Sperm Meets Egg Plan
Sometimes getting pregnant naturally isn't as easy as you might have expected. If you've been trying to conceive for several months or more, it may be time to start analyzing your cycle more closely and making sure you babydance (have intercourse) on the most fertile days of your month. There are many ways to do this. Most of them involve purchasing an ovulation predictor kit (OPK), which works like a pregnancy test, except that it's checking for the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) that precedes ovulation. You may be doing this already and still not having much luck getting pregnant. There are lots of possibilities for the inability to conceive quickly and most will take a doctor to rule out different issues, but if you are looking for something new to try out.... read on....
Perhaps you've seen other women online mention the "Sperm Meets Egg Plan" also nicknamed SMEP by those familiar with it. I know the first time I heard it, I thought it was a silly name - of course the sperm has to meet the egg in order for pregnancy to occur! But then I began to look at what the plan involved and realized that there is a lot of purpose to it.
Proponents of this plan will tell you that it gives you the best odds of ensuring that the sperm gets to your egg. Obviously if you have blocked tubes or other such condition that physically impedes conception, this plan will not help much, but if your body is primed and ready for pregnancy, this plan may give you an advantage that you did not have in past months. But be forewarned... this plan requires some serious lovin'!
Sperm Meets Egg Plan Crash Course:
- Buy 10 OPK tests PRIOR to cycle day 10 (I recommend the ovulation test strips at Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com, as they’re affordable and easy to use/interpret.)
- Starting on cycle day 10, do one OPK test EVERY DAY (In case you don’t know how to use an ovulation test, here are instructions.)
- Babydance (BD) EVERY OTHER DAY starting on cycle day 10 (Elevate those hips for 10 - 30 minutes after each BD session.)
- When you get a positive OPK, babydance that day and the next 2 days in a row (so 3 days in a row total) (I know – feels like your honeymoon all over again!)
- Skip one night and babydance once more the next day (Just when you thought it was over!)
- Take a home pregnancy test (HPT) 15 days after the day you ovulated (Again, I’d recommend these pregnancy test strips at Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com.)
So there you have it. Simple formula, lots of work. It has been said that up to 40% of post-miscarriage women will get pregnant on their first try if they are faithful to the plan, about double the number of the normal population who are not on the plan. This assumes, however, that you are indeed ovulating every cycle. Is that statistic accurate? Frankly, I don’t know, but I have found word of mouth on this method to be very positive.
Things to Keep in Mind When Doing the Sperm Meets Egg Plan
Many books will tell you that sperm can live up to 5 days in the uterus and the egg can survive for 24 hours. For most people, sperm can only survive a couple hours if you do not have good quality cervical mucus to sustain the journey and the wait. Egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) is the best and most fertile cervical mucus your body makes - it is clear usually and stretches 2 or more inches between your fingertips) If you find that you don't make enough EWCM, you can try taking FertileCM, a product designed to promote the production of “fertile quality” cervical mucus. Or you can buy Pre-Seed, a sperm-friendly lubricant, and use that during intercourse.
It has been said that babydancing too frequently can actually cause more harm than good. Do not try every day until you get your positive OPK! You will not only get exhausted, but you may use up your cervical mucus reserves before you ovulate. Babydancing every other day until your positive OPK and then every day at that point ought to be enough to seal the deal.
If the SMEP doesn't work the first month, don't give up! Continue to use it as a guide and try it again next month. If you feel that you have been trying on your own for too long and nothing is working, consider making an appointment with a fertility specialist. While most couples will conceive within their first 12 months of trying, this isn't the case for everyone, so getting checked is a good thing if you are approaching your one year anniversary of TTC.
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