If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need a well developed strategy, especially if you are 35 and older.  Although 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, trying to get pregnant can still be a challenge.

One of the most important things that need to be established for women trying to conceive is to make sure that they have regular cycles or have a period every month. A regular monthly period means that the ovaries are working and producing eggs. If your menstrual cycles are irregular or skipping months, you are most likely not ovulating and need to determine why. The most common reason for irregular periods is polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition where the ovary contains many cysts and don’t produce eggs. Therefore, iIf you have an irregular menstrual cycle and want to get pregnant, you should make an appt to see your physician right away

Ideally, you want to have sexual relations at least 36 hours before the egg is released so that fertilization can occur. The sperm can survive for 96 hours which gives it plenty of time to fertilize an egg. However, how do you when ovulation will occur? This is the key to a successful pregnancy.

Taking a temperature was the way women determined whether they were ovulating and it was not user-friendly. Some women did not want to be bothered using a thermometer on a daily basis. An easier ovulation method is to test a woman’s urine for an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge which indicates that ovulation will occur in the next 36 hours. These ovulation kits can be performed at home and are available in the dollar store.

76% of couples successfully conceived within one month of using an ovulation kit as opposed to 50% of couples who didn’t. So, if you’re trying to conceive in a hurry, using an ovulation kit might just be the way to go.