In the past, the only way to have a baby was to engage in sexual intercourse with the goal of conception. Nowadays, there are various alternative methods of getting pregnant that don’t require you to have sex! These include in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and surrogacy. Each of these three methods works differently, so be sure to read up on each one before deciding which one is right for you.

A) Don’t want sex?

Having sex is a surefire way to get pregnant, but for some women, getting pregnant isn’t that easy. For example, if you’re breastfeeding (as in still producing milk) your body won’t ovulate again until you wean—so don’t have sex while breastfeeding unless you don’t mind being stuck with one baby for a few years. Another alternative method is called FAM or fertility awareness method.

B) Not enough sex?

While we often think that if we have more sex, we’ll have a better chance of getting pregnant, it’s not necessarily true. In fact, having sex too frequently can decrease sperm count and make it harder for you to get pregnant. To increase your chances of conceiving with ease, schedule intercourse at least once every other day during your fertile window. This ensures that both you and your partner are more than ready to conceive each time you decide to get intimate.

C) Too much sex?

Some people believe that having sex every day will increase their chances of getting pregnant. In reality, however, research has shown that too much sex can actually make it harder for couples to conceive. The more often you have sex, in fact, the lower your sperm count becomes; ejaculating so often can reduce men’s sperm count by up to 40 percent. If you want to conceive using alternative methods of conception and are struggling with infertility, talk with your doctor about other ways you can get pregnant.

D) Sex with an issue?

Infertility, miscarriage and age are just a few of many issues that can negatively affect your ability to conceive. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it might be time to talk with your doctor about using alternative methods of conception. Take a look at these natural ways—some even backed by science—to aid in conception and pregnancy.

E) No sperm?

Many couples find themselves in a situation where one partner is unable to produce healthy sperm. What many people don’t realize is that there are ways of creating viable embryos without using sperm from either partner. There are two main methods for getting pregnant when you have no sperm: in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). Let’s take a look at both.

G) Fertility treatment

Treatments for infertility may involve drugs, devices, surgery or assisted reproductive technology. Treatments can help when you and your partner both have fertility problems. Some treatments are used if a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked or if ovulation is not happening naturally (this happens in about 20 percent of infertile women). Other treatments are designed to help sperm do their job better or make a woman’s uterus lining more hospitable to an embryo.

H) IVF, ICSI, Surrogacy

If you’re thinking about having a baby through in vitro fertilization (IVF), it’s important to understand your options. The procedure begins with hormone injections that cause multiple eggs to develop and ripen, then doctors insert one or more of those eggs into your uterus.

I) Adoption

The idea of adoption is simple—in theory. But when you’re faced with actually bringing a child into your life, things can become pretty complicated. Adoption comes with its own set of challenges and costs, but it is also rewarding and lifelong. There are many types of adoption: domestic and international, agency-based or independent adoptions (private adoptions), open or closed adoptions, stepparent/relative adoptions, traditional and non-traditional families (single parent, two men), etc.

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