Hi, I am Dr. Parul Chopra Buttan. I am a gynaecologist and obstetrician with 18 years of experience. I am also the co-creator of the conceive effortlessly online program to help you get pregnant faster, naturally, easily & most definitely. 😊

I’ve been asked about some prevalent suggestions on conceiving. Let's analyse some – are they myths or truths?

Myth #1 - Intercourse early in the morning between 4 am to 6 am is best to conceive. 

Well, intercourse any time of the day or night is just fine for conception. There is no hour of the day that is more fertile than the other!

Myth #2 - Exercise is to be avoided if you are planning a pregnancy. Jumping might cause an early miscarriage!

Nothing could be further from the truth. Being healthy and active only contributes to good health in and of your pregnancy. In a healthy pregnancy, exercise and being physically active is in fact encouraged. Jumping or running or walking up a flight of stairs does not cause a miscarriage. Our video on planning a pregnancy after miscarriage explains how and why a miscarriage occurs sometimes. 

Myth #3 - Certain positions during sex lead to a better chance of pregnancy. 

Well, no! Any position for intercourse is fine and can lead to a pregnancy. There is no favourable position for conceiving. Only, ejaculation into the vagina without using condoms and preferably without using artificial lubricants is vital. 

Myth #4 - It is important for a woman to orgasm for her to conceive.  

It’s a myth. How much pleasure you derive from the act of intercourse has no relation to you conceiving a pregnancy in it.

Myth #5 - Certain days of the month have a higher chance of conceiving twins.

It’s a myth! Naturally occurring twins are rare. Your chances of conceiving a twin pregnancy naturally increase if you have a family history of twins eg, you are one of a twin or your parents or siblings have had twin pregnancies or are one of a twin themselves. Undergoing fertility treatments does increase the chances of a twin pregnancy.

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Myth #6 - Eating a certain food item on the day of the intercourse or just before intercourse increases your chances of conception. 

There is no scientific evidence to support this. Eating a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet helps in various ways to keep you fit and fertile. And the food you consume takes time to assimilate and impact your body. 

Myth #7 - If semen spills out of the vagina after intercourse, this means that conception is not possible.

This is incorrect. Semen is a vehicle for sperms to reach the woman’s reproductive tract. Almost 90% of semen is fluids which do not have a role beyond nourishing and depositing the sperm in the vagina. These do flow out from the vagina after intercourse after a few minutes. The healthy and moving sperms make their way into the uterus through the cervix.      

Myth #8 - Using contraception before delays your chances of conception, even if you stop using them. 

​This depends on which contraceptive method you were using and how. If you were using condoms before, there is no delay in the return of fertility when you stop using them. In fact condoms protect you from infections and protect your fertility for when you want to use it! 

If you were using birth control pills, they also help with hormonal regulation and fertility resumes immediately after you stop using them. 

If you were using injections such as the long acting Depot medroxy progesterone acetate, return of fertility after the effect of the injection wears off may take longer, about 5-6 months. These are usually offered by doctors to women who have just delivered a baby and want to delay the subsequent pregnancy. 

If you were using Intra uterine devices such as Copper T, their removal usually leads to immediate return of fertility, unless complications such as spread of infections have happened in the course of their use.  

Now, even when everything may be perfect with both the partners biologically, it may still take a few months for a pregnancy to occur. And that is absolutely normal!

And while I have written more about the biological factors that are important for a successful pregnancy, do check my article on the one secret ingredient that has helped many of my patients to conceive effortlessly, over my 20 years of medical experience. 

Love and good health,

Dr. Parul Chopra Buttan
Gynaecologist & Obstetrician
Email: drparulchoprabuttan@zoe.menu | Whatsapp: 8527198370

Dr. Parul Chopra Buttan

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