Having children is one of the most life changing things that many of us do in our lives. But starting a family can also be one of the most rewarding things that you can do with your life too. Of course, there are all sorts of factors that you should take into consideration before deciding to bring children into the world or into your life. You need to determine whether you can support children financially. You need to know whether you can support them emotionally. You need to determine whether you have the traits and commitment to be a good parent or not. But if you have found that you definitely do want kids and can care for them properly, here are a few steps to take into consideration to get the ball rolling when you consider starting a family of your own!
Tracking Your Ovulation
If you’re looking to start a family, it is important that you understand ovulation. You will conceive when you are ovulating, so it’s a good idea to know what that means and when exactly that is. Ovulation is a key part of the menstrual cycle. Sure, when we talk about the menstrual cycle, we usually automatically think of the short period of menstrual bleeding that many of us experience once a month. However, the menstrual cycle actually covers a much longer period. When it comes to fertility, it’s important that we understand the period of ovulation. Ovulation is essentially the fertile window during your cycle. If you want to conceive, you need to make sure that you have sexual intercourse anytime from five days before ovulation to the day of ovulation. This is a relatively small window of opportunity. The most simple way to determine whether you are ovulating or not is to input your personal data into a menstrual cycle monitoring app like Flo. This will track your cycles and after a few months will be able to estimate when you are ovulating relatively accurately.
If you find that you are struggling to conceive, you may want to consult your doctor, who will be able to determine the cause of the issue. There are a number of factors that can lead to infertility or difficulties conceiving, ranging from genetic factors to smoking, weight and conditions that can result in reproductive issues. A discussion with your doctor will help you to potentially make lifestyle changes or undergo treatment that can increase your fertility and chances of conceiving. If you are still unable to conceive through intercourse, or if you are a same sex couple who would like a child, you can explore different options. Your doctor may recommend egg donation, sperm donation, IVF, surrogacy and more. You will then be able to go through your options and determine the best option for you and your partner.
Remember that conceiving a child yourself isn’t the only way of building a family. Adoption can build a family just as easily. So, you don’t need to be fertile or consider medical treatments to have children. Of course, adoption is a lengthy process, but it’s worth it in the end. Speak to local agencies and authorities to better understand the adoption process in your area.
Of course, these are just the basics of starting a family. But the information can come in really useful if you find that you need it!