Are You Trying to Get Pregnant? Here’s Why You May be Experiencing Delays

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Most women would like to get pregnant after marriage, but few months into the marriage and this is yet to happen. This can make you get worried and anxious as you feel you should be pregnant now since you have been having contraceptive-free sex for a while now.
But did you know that with all fertile couples there is just a 25% chance of getting pregnant each month? Yes, no matter how much you ‘have it’ there’s just 25% chance of you taking in that month.
This is because there are just six days for a woman to conceive every month and these are called her fertile days.
A woman’s fertile days are
– Her ovulation day (1 day in a month)
– And the five days before the ovulation day.
So if you are not conceiving, even if you are having sex on your fertile days, any of these could be the reason
1. Anovulation
Anovulation occurs when you go through a menstrual cycle each month but don’t produce an egg; your ovaries do not produce eggs.
For pregnancy to take place, a mature, good quality egg has to be released from the ovaries into the fallopian tube and get fertilized by a sperm. When this egg doesn’t get released, pregnancy cannot occur.
2. Endometriosis
Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrum) occurs in other places beside the uterus.
These lining could occur in the ovaries, between the vagina, in the fallopian tube, cervix, and even the lungs, or thighs. This lining forms lesions and acts the same way the lining in the uterus does; which means it builds up, breaks down and sheds as well, which can result in painful sex and infertility.
3. Damaged or Blocked Fallopian Tubes
If one or both of your fallopian tubes are blocked, it can greatly reduce your chances of getting pregnant as the eggs released from the ovaries cannot get fertilized.
Fallopain tube can get blocked as a result of infections, endometriosis, and pelvic surgery.
3. Hormonal Imbalance
Your hormones regulate your ovulation, so if these hormones are out of synch, your ovulation becomes irregular too.
These hormones, which are responsible for the release of eggs from the ovaries, and the thickening of the uterine lining, will fail to carry out their duties and pregnancy cannot occur.
4. Cervical Issues
Cervical issues could exist in either or both of two ways:
– The cervical mucus may be unconducive for the sperm. This will affect the sperm movement and hinder them from moving through the uterus to the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg.
– The cervical mucus may contain sperm antibodies which see and recognize the sperms as harmful and attack them, destroying them.
5. Uterine Causes
There could be some problems with the uterus that could prevent you from getting pregnant. These could be the presence of fibroid or polyps. The problem could also be congenital (from birth) where you get born with a septate womb and find it difficult to retain pregnancies, leading to miscarriages.
6. Unexplained Infertility
In 30% of all cases where couples are trying to get pregnant, the problem neither lies with the woman nor the man. In such cases, they are said to be having an unexplained infertility.
Infertility is not just a problem affecting women. In 30% of all infertility cases, the problem stems from the man, in another 30% the problem is from the woman, while between 30-40% of cases are unexplained.
How You Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
In most cases of infertility, its best to consult a doctor to properly diagnose the situation and place you on the right treatment. However, certain foods, herbs, and lifestyle changes can boost your chances of conceiving.
Foods that Boost Your Chances of Conceiving
Eat foods that are rich in these nutrients and vitamins
1. Folic Acids (beans, leafy greens, and fortified cereals)
2. Iron (egg, fish, beans, pumpkin, meat, and broccoli)
3. Zinc (meat, egg, pumpkin seeds, and oysters)
4. B-Vitamins (meat, egg, leafy greens, and whole grains)
5. Calcium (milk, sardines, spinach, and fortified cereals)
6. L-carnitine (fish and chicken breasts)
7. Vitamin D (salmon fish, cod liver oil, sunlight)
8. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (walnuts, eggs, flax seeds, sardines, and salmon)
9. Beta-carotene (carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli, and spinach)
10. Bromelain (pineapple)
11. Vitamin C (oranges, grape, lemon, tomatoes, potatoes, and peas)
12. Choline (egg yolk)
13. Vitamin E (sweet potato, almond, leafy greens, and peanuts)
Natural Herbs that Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
These fertility herbs are effective in treating infertility causes and will improve your chances of conceiving.
1. Dong Quai (treats irregular period)
2. Black Cohosh (irregular period)
3. Dandelion (improves cervical mucus)
4. Marshmallow Root (cervical mucus)
5. Castor Oil (treats endometriosis)
6. Ashwagandha (endometriosis)
7. Flax Seeds (hormonal imbalance)
8. Red Clover or Maca Roots (hormonal imbalance)
9. Vitex (boosts libido)
10. Yohimbe Bark (boosts libido)
11. Black Haw (prevents miscarriage)
12. False Unicorn Roots (prevents miscarriage)
13. Wild Yam (prevents miscarriage)
14. Blue or Black Cohosh (removes ovarian cysts)
15. Milk Thistle (removes ovarian cysts)
16. Chamomile Flower (treats painful menstruation)
17. Black Haw (treats painful menstruation)
18. Ginger (treats painful menstruation)
19. Cinnamon Inner Bark (treats PCOS)
20. Maca Roots (treats PCOS)
21. Castor Oil and Ginger (improve egg quality)
22. Alfalfa (prepares your uterus for pregnancy)
23. American Ginseng Root (boosts sperm count)
24. Fo-ti (boosts sperm count)
25. Goji Berry (boosts sperm count)
26. Blue Vervain (treats fibroid)
27. Cramp Bark (treats fibroid)
28. Dong Quai (treats fibroid)
29. Ginger (treats fibroid)
30. Chamomile Flower (relieves stress)
Fertility Lifestyle Habits that Increase Your Chances of Conceiving
1. Keep your weight healthy. Exercise regularly but don’t overdo it.
2. Don’t drink or smoke
3. Include supplements in your diets.
4. Remove stress from your life.
5. Don’t engage in sex everyday as this reduces the quality of sperm. Give at least one day break inbetween.

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