Meaning of trying to conceive

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Meaning of trying to conceive



The meaning of the term conceive usually refers to the process of fertilization, which is the first step of the biological process that leads to pregnancy, it happens when a sperm fertilizes an egg and the egg descends into the uterus and attaches itself to the uterus lining, which is known as implantation. Ultimately pregnancy can lead to a series of many complicated steps, and everything must fall in place to be able to get pregnant 

People who are trying to have a baby should be aware of the basic facts which involve the process and not only focus on sexual intercourse, the timeframe as to when you have sex, and knowing the dates of ovulation is important.

How long does it take to conceive?

When an egg gets fertilized by the sperm it can take place as soon as three minutes after you have sex or it may take up to five days that is on an average between two and ten minutes to travel from the cervix through to the fallopian tube where the sperm meets the egg, is action occurs regardless of gravity. When there is an egg waiting, conception can happen as soon as three minutes after the sexual intercourse.

The sperm can survive inside the female reproductive system for up to five days, meaning that the day that you had sex won’t necessarily be the day that you get pregnant if you had sex on Monday and ovulate on Thursday, conception could still occur after you had sexual intercourse

How does conception result in pregnancy?

 After the sperm fertilizes the egg, cells in the embryo start to divide rapidly, after about seven days, the embryo is a mess of multiplied cells known as a blastocyst, which is then ideally implanted in the uterus. The egg travels through the fallopian tube before implantation, though the level of the hormone progesterone begins rising, which caused the uterine lining to thicken, ideally, once the fertilized egg arrives in the uterus as a blastocyst, embryo, the lining will be thick enough so it can implant. 

As far as the ovulation is concerned, the process takes about one to two weeks, if you have a 28-day cycle, this indeed takes you to day 28, usually the day when you start your period

What counts as conception in IUI

IUI Is an assisted reproductive technology that involves using sperm to fertilize an egg via a home insemination kit, this creates an embryo, then the doctor places the embryo into the uterus where it will ideally implant, and pregnancy will occur, in natural pregnancy, doctors often use the estimated date of conception to estimate a baby’s due date which wouldn’t be accurate for a person going through IVF, because conception technically occurs in a lab. In this case, doctors use different methods to estimate the due date using the date the eggs were fertilized or when the embryos were transferred.


It Is the release of an egg from your ovary, into your fallopian tube, which typically happens about 13-15 days before the start of your every period that is your period, and the timing of ovulation can vary from cycle to cycle and you may also have a cycle where you don’t ovulate at all. The development and release of an egg each cycle occur in response to intricate ups and downs of your reproductive hormones, which are affected by energy, nutrition, emotions, etc.

 How to know when you’re ovulating 

There are several ways to know if you’re ovulating or not some of them are:

Ovulation happens around day 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle, counting from the first day of your period, but the normal cycle may be as short as 21 days, and in adults as long as 35 days. You want to track your cycle over a couple of months to learn its length and you’re likely to ovulate in the middle date of your cycle 

  • Body temperature 

When ovulation takes place it is seen that the body temperature rises slightly for a few days from 0.5F to 1.3F ( 0.3*c to 0.7*c). You may be able to detect the change by taking your temperature every morning 

  • Vaginal discharge 

There’s likely more of it during the time of ovulation and it is also clearer and slippery.

  • Using a home tracker 

Over-the-counter (OTC) options include ovulation predictor kits and fertility monitors, they track two hormones estrogen and LH, to help identify the fertile window.

Fertility monitors can be pricier than other options that track LH only, and some monitors claim to detect 4 or more fertile days each month with 99 % accuracy

What to do to maximize fertility 

If you’re trying to conceive don’t just leave it to luck, just get your knowledge and facts right about what to do and how to do it 

  • Have sex regularly 

The highest pregnancy rates occur in a couple who have sex every day or every other day, they have a higher chance of getting pregnant

  • Have sex near the time of ovulation 

If having sex every day isn’t possible, just have sex 2 to 3 days a week starting soon after the end of your period, this can help you to ensure that you have sex when you are most fertile 

  • Maintain normal weight 

Overweight and underweight women are at increased risk of ovulation disorders, consider taking care of your health for a healthy process.

What to avoid while trying to conceive 

  • Don’t smoke 

It has multiple negative effects on fertility not to mention your general health and the health of a fetus, If you smoke you are putting yourself in a situation that can cause harm to you and the process of conceiving 

  • Don’t drink alcohol 

Heavy drinking may lead to decreased fertility, it is best to avoid it when you’re trying to conceive 

  • Curb caffeine 

Researches suggest that fertility isn’t affected by caffeine consumption of fewer than 200 milligrams a day, that’s about 1 to 2 cups of 6 to 8 ounces of coffee a day 

  • Don’t overdo strenuous exercise 

Strenuous or intense exercise of more than five hours a week has been associated with decreased ovulation 

  • Put Off Starting a Family Too Long

If you’re in your late 30s, you are a little less than half as fertile as you were in your early 20s. A decline in the quantity and quality of eggs and sperm with age makes it harder to conceive

You should know the harms and consequences when you make the choices for worse or for better when you are trying to conceive, like don’t take stress meditating, or doing excessive exercise, things like these can make a major change in the process of ovulation.


While conception technically refers to a single sperm fertilizing an egg, there’s much more to getting pregnant than conceiving. If you have questions about the steps of conception or your ability to get pregnant, talk to your doctor.

If you don’t get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex (or six months if you’re over the age of 35), ask about potential causes and treatments that can enhance your chances of conception and pregnancy.


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