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The TTC-checklist is based on two principles: understanding your own body - its cycles and fertility rhythms - and maximizing your fertility health.

-Get Healthy! Health and Diet are Critical to Fertility
Sound health is the foundation of the fertility checklist. Excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones - causing irregularities in your cycle, decreased ovulation, and decreased chances for successful conception. Exercise, eat healthy, and consider organic foods and foods free from added hormones, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin C are essential to a regular, healthy menstrual cycle - and more frequent ovulation (a shorter, regular cycle).

-Understanding Your Body's Menstrual Cycle
During your menstrual cycle, there are far more infertile days than fertile days. The fertile days are days when there is a possibility for conceiving. However, within your fertile period - the window of opportunity for conception - there are days of "peak fertility". Identifying these peak times - and planning accordingly - can help maximize your chances for becoming pregnant.

-Predicting Ovulation
There are a number of ways to predict ovulation - and many women use different methods in concert to increase predictive accuracy. Here is a popular methods to predict ovulation: fertility charting, charting basal body temperature (BBT), ovulation tests (OPKs) and examining changes in cervical mucus.

-Decreasing Alcohol Consumption and Quitting Smoking
Cigarettes contain countless toxins that can age and damage a woman's reproductive system. Smoking can undermine the health of a woman's eggs, can interfere with healthy implantation , and can also cause 'aging' of the ovaries. Research also indicates that alcohol consumption can decrease chances for successful conception and implantation. More than one drink a day may alter estrogen levels, which can interfere with egg implantation. Consult your own doctor regarding the impact of any other prescription or nonprescription drugs.

-Look at Male Fertility Issues
Having difficulty conceiving? Then make sure that your male partner is following similar health guidelines. Also, diagnostic evaluation of male semen is an option. A semen analysis can determine if the sperm count is low (oligospermia) or sperm motility is an issue (asthenospermia).

-Decrease Stress and Think Positive
Stress can certainly be a problem. Stress, insomnia, worry, and focusing on "negative thoughts" can all lead to cycle irregularities - and decrease your overall health - making successful conception that much more difficult. Finding someone to talk to (even through an online community) can bring a great deal of solace and lessen stress.

Studies indicate that regular sex may help maintain regularity of the menstrual cycle. During the days just prior to ovulation, frequent sex also increases the chances of conception - and intercourse every 36 to 48 hours is sound fertility practice at ovulation. Following a positive result on an OPK, it is recommended that you have sex - using the missionary position - over the next three days.

-Getting a Fertility Work-Up
Only after prolonged difficulty in conceiving a baby, it may be wise to visit your doctor - or a fertility specialist. There are a number of tests that can determine if you have a fertility issue or fertility problem - and there are also medications to help increase fertility.

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