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Preconception Planning

While planning to conceive, you may choose natural planning methods, such as the ovulation method (intercourse takes place just before or after ovulation) or the symptothermal method (evaluating fertility based on your daily temperature).
Remember: Women are more likely to become pregnant if intercourse takes place just before or just after ovulation. This is because the unfertilized egg can live for only 12 to 24 hours in your body.
If you have been trying for a few months with no results, don't get discouraged. Only 20 percent of women who are trying to get pregnant are successful on the first attempt, so don't lose hope or assume something is wrong.
(See Fertility Charting to read more on this topic.)


Women today are often delaying having children until later in life, when they are in their 30s and 40s. While many women in their 30s and 40s have no problems getting pregnant, fertility does decline with age. If you are over 40 and have not become pregnant after six months of trying, you should see your doctor for a fertility evaluation.
It is common to have trouble becoming pregnant or to experience infertility (technically, the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year). Overall, there are about 2.1 million married couples in America experiencing infertility, and some 9 million women have used fertility treatments. If you think that you or your partner may have an infertility issue, you can discuss this with a healthcare provider who can recommend treatments such as drugs, surgery, or assisted reproductive technology.
(Click Infertility to read more information on this topic.)
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