How to Increase Your Conception Odds

by | Oct 9, 2021 | Obstetrical Care

Once you decide you’re ready for pregnancy and to start a family, it can surprise you that it may not be that easy to conceive. Sometimes, it might feel like all you end up doing is waiting and looking at negative pregnancy tests.

For women who are looking to increase their chances of conception, here are some tips that might increase your conception odds.

1. Know Your Menstrual Cycle

Your menstrual cycle isn’t just about when your period comes around. It also lets you know when you’re ovulating and when your fertility is at its highest. Understanding and knowing your menstrual cycle can make conceiving much easier.

If you don’t think you can keep track of your menstrual cycle in your head or on a calendar, find an app to track it for you. There are many free apps available that will keep track of the average of your past menstrual cycles and let you know when you’re most fertile and when to expect your period.

2. Destress

No one wants to be stressed, but if you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s even more important to limit the stress in your life. Stress can influence your menstrual cycle and interfere with ovulation. It’s just as important for your partner to remain stress free as stress can reduce sperm production.

Consider meditation or maybe even pick up some light exercise to help you destress. Whatever you decide, it’s important to keep yourself stress-free or at least keep your stress levels low.

3. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

In order to ensure your body is healthy enough to support a baby and encourage conception, it’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle. Keep a healthy body weight and eat enough nutrients so your body isn’t struggling. Both ovulation and maintaining a regular menstrual cycle can be affected by unhealthy body weight.

Exercising, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep each night can seem difficult, but it will improve your chances of conception while also keeping you healthier. You don’t need to exercise long and hard each day, but make sure to get some time in.

4. Quit Smoking and Drinking

Smoking can also harm your chances of conception. In fact, several studies have shown that it takes women who smoke much longer to get pregnant. Smoking can also increase the risk of infertility and miscarriage.

When it comes to alcohol, you should definitely take a long pause: both you and your partner alike. Smoking and alcohol can affect sperm production and mothers-to-be should abstain from alcohol to prevent birth defects.

5. Increase Vitamin Intake

There are plenty of prenatal vitamins available on the market, but it’s actually important to start taking vitamins before you’ve even gotten pregnant. Maintaining good iron levels can ensure your ovulation is on track and your eggs are healthy.

Other vitamins to take include B12 to help regulate ovulation, vitamin D to even out hormones, and vitamin C to even out hormones and produce selenium to protect your eggs. It’s also highly recommended to take one milligram of folic acid while trying to conceive to prevent possible birth defects related to a lack of folic acid.


Following these few tips while trying to conceive can increase your odds of conception. In general, most women will become pregnant within a year once they start trying, but if you are still worried or have doubts, don’t hesitate to consult your gynecologist for more personalized recommendations and assistance.

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