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    How to conceive - Step by Step Guide to conceive successfully

    • 4.8   (11 Votes)
    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 13 Jul 2018 - Written by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Sailaja Vuppu - MBBS

    If you are planning to conceive, make sure you follow the tips prescribed by your doctor. Your query of how to conceive successfully will be solved if you learn about 12 cycles. The step by step guide to conceive successfully will help you conceive a baby faster than you had expected.

    Getting pregnant can actually be a bit more involved than your ninth-grade health teacher suggested. Yes, there is the sex (lots and lots of sex). But there are a number of other things you can do to set yourself up for success.

    We’ve consolidated tips and tricks from the fantastic ela community to bring you the ultimate step-by-step guide to trying to conceive. Here is how to get pregnant FAST! 

    Cycle 1-Ramping Up

    Day 1

    • Download the ela app (free on iOS and Android phones)
    • Start tracking your period. Log your symptoms. The first day of cycle is cycle day 1, or CD1.
    • Start taking over-the-counter prenatal vitamins.
    • Schedule an OB-GYN appointment for a preconception check-up. Bring up any current medications with your doctor to see if they are safe to take while trying to get pregnant. Your doctor may give you a prenatal vitamin prescription at this appointment, too!
    • Cut down to less than 2 coffees and/or caffeinated sodas a day. 
    • No smoking. No drinking. No drugs. (That goes for your partner, too).

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    • Exercise in moderation (so keep doing whatever you’ve already been doing--no need to ramp up).

    Days 2-7

    Monitor the length and heaviness of your period. If it lasts too long (7+ days) or is too short (2 days or less), it’s worth mentioning to your doctor. If your period is too heavy or very light, if it ‘can’t-get-out-of-bed’ hurts, or if you have unexplained diarrhea throughout, mention that to your doctor, too.

    Days 8  Whenever your period comes next

    • Buy pre-seed or another fertility-friendly lubricant. Stop using KY-jelly or other non-fertility friendly lubricants.
    • Enjoy sex (baby dancing) with your partner every other day, or even every day if you feel like it! Your position does not matter. You do not have to lie there afterward, but you can if you want.
    • Concentrate on healthy living. Eat well. Go for walks. Do things you enjoy. If you just got off of birth control, your cycle may be anywhere from 22 to 60+ days long. It would be A-MAZING if you got pregnant this first cycle, but it is best to keep your expectations low.
    • Buy pregnancy tests in bulk. Try online retailers.


    In your second month, it’s time to learn about cervical mucus (CM). It sounds gross, but it’s really not, and cervical mucus is an important part of understanding your own fertility. 

    Your body secretes different amounts of fluids depending on where you are in your cycle. If you can identify the type of fluid that is most conducive to conceiving, then you can better pinpoint the best time to have sex.

    There have been entire guides written about checking CM, but the important steps to remember are:

    • Before having sex, stick a clean finger into your vagina. Pull it out and examine the residue left on your finger under a light.

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    • If the residue feels slippery, watery, and stretchy and looks clear, then it’s go time! If it is clumpy, white or gooey, then you’re welcome to have sex, but you are most likely not at optimal fertility.


    Charting your Basal Body Temperature (BBT) helps you understand the mechanics of your fertile cycle. After ovulation, your BBT will spike. This jump in temperature will help you confirm the timing of your body’s rhythms.

    Charting your BBT is super simple:

    • Purchase a BBT thermometer from your drug store. Make sure it has 2 digits after the decimal place.
    • Take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed.
    • Record it in the ela app


    Ovulation prediction kits (OPKs) can be expensive, but they are also extremely helpful in pinpointing ovulation. 

    Start using OPKs as soon as your period ends and use them daily until you get a positive. Check to see whether your positive OPK matches your BBT spike and your fertile CM. If these three align, then it’s a very good sign! If they don’t, start to keep track of what’s off over your next couple of cycles. Is your CM not matching your OPK positive? Do you not get a BBT spike when the OPK says you should? Keep track of this information will help you better understand your body, and it will be also be helpful if you choose to see a fertility specialist sometime down the line.

