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I’m not ready for fertility treatments, but I’ve tried naturally for a few months and nada. What can I do at home?

It may seem obvious, but if you smoke, stop! Smokers, on average, take twice as long to conceive. Being very over- or underweight can also make getting pregnant harder. If you use lubricant, switch to one labelled “fertility-friendly” or “sperm-friendly,” like Pre-Seed; some regular lubes can slow down his swimmers. (Kick-start your new, healthy routine with Women’s Health’s 12-Week Total-Body Transformation!)

We bet you can relate to these thoughts every woman has had at the gyno’s office:

Next, for women with regular menstrual cycles, period- or fertility-tracking apps can identify your fertile window. And ovulation predictor kits look for a surge of a pre-ovulation hormone in your urine (they’re much less accurate for women with polycystic ovary syndrome). Just don’t go too long without seeing a doctor. If you’re under 35, try for a year, then make an appointment. Over 35 (or younger if you have irregular cycles or other red flags like endometriosis), see an M.D. after six months; over 40, hit her up right away.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women’s Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!

Tags: pregnancyself careJune 2017