Man’s Guide on Conception
To conceive successfully there are many things that are crucial to know even for men. These are some basic information that prove helpful when planning to conceive.
The very basic need for a healthy conception is the healthy sperm of a man and a healthy egg from a woman. Though this may not just be it, there is a series of complex occurrences further on besides simply getting involved in a sexual intercourse.
Many men hear their partner discussing ovulation and checking of mucus and basal body temperature. Also the checking and calculation of menstrual cycles may seem as totally over the head to many men. If this is the case with you the details given below might help in understanding.
Ovulation refers to the production and discharge of an egg from the ovaries of a woman. The time in which this egg or ovum is released is considered to be the most fertile time for conceiving for a woman. This Ovarian period occurs every month during the menstrual period. The cycle of the menstrual period usually spans through 28 days normally though it can vary in different individuals. Ovulation occurs normally in the middle of this menstrual cycle. Another way of calculating ovulation is 14 days before the starting day of the menstrual period.
It is difficult for many women to determine the exact time of ovulation. Though there are many signs of occurrence of ovulation but they are not always as easy to access as they sound to be.
Two very common ways of determining ovulation include observation of the changes that occur in cervical mucus. The cervical mucus increases in the body as the menstrual cycle progresses. Women experience more mucus which is also slippery during the period of ovulation. This slippery mucus is also defined as the consistency of the egg white in raw form. The second way is through monitoring the Basal Body Temperature.
Some women check their temperature first thing every morning which may feel weird to some men. This is how your partner may be trying to monitor her body temperature as this will indicate the period of ovulation. The temperature of the body drops slightly just before ovulation and after ovulation it increases and remains to be high for the rest of the cycle period. Once a woman is familiar with this pattern of body temperature determining ovulation and the fertility period becomes easy.
The male part in all this is the ejaculation of sperms in the woman’s vagina. Averagely every time a man releases or ejaculates about two third teaspoon of fluid is discharged which contains almost 210 to 525 million sperms. Out of this about a quarter of sperms may be abnormal or faulty and may perish in the body. The other three quarter will enjoy the freedom of moving in to the woman’s fallopian tube. These sperms also face deterrence from the acidic vaginal fluid present inside and out of the total only a few hundred may succeed in reaching the female egg.
In the female body prior to conception an egg is released through one of the ovaries which travels to the fallopian tube. When this egg and one of the male sperm connects the female egg seals itself off avoiding any other sperm to enter it. As soon as the egg and sperm unites the genes and chromosomes of both the partners combine to produce a cell. This cell further divides itself into a set or collection of cells which is also known as blastocyst.
This blastocyst further keeps on dividing continuously growing on its way to the fallopian tube until finally it reaches the womb or uterus in about 3 to 7 days. After reaching the uterus the blastocyst will embed itself in the linings of the uterus after creating a fluid pocket in itself in the middle which will divide the cell creating a mass inner cell further on shaping up as the Embryo. The outer trophoblast will shape the placenta.
After a week of conception the outer cell of the blastocyst helps it in implanting itself to the walls of the uterus for nourishment. As soon as the conception had occurred the hormonal changes in the body had already thickened the walls of the uterus. The uterus walls also have an increased blood flow in them after conception to facilitate the implantation of the blastocyst. This process of implanting takes almost a week to complete.
Woman’s most fertile period is from about 4 to 5 days before the ovulation period. This is due to the fact that a male sperm can survive up to 72 hours in the female body whereas the female ova can live up to only 24 hours.
For couples who are trying to conceive the best time is a day before or on the day of ovulation. If the female partner has problems in determining the ovulation period it is suggested to have intercourse every other day starting from day 10 to day 18 of her ovarian cycle.
Since you have only 25% chances of conceiving every period cycle it is suggested by doctors that you should not be concerned for at least 12 months period. They usually do not thorough check you until you are involved in continuous sex and have been trying for at least twelve months.
Couples may even get depressed as to how other people easily conceive though this may not be the case. They too might have been trying for some time now. The best time to try is the peak fertility point of your partner however if you have other concerns you should discuss it with your partner and your Health practitioner.
Sometimes even talking o other son how long they tried to conceive may help. As the couple gat older conceiving may get harder and may take more time.
Your partner may also seem worried about conceiving and she may be anxious about her fertile period and how long the conceiving part may take.
Also on woman’s part getting pregnant means she is committing to a major change in her life. A woman should be ready to give up alcohol and caffeine containing products prior to getting pregnant. She should also voluntarily eat healthy food and exercise daily and adjust her life routines before actually falling pregnant.
It should also be known that the pregnancy is not confirmed at least after two weeks of conception or until she realizes her periods are late. This means for this period of two weeks your partner may assume that she might be pregnant. In these conditions a woman may feel anxious or worried.
Many couples postpone having a baby for later due to travel, career or any other reason. This may indicate that the individuals are accustomed to lead life through their plans and having a baby does not fit this plan. This can also be quite frustrating for couples at times.