Baby Blues: Sometimes It’s the Little Things that Create Big Problems

Why is she having such a hard time conceiving? Both she and her husband have been tested for infertility, with negative results, but still, the babies aren’t coming. They’ve tried conception-cased intercourse on every day of her cycle, and now wonder what’s left to try. Is there anything that can help them to reach their goal?

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Good day to everyone. My husband and I really want to have a baby, and we have been trying since we got married 3 years ago. Why is it so hard for me to get pregnant? We really want to have a baby and we have tried to have sex throughout every day of the cycle without any luck. Is there anything that can boost our chances of getting pregnant? We have both been checked and are perfectly capable of getting pregnant. We aren't infertile, but now I am starting to have doubts.


How frustrating to have everything in working order and still not be able to achieve results! Yet sometimes the smallest things can be the deciding factor in whether a thing works or not. Having worked in I.T., sometimes it is as simple as checking to make sure the computer is turned on. I’m not saying you’re “doing it wrong”. But there could be some minor hang-ups that are creating major issues.
Sweat the Small Stuff
So you’ve had your eggs and his semen tested, and everything looks good: eggs are healthy, you’re ovulating properly; his sperm are plentiful and mobile. But there’s a lot more going on in the race of conception than just eggs and sperm. Well, on the sperm end of things. Those sperm have to make it all the way through the harsh landscape of the vagina, up into the uterus, and into an egg. There are a lot of things that can go wrong in that unfamiliar terrain.
Burn, Baby, Burn
To begin with, the vagina is quite acidic. This works out great for us ladies, as it keeps down yeast, and other bacterial infections. However, such an environment is far too acidic for sperm to survive in for long, and if the prostatic fluid that surrounds those little guys isn’t alkaline enough, the vagina will kill them before they even make it out. Prostatic fluid is the vaginal buffer to sperm, creating a neutral environment out of the combination of acid and base.
Stuck on You
Are you using lubrication? Some lubricants can add or detract from fertility just due to frictional considerations. Thick, gel-type lubricants make it difficult for sperm to get through the vagina without getting stuck somewhere. Warming, cooling, and tingling lubricants can do damage to sperm capsules, weakening them, and creating a higher probability of failure. If you’re going to use lubrication, it should be one that is very slick, with little to no additives.
Slip ‘N Slide
Lubrication can actually help you procreate—it serves as an additional barrier in the vagina, and can slide the sperm right up into the uterus. If you’re not susceptible to yeast infections, you can try naturally derived lubricants such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, or almond oil. Grapeseed oil is very light and thin, which makes it an excellent choice.
You can also try a more fertility specific lubrication. These are pH balanced to assist sperm in surviving the vagina, while they also fully coat the vaginal walls to help sperm coast into the uterus. (TRY: Fertility Boosting Lubricants) It could be that something as simple as overeager vaginal defenses are ruining your chance at happiness. Why not try an easy fix and see what happens? I wish you the best of luck!

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