How Long Will It Take to Conceive
When you’re trying to get pregnant, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how long it’s going to take you to conceive.
There’s no sure way of knowing how long it will take you and your partner to have a baby. Some couples will be pregnant in the first month of trying while others may take up to a year before they’re successful.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re not pregnant right away. There are many different factors that can have an effect on how long it will take you to conceive.
The Statistics of Getting Pregnant
While you can’t know for sure how it’s going to take you to be pregnant there are some statistics for pregnancy rates that give you an idea of what to expect. Out of 100 fertile couples who are trying to conceive:
- 20 will conceive in one month
- 70 will conceive in six months
- 85 will conceive within one year
- 90 will conceive within 18 months
- 95 will conceive within two years
The above rates are based on couples who are trying to conceive naturally and without ART (assisted reproductive technology).
Factors Affecting How Fast You Conceive
There are some factors that will affect just how fast you’re going to be pregnant. These include:
- Age: The older women get, the lower their chances of getting pregnant. This is because as women age they have fewer viable eggs available to be fertilized. The older you get, the longer it’s going to take you to conceive.
- Ovulation: If you ovulate irregularly it will take you a long time to conceive because you may not have an egg available each month to be fertilized by your partner’s sperm. If you don’t ovulate at all (anovulation), you won’t be able to get pregnant since you have no eggs to fertilize.
- Sperm count: Your partner needs to have sperm that is healthy in both quality and quantity. The less sperm there are, the longer it’s going to take you to conceive.
- Healthy fallopian tubes: You need to have healthy fallopian tubes without any scarring or blockage.
- Timing sex with ovulation: It’s important that you have intercourse a lot on the day that you ovulate and the days when you’re most fertile.
If all the above factors are in order, your chances of getting pregnant each time you ovulate are about 30 percent.
Your chances of pregnancy decrease with each factor that is out of the normal range.
But don’t let these facts and figures discourage you! How long it takes to conceive is different for every couple, and based on their own unique circumstances.
Do You Have Fertility Problems?
If you and your partner have been trying for over a year to get pregnant and still aren’t successful, it can be hard not to get concerned.
Maybe you’re doing everything right and yet month after month goes by and your period continues to arrive on schedule.
After trying for a year, it’s time to talk to a fertility specialist to determine if there are any medical factors that are preventing you from getting pregnant.
The reason you want to see a specialist after this time is because after one year you don’t want to waste any more of your valuable years of fertility trying to get pregnant if there’s a problem that needs to be treated.
Don’t panic. Most infertility problems are treatable.
Get Pregnant by Boosting Your Fertility
There are some things that you can do to rev up your fertility so that you get pregnant as soon as possible. The most important thing that you can do is make sure that your overall health is in excellent condition.
Make sure that you eat right and get all the nutrition your body needs to make a baby. If you’re not already exercising regularly, now is the time to start. Just don’t overdo it when it comes to fitness.
Start by taking walks or doing some yoga. Both you and your partner should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Both of these issues can decrease your fertility by as much as half, and lower the quality of your partner’s sperm.
Avoiding the Stress of Trying to Get Pregnant
When you’re trying to conceive, one of the worst things you can do is keep asking yourself how long it’s going to take until you’re pregnant.
All that this is going to do is add stress to your life. Stress is believed to play a role in decreasing fertility. Take it easy while you’re trying to conceive.
Know the days of the month when you’re most fertile, and be sure to have intercourse on those days. Again, don’t overdo it.
Scheduling intercourse and getting anxious about making love on those days is only going to add to your stress level.
For the first year that you’re trying to get pregnant, just enjoy the feeling of intimacy with your partner and make love as often as you can. The bottom line is to enjoy the process of starting your family.