before you take fertility supplements, check with your fertility or family doctor.
For more tips, read How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy – 5 Fertility Tips.