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Trying for a baby? Here are five tips for a smoother conception

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Around the world, many couples face roadblocks while trying to have a baby. This can leave them emotionally drained, stressed and anxious, causing more delay to their journey into parenthood. Dr Madhuprita Agrawal, an infertility specialist at Ashoka Super Speciality Hospital, says infertility is not a gender-specific problem.

She suggests five tips that can help in conceiving faster. Read on.

Biologically, men and women drop their potential to plan a pregnancy as their ages increase. If pregnancy is avoided at the right age, complications such as diminished ovarian reserve, early miscarriage or abnormalities related to chromosomes in foetus may increase. Simultaneously, the quality of sperm may also go down with age. Normally, age-related infertility starts after 32. The monthly fertility rate — which is about 25 per cent in the range of 20-30 years — goes below 10 per cent over the age of 35.

The chance of pregnancy starts to increase eightdays before ovulation, peaks 2 days before ovulation, and reaches almost zero at 2-3 days after ovulation. Subsequently, it is important for a woman to be able to predict the next ovulation date. Nowadays, there are various mobile applications that track the ovulation days and the menstrual cycle, which facilitates successful conception. If your menstrual cycle is regular — every 28-30 days — you can start trying from day 8-9 of cycle till day 18 of cycle. Intercourse at every alternate day is enough to get a good pregnancy rate. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, meet your fertility doctor at the earliest.

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