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trying to conceive?

By January 5, 2015 - 4:41pm
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We have been married for three years now.we have been trying to have baby please can help us on what to do.

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Hi maylady

Thanks for your question and welcome to EmpowHER! 

You said you have been married for three years but how long have you been trying to conceive and how old are you? 

Ovulation is key to conception. It began for you when you reached puberty. Once a month, several eggs (ova) develop.

Over a period of two to three weeks, one egg will reach maturity. The rest of those developing eggs undergo atresia or degeneration, and they simply disappear.

The mature egg (ovum) is released from the ovary. It can only be fertilized in the next 24 hours.

The fallopian tube is situated between the uterus and the ovary. The fallopian tube has projections that are rather like fingers on its end near the ovary. These finger-like projections are called fimbria.

After the egg has matured, the fimbria will pick up this particular egg and it will then go into the fallopian tube heading toward the uterus.

When the follicle securing the egg lets it go, this is when ovulation occurs. Generally this will happen 14 or 15 days following the first day of your menstrual cycle.

Upon ovulation the egg will go into the fallopian tube where it will await possible fertilization.

It's at the time of ovulation that you will be your most fertile. If you have sexual intercourse, this is the time you have the greatest chance of conception taking place.

So you need to be having sex, really, from day 10 of your cycle to day 18 so you don't miss ovulation. The reason for this is that sperm can live in the body for up to 5 days so even if you don't ovulate on day 10, sex then can still get you pregnant on day 13 or 14. 

If you have been trying longer than 12 months and you are under the age of 35 then see your doctor. If you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months or more, see your doctor. There may be fertility issues. 

Best of luck,


January 6, 2015 - 5:26am
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