Trying to conceive is often not as easy as it sounds!
Trying to conceive can be an emotionally challenging journey for many individuals and couples. It often involves months, or even years, of hope, anticipation, and disappointment. Many of us may have learned about the basic process of conception in school the so called “sperm meeting the egg”. The reality of it is that there is a complex interplay of hormones, signals, and physiological changes that are needed to conceive. Let’s have a closer look at what happens during conception.
It all begins with the menstruation.
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining during menstruation. After that, the body enters a phase we call the follicular phase; the follicles on the ovaries begin to grow. For that to happen, the ovaries and pituitary gland engage in a constant communication to stimulate the production of different hormones. These hormones help with the growth and development of follicles and also with the building of the endometrial lining in the uterus.
Ovulation is about to occur.
As oestrogen levels increase during this phase, they eventually trigger a release of a hormone called LH (Luteinising Hormone). This hormone surge tells us that the dominant follicle is mature and this follicle contains the egg. During this phase the body indicates in several ways that ovulation is about to occur, such as an increase in libido and the presence of mucus discharge.
It is during this time that the couple can try to conceive. The mucus discharge helps the sperm in their journey through the reproductive tract to meet the egg.
The next stage; fertilisation, cell division and implantation.
When the genetic information from the egg and sperm combine, fertilisation occurs and the cell starts to divide. Over the next 3-5 days, this process continues and eventually forms a so called blastocyst. This blastocyst then travels down the fallopian tube and eventually reaches the uterus, where it implants into the uterine lining. This stage is called implantation.
Implantation triggers the formation of blood vessels between the embryo and the uterine lining. The body recognises the embryo and starts nurturing it. Throughout early pregnancy, the body undergoes significant changes to support the development of the baby to facilitate a healthy pregnancy.
Conception; there is a lot to it!
It is important to remember that conceiving a child is a remarkable process, and our bodies have an incredible ability to adapt and support this journey. Many of our clients feel frustrated and disheartened each time they see their period come however it is a good thing to remember the complexity of the process. The most important thing is to keep working towards a strong and balanced body, with the right hormones firing at the right time.
Hopefully, by providing some insight into the complex processes and changes our bodies undergo during conception, we can develop a deeper appreciation for this amazing ability of our body.
I need help conceiving, how do I make an appointment?
The team at Natural Solutions Acupuncture has a keen interest in supporting couples with their fertility. You can book your appointment online here or if you would like some more information please give us a call on 0414 067 874.