Your Guide to Navigating the Conception Journey

by Brood

This post was written by our friends at Ovry. Ovry is redefining home fertility products, providing affordable, earth-friendly, and inclusive home pregnancy and fertility tests.

Content Warning: This post contains discussions of miscarriage, infertility and early loss. Due to its heavy content, we suggest you take breaks when necessary, and check in with yourself. We also encourage you to have a support person accessible to you — whether learning alongside you, in the next room, or a phone call away.

Tools and Support: Empowering Your Conception Journey

Bringing a child into the world is a deeply personal and transformative experience. The path to parenthood is as diverse as the individuals and couples who embark on it. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to starting a family, and each journey is characterized by its own challenges, triumphs, and surprises. In this article, we will explore various aspects of the path to parenthood and shed light on the importance of knowledge, support, and self-care along the way.

Fertility Statistics

Understanding the statistics surrounding fertility can help individuals and couples gain a better perspective on their own journey and alleviate some of the anxiety along the way. Here’s the most important statistics to familiarize yourself with:

  • It is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage, highlighting the common occurrence of early pregnancy loss (loss within the first 6 weeks)
  • The time it takes to conceive can vary significantly from person to person, with some conceiving within a few months and others taking upwards of a year or longer.
  • Approximately 1 in 6 couples will experience infertility, which is medically defined as having no pregnancy occur after 12 months of consecutive attempts at conception. 

If you have concerns about your fertility, it’s never too early to seek the guidance of a medical professional. You deserve to be fully affirmed, supported and cared for throughout this journey, not just once you become pregnant. 

Tools for Trying to Conceive (TTC)

When trying to conceive, various tools can assist in increasing the chances of conception. Ovulation tests, for example, help individuals with ovaries pinpoint their most fertile days by detecting the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) that precedes ovulation. 

Knowing when you’re approaching ovulation can assist you in timing sex/insemination for the greatest chance at conception during your fertile window. 

Bulk pregnancy tests are another useful tool for those who prefer to test frequently during the early stages of pregnancy. Ovry’s early result pregnancy tests come in boxes of 4, 10 or 18 so you can test as early and as often as you like, plus they use 90% less plastic than traditional drugstore tests. Kinder to your wallet and more environmentally friendly–a win-win!

In addition to ovulation tests and pregnancy tests, it’s essential to consider the role of prenatal vitamins in your TTC journey. Prenatal vitamins are formulated to provide the essential nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy. These vitamins often contain higher levels of folic acid, iron, calcium, and other key vitamins and minerals that are necessary during fetal development. 

Even before conception, taking a prenatal vitamin can help ensure that your body is adequately prepared for pregnancy and that your baby has the best possible start. Consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance on prenatal vitamins that best suit your needs.

When used in conjunction with medical guidance these tools can empower individuals and couples to take an active role in their fertility journey.

Building a Support System

Embarking on the path to parenthood can be an emotional rollercoaster and having a strong support system is vital. Surrounding yourself with loved ones who understand and empathize with your journey can provide comfort and reassurance during challenging times.

Additionally, joining support groups or seeking professional counseling can offer a safe space to share experiences, gather advice, and find solace in the company of others facing similar challenges.

Seeking support when needed, whether through friends, family, or professional resources, is an act of self-care that should not be underestimated.

The journey to parenthood is an incredible undertaking that has the power to transform lives. Feeling knowledgeable about fertility and pregnancy can lead to a more empowered fertility journey.

You can navigate this journey with greater confidence and resilience by arming yourself with knowledge, utilizing available tools, and building a strong support system. 

Learn more about Ovry and see all their products here.

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