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When love grows into life – this is what many couples long for when they want to start a family. For some, this seems to happen quite easily: They get to know each other, fall in love, and nine months later they can hold their little treasure in their arms. Just skip birth control and you’re pregnant – at least that’s how you imagined it when you were still paying close attention to birth control.
If only it were that simple…
Some couples are lucky enough to be able to enjoy a pregnancy quickly. For others, however, the desire to have a child is a long and rocky road. Sometimes medical help is necessary. Here, modern reproductive medicine offers several methods to help your luck a little bit.
But what options do you have yourself to increase the chance of pregnancy? Does it help to change your diet? Are there any forbidden or beneficial foods? What physical reasons can lead to lower fertility?? And what can you do if it just doesn’t work out despite numerous attempts? From hormone treatments to IVF and ICSI – we explain the medical options available to couples with an unfulfilled desire to have a child.
The desire to have children – a question of timing
You and your partner want a child and you can’t wait to finally get pregnant? It can help if you study your body a little, notice the signals of your body and even write them down to get to know your cycle better. Normally, an egg matures in the ovaries once a month. After ovulation, the uterus is only capable of fertilization for about 24 hours. At best, the egg is fertilized immediately and nests in the uterus. However, sperm can survive in the uterus for two to five days. If you want to get pregnant, it is best to conceive on the day of ovulation. in the five days before, make love.
How do you know exactly when your fertile days are??
Many think that ovulation occurs around the 14th day of pregnancy. This method takes place on the first day – i.e. in the middle of the respective cycle. But both the time of ovulation and the length of the cycle can vary greatly from person to person. There are many ways to find out your fertile days:
Ovulation calculator: With our free ovulation calculator you can easily find out your fertile days.
Ovulation testsThese tests measure the level of LH in your urine. The concentration of this hormone increases constantly before you ovulate. It reaches its highest value about 6 to 24 hours before ovulation. Provided you use the test correctly, this type of hormone test is reliable. But be careful: If you want to calculate your ovulation for contraceptive purposes, you should rather resort to another method, because the tests are not reliable enough as a contraceptive method.
What is the symptothermal method when you want to have a baby and how does it work??
As the name suggests, the symptothermal method focuses on physical signs (symptoms) and body temperature. In principle, this method helps you to become more aware of your body. In this way, over time, you can reliably interpret your fertile phase in the cycle with the help of certain signs of the body. The prerequisite is that you have a little time and patience to get to know your body a little better. The best-known form of the symptothermal method is Natural Family Planning (NFP) according to Sensiplan.
In the symptothermal method, the following signals from the body are observed:
Basal body temperature: After your ovulation the body temperature increases by a few tenths of a degree. To identify your fertile days, you should take your temperature for several days before getting up. The important thing here is that you measure while you are still in bed. Because as soon as you stand up, the body temperature rises. You will also need a thermometer that measures to two decimal places. Such so-called basal thermometers or. You can buy ovulation thermometers in well-stocked drugstores or online. You can write down the measured body temperature by hand or use an app. It is even easier with a cycle computer, which stores and evaluates the measured values for you.
Cervical mucusThe mucus produced by your cervix changes throughout the cycle, showing you which phase of the cycle you are in. This will tell you when you are most fertile. The best way to examine it is to run your finger through the vaginal opening. Then check: How does the mucus feel? What color is it?? It is perfectly normal for there to be very little mucus immediately after menstruation. In the following days it is whitish and slightly creamy. On your fertile days it becomes clear and spinnable and is comparable to egg white. Also, more and more mucus is likely to be produced. After ovulation, the cervical mucus again becomes cloudy, lumpy and almost disappears towards your period.
CervixThe cervix also changes with the different phases of the menstrual cycle. After your period it is hard and closed. It sits quite deep in the vagina and you can reach it easily with your finger. The closer the ovulation comes, the softer it becomes and the higher it sits. It opens around ovulation. As soon as ovulation is over, it closes again and becomes hard. Do not worry! It is normal to need some practice at first to recognize and assess the changes in the cervix. A little tip: It can help to empty the bladder beforehand and to put one leg on the edge of the bathtub. In any case, wash your hands thoroughly beforehand so that no germs are carried in.
The longer you observe and interpret these body signs over a certain period of time, the more accurately you can determine the fertile days. By the way: unlike ovulation test, you can use symptothermal method both for childbearing and for contraception.