Trying hard to conceive but feel like your efforts have been going down the drain? What can you do to help yourself get pregnant or, more specifically, what can you do in order to improve the chances of a successful implantation? Let’s find out.
Knowing the mechanism of implantation to improve chances of implantation
The birth of the fertilized egg that carries all your dreams in its DNA – the sperm and the egg meet and this egg then implants itself into the lining of your uterus. This is the process of implantation.
The egg in the woman’s body is produced during the process of ovulation and the egg then moves towards the fallopian tubes. If sperms are ejaculated into the vagina, they swim up the uterus and into the fallopian tubes in search of the egg. Once one sperm penetrates the membrane of the egg and fuses with it, the fertilized egg will spend the next 7 to 10 days undergoing cell division over and over again as it moves along the tube and reaches the uterus. The egg (blastocyst) waits for an opportunity to land on the lining of the uterus and makes its home there – and so implantation happens.
How to help implantation: Why doesn’t implantation happen?
If you aren’t pregnant even after sexual intercourse, it means that the egg and sperm didn’t meet, so a fertilized egg wasn’t produced. Or, it could also mean that the ovulation didn’t take place in time to meet the sperm and thus, no implantation took place.
There are other reasons why implantation might not always be successful. Possible explanations include the poor quality of the fertilized egg (chromosomal anomalies present) and the egg being unable to undergo cell division successfully, thus the fertilized egg doesn’t become a blastocyst and isn’t able to attach itself to the endometrium.
Even if the blastocyst attaches itself successfully onto the endometrium, if the blastocyst cannot develop normally, this is known as implantation dysfunction. As you never know what the exact reason for your infertility thus far could be, it’s recommended that you let the doctor examine you to be able to give you a more concrete answer.
What can I do to help implantation
You might be wondering if there is anything concrete you can do to improve your chances of implantation – there isn’t. However, you need to note that there are actions you should avoid doing so as to improve your chances of a successful implantation. If you’re physically tired or if you exercise excessively during the implantation period, your chances of implantation will decrease. Also, if your body is cold and you have poor blood circulation, it might be difficult for implantation to take place.
Making a body that is fit for pregnancy – implantation included – isn’t created in one day. You’ll want to note the following and integrate it into your daily life a step at a time:
A uterus that has good blood circulation is the ideal uterus. What you can do is exercise! It will help to increase blood circulation in the lower half of your body, so stretch, walk, and try doing yoga – the list from which you can choose goes on – so pick what suits you best!
There isn’t any specific food that can directly improve the odds of implantation. However, a balanced diet that keeps you in good condition can have positive effects on implantation when the eggs you produce come out looking good as well. Keep your blood coursing through your veins at a good speed by eating food that keeps your body warm – ginger, long onion, onion, burdock – and food that promote blood circulation – sardine, horse mackerel, mackerel, or black carp.
The following factors don’t just apply to the period in time when implantation can and might take place, they apply to the whole duration of pregnancy, too:
- Excessive drinking
Smoking causes your blood vessels to contract and slows down blood circulation.
If you continue to drink (and drink excessively), the function of your liver decreases and this affects blood circulation as well. Stress also makes blood circulation slow down – so take some time off to destress!
How to help implantation? Help yourself first!
Knowing how to pass the time during the period in which implantation can occur doesn’t necessarily guarantee a successful implantation. What you can do to up your chances is to live each day to the fullest by trying to be as healthy as you can and have a regular lifestyle.
Illnesses can be the underlying cause of infertility, so lifestyle habits play a more important role than you’d imagine. Your partner is in this together with you, so make sure the both of you are on the same page when it comes to changing lifestyle habits. Infertility caused by lifestyle habits can be corrected, and the first step begins with your partner and you.