    CYCLE 5 to 11 - ALL SYSTEMS GO

    By the start of your fifth cycle, you should be monitoring your BBT, your CM and peeing on all sorts of sticks (OPKs, pregnancy tests, etc!). You should continue to do all of this through Cycle 11. 

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    We have to admit, from Cycle 5 onwards, the name of the game is “stress management.” It is normal at this point to feel a bit overwhelmed and panicky and start wondering if something is wrong. Chances are everything is perfectly fine. According to the ASRM, 80% of couples get pregnant within one year of trying and 90% after 2 years of trying. 


    On day 1 of your twelfth cycle, (or your sixth cycle if you are over the age of 35) call a fertility specialist make an appointment during the first few days of your next cycle. Ela app can help you find good fertility specialists in your area.

    Once the appointment is scheduled, go ahead and enjoy a cycle of carefree fun with your partner. No BBT, no CM tracking, no OPKS - just some good old fashioned sex, all the while knowing that you will get more of the help you need from this point on. 

    So, that’s it! We wish you a healthy and happy one year of baby making! With any luck you will be downloading our ela fertility app in no time!

    Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal

    Written by

    Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician
    Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal is an obstetrician, gynecologist and infertility specialist who is providing her valuable expertise in the field of gynecology and infertility issues. She ensures that the patients receive the required fertility treatments well on time. Dr. Kavita specializes in the treatments like High Risk Pregnancy Care, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Reproductive Medicine. Currently, she is practicing at Amit Jaggi Memorial Hospital, Vibhav Nagar, Agra.


    • Top 10 ways to increase chances of getting pregnant  how to get pregnant, Elawoman - 2017
    • Appearance of cervical mucus - know about different types of cervical mucus  cervical mucus, Elawoman - 2017
    • 6 do's and don'ts while measuring with bbt chart - precautions while using bbt chart  BBT, Elawoman - 2017
    • Most effective ways to track ovulation with irregular period cycle  ovulation, Elawoman - 2017



    Garima Gupta

    I tried using Ela app for tracking my ovulation and it works great. I got a lot of options for doctor and clinic. It guided me well during my pregnancy.

    Oct. 13, 2018, 10:43 p.m. 4.5


    Sandhya Rao

    Very informative article for the women wanting to conceive. One of the brilliant pieces I've seen in the week.

    Oct. 12, 2018, 11:50 a.m. 5.0


    Manyata Patel

    Very informative, thank you for sharing. Couldn’t have made up my mind without you! The planning seems to be easy and I am really excited to follow these steps to conceive.

    Sept. 18, 2018, 12:06 a.m. 5.0


    Harshita Parekh

    I have a smelly vaginal discharge nowadays, does that mean I am Pregnant?

    July 30, 2018, 2:45 p.m. 4.5


    Ujjala Pratap

    My IUD was removed 6 months ago and since then I am trying to conceive. Should I have infertility test now?

    July 30, 2018, 1:56 p.m. 4.5



    I just removed my IUD after 2 years. Is it possible for me to conceive now?

    July 3, 2017, 9:08 a.m. 5.0


    Shalisha Edwards

    The white fluid might be left over semen from the intercourse or the normal after sex discharge. The symptoms of pregnancy and due periods are very similar - cramping, nausea, abdominal pain etc. So it is difficult to know whether you are pregnant before your missed period. You can take the home ...

    Feb. 17, 2017, 6:26 p.m. 5.0



    Are there any symptoms of pregnancy before next periods?

    Feb. 16, 2017, 2:50 p.m. 4.5



    That's the ideal way of getting me organised. Never thought I'll have to do all this to get pregnant!

    Feb. 16, 2017, 2:31 p.m. 5.0



    I feel more smell while urinating. Is this symptom of any disease?

    Feb. 13, 2017, 4:42 a.m. 5.0



    Hi, I am having a small doubt. I am planning for a baby. After I had sex, I lied down for 30 mins but after sometime I feel white fluid is leaking lightly. I can see some white discharge in my panties also. Will it affect in getting pregnant?

    Feb. 13, 2017, 4:41 a.m. 5.0

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