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do i have a good chance of becoming pregnant ?

By Anonymous October 7, 2009 - 2:40pm
 
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i am 26 years old , my husband and i are traying to have a second baby .... my first period was on august 26 2009 and the second one was on september 21 2009 so i no that my cycle is 26 .... i use clear blue ovulation test and i saw that i had my ovulation on october 5 2009 ..... my husband and i made love on september 26 , 27 , 28 , 29 , 30 but on ocotber 1 we did not make love , but we did make love on october 2 , 3 , 4 , and 5 (the day of my ovulation ) and on ocotber 6 also .. we are going to make love today on ocotober 7 , 8 only .. do i have a god chace to become pregent ???? should we make love on ocotber 9 also or is it ok ???? .....please help us please ...

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I am on the pill, i have been on for 6 months, i dont have my 7 day break, i havent for about 2-3 months. I had sex with my boyfriend 3 weeks ago, it was unprotected and he ejaculated inside me, however i am on the pill, but i dont have the 7day break and i have saw sore breasts. I havent bleed for a while due to no breaks. i want to know what are my chances of being pregnant?

November 5, 2009 - 8:20am
(reply to gdf)

GDF, I answered you as well on the other thread, but I'll post here too to be sure you see it.

What birth control pill are you on?

And is it meant to be taken without a break, or is that just something that you are doing?

November 5, 2009 - 8:23am

Hi, Anon, and welcome to EmpowHer! Thank you for your question.

It's a little hard to answer because it changes all the time!! The advances in medical science have made it possible for women to get pregnant even after menopause, by taking hormones and using IVF (in-vitro fertilization). So it's a technical possiblity for a woman to get pregnant even into her 60s. In fact, the world's oldest mother -- who was 66 when she gave birth -- just died, recently, at age 69 (leaving behind toddlers who are twins).

But while it's possible to accomplish those things, it's not ideal, by any means. I think most doctors would still say that the "best" age range for a mother to give birth would be in her 20s and 30s. Her eggs are healthier and fertility is less of a problem. Many women get pregnant in their 40s, however, and have healthy pregnancies and babies. Actress Geena Davis had twins at 48!

So it depends on whether you are trying to conceive naturally (in which case, younger is always easier) or whether you also can use a fertility doctor, who could help you with medicines, surgery, artificial insemination or IVF.

Abortions only affect the chances of you getting pregnant again if they left scar tissue behind. Otherwise, according to Planned Parenthood, they shouldn't have an effect on whether you can get pregnant again or carry a healthy baby to term.

In terms of diet, there is no magical food that helps you be more fertile! The best thing to do is to eat a well-rounded healthy diet full of lean protein (chicken or fish) and plenty of fruits and vegetables. You can take prenatal vitamins while you are trying to conceive, which will make sure you're getting what you need if you should become pregnant.

The most important things? Have a healthy body weight, and don't smoke.

Here is a link to an article in U.S. News and World Report about a book called "The Fertility Diet." It does tell about good foods to eat (and those to avoid) to regulate your ovulation and help you become pregnant. It is part of the Harvard Nurses Health Study:

http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/2007/11/30/the-fertility-diet-eat-right-to-get-pregnant.html

and here's a link to the book on Amazon.com. There are also reader reviews of it here:

http://www.amazon.com/Fertility-Diet-Groundbreaking-Research-Ovulation/dp/0071494790

Here are two EmpowHer videos by Dr. Donielle Wilson on how to know when you're ovulating and on the proper thermometers to use:

http://www.empowher.com/media/video/video-dr-wilson-how-can-woman-tell-if-she-ovulating
http://www.empowher.com/media/video/video-dr-wilson-digital-or-traditional-thermometer-better-indicator-if-woman-ovulating

Those videos are talking about something called Basal Body Temperature Charting. You do it over several months and it helps you learn your body's individual cycle. The longer you do it, the easier it is to predict.

A basal thermometer is different from a regular thermometer in that it is broken down to far smaller increments. It's easy to tell the difference between 2/10 of a degree and 3/10 of a degree, for instance.

There are ovulation kits in the stores that predict when a woman is close to ovulating and is actually ovulating by measuring hormonal levels. Perhaps using one of these during the first month while charting will make it easier for your friend to learn how to anticipate her own ovulation. The basal body thermometer is just one of the cheapest and most consistent ways of learning your individual body's tendencies.

If you have a 30-day cycle, for instance, you may find that you thought you were usually ovulating on day 13 or 14, but instead you typically ovulate on day 16. Just that amount of information can make a difference in conception.

You are correct in saying that once the temperature rises, you have ovulated. However, by charting your cycles you may learn that the day before your temperature rises, your temperature typically falls 3/10 of a degree on the thermometer. Looking for that indication in the following months would let you know ovulation is imminent.

Since your friend has successfully conceived before, it may just be a matter of being slightly older and taking slightly longer to get pregnant.

Here are some tips from about.com on how to correctly take a basal body temperature:

http://infertility.about.com/od/tryingtoconceive101/ht/howtotakeBBT.htm

And here's a page from the American Pregnancy Association that talks about signs of ovulation, including basal body temperature charting and monthly changes in the cervix and cervical fluid:

http://americanpregnancy.org/gettingpregnant/signsovulation.html

Whew! I know that's a lot of information, but I hope it helps!! Please write back and update us!

October 15, 2009 - 9:41am
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Anonymous

I WILL LIKE TO KNOW, AT WHAT AGE RANGE IS GOOD FOR A WOMAN TO GIVE BIRTH, AND WHAT IS THE LASTEST AGE FOR A WOMAN TO BE PRANGNANT.
IF A WOMAN HAS ABORTED MANY TIMES, AND LATER IF SHE WANTS TO GET PRENGNANT FOR HER FIRST TIME WILL IT BE DIFFICULT AND SERIES OF ABORTION?
WHAT CAN A WOMAN EAT IN OTHER TO MAXIMISE HER CHANCES OF BECOMING PRENGNANT?

2,HOW DOES A WOMAN KNOWS HER OVAVULATION PERIOD?

October 14, 2009 - 8:01am

Hi, Anon! Welcome to EmpowHer, and thank you for your question!

Congratulations on your decision to try for a second child!

Some things to know when you're trying to get pregnant:

-- Sperm can live in your body for at least 72 hours. So it's good to be having sex a few days before you ovulate; that way, when an egg is released, you have a better chance of having it be fertilized.

-- Eggs only survive for 24, maybe 36 hours after they are released. So if you know when you ovulate, it's really only possible to get pregnant during the day or two afterward. Therefore, if you ovulated on Oct. 5, you probably don't need to still be having sex on the 9th (though if you're having fun, go for it!)

-- Just because your period was 26 days long last month doesn't mean it will be that long every month. Keep a calendar of your expected ovulation dates and of the dates when you start your period, and after a few months (if it takes that long) you will have a better idea.

You might enjoy this page of tips on how to enhance your chances of conceiving:

http://pregnancyandbaby.sheknows.com/pregnancy/baby/Babymaking-101--10-ways-to-increase-your-chances-of-conception-5668.htm

It often takes perfectly healthy couples several months to conceive once they start trying. You might be lucky and conceive right away!! But if you don't, please don't make the mistake of thinking you did anything wrong. Just try again the next month.

Please come back and ask us any more questions you may have, and be sure to tell us when the happpy event happens!

October 8, 2009 - 9:19am
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