Medical Q&As

Conception

I am newly married and would dearly love to have some babies. Could you give me the best advice as to how to achieve this with regard to best times for conception?

Conception can only occur if intercourse takes place around the time of ovulation. This time of ovulation can be established by testing your urine with a special kit that can be purchased over the counter from your chemist. Alternatively if you are familiar with the changes that occur in your vaginal mucous as you progress through your monthly cycle you may have observed that the consistency of the mucous changes around mid-cycle. This change coincides with ovulation. It is also a good idea to take folic acid supplements in the months preceding conception. Stop smoking if you are a smoker and reduce your consumption of alcohol. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet and generally try to ensure that you are in the peak of health at the time of conception.