Fertility Questions and Answers

You probably have some fertility questions you want answered. Or maybe you’re just hoping that someone has asked the same questions you have about fertility.

Female infertility and male infertility are all too common. Below, I have answered a few of the questions I’ve received in order to help you understand better how to get pregnant and why it may be taking longer than you would like to get pregnant.

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It is my hope that these questions and answers will give you some tips for getting pregnant more quickly. Please let me know if you have a fertility question.

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Q. I have mittelschmerz. When should I have sex in order to get pregnant? Is it during the day of the pain, before, or after?

A. Mittelschmerz is a German word that means “middle pain” and is the mid-cycle pain that occurs at or around ovulation.

Not all women have this, and not all women who have it have it all the time. If you wait till you are experiencing this pain, it may be too late to try for pregnancy that month. Therefore, you need to plan to have intercourse BEFORE your mittelschmerz.

Tracking in other ways is recommended. For example, BBT charting, ovulation predictor kits, and cervical mucus observation. It’s best to use all three methods for better ovulation prediction.

See Determining Ovulation for more information.

Q. How long after having clear, sticky cervical mucus do you ovulate? How long does it take the egg to be released? After seeing egg-white cervical mucus, how long does it take to ovulate?

A. The number of days you have egg-white cervical mucus varies from woman to woman. I will typically have egg-white cervical fluid for about 3 days. If you’ve just started to see egg-white CM, it will typically increase for a couple days before you ovulate, but again this varies from woman to woman.

It’s best to use BBT charting and ovulation prediction test strips as well in order to have a better idea of when you ovulate. When ovulation is actually occurring, the process of the egg being released and becoming available for fertilization can take anywhere from 12-48 hours, but it’s best to have intercourse before this time to have sperm up there waiting for that egg.

Read more about fertile cervical mucus here.

Q. I’m having stretchy, clear, sticky cervical mucus, and I’m about 5 days past ovulation. Usually at this time I am very dry and have no CM. I think I read this means your progesterone levels are dropping and you’re not pregnant, but I’m not sure and need some help.

A. If you had sex the night before and your discharge is clear and sticky, it may be semen. Egg-white CM is more watery than sticky, like the white of a raw egg. I’ve noticed that my cervical fluid is different from time to time, sometimes dry after ovulation and sometimes a little moist.

Your discharge after ovulation doesn’t indicate whether you’re pregnant or not. Progesterone levels actually rise after ovulation and then fall if you’re not pregnant closer to the start of your next cycle (12-15 DPO or so, depending on your particular cycle).

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