How To Get Pregnant

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Although there’s no exact way of knowing how long it’ll take you to get pregnant, there are statistics that show how long it usually takes couples to conceive. Most couples conceive within three months. It could take more time if you’re above the age of 35, have certain habits that might affect your fertility (like smoking), or have a medical condition that impairs fertility. So here are the figures:

Conception Statistics

30 percent get pregnant the first cycle (about one month), 59 percent get pregnant within three cycles, (about three months), 80 percent get pregnant within six cycles (about six months), 85 percent get pregnant within 12 cycles (about one year), 91 percent get pregnant within 36 cycles (about three years) and 93 to 95 percent get pregnant within 48 cycles (about four years).

About 90 percent of couples conceive naturally. The remaining 10 percent are eventually diagnosed with infertility. Once couples diagnosed with infertility get professional help and/or medical treatment, a good number of them do manage to get pregnant. The rest may have to consider other options, like sperm donation, surrogacy, or adoption.

An infertility diagnosis means one year of trying without success. If you’ve tried to get pregnant for a year, it’s recommended to seek treatment. If you’re 35 or older, you don’t have to wait that long. See a fertility specialist if you’re not pregnant within six months.

On average, a woman’s fertility peaks when she’s 24 and begins to drop in her mid-30s. Although getting older makes it harder to get pregnant, many women have healthy, successful pregnancies well into their 40s.

Getting Pregnant Fast

The first thing you should do to boost your chances of getting pregnant as soon as possible is to find out when you ovulate, since that’s the only time when you can conceive. Next, time sex with ovulation. Studies show that couples who schedule sex to coincide with ovulation get pregnant faster. (The best time to have sex is from two to three days before ovulation through the day you ovulate until two to three days after the same day. As for couples who timed sex with ovulation:

38 percent were pregnant after one cycle, 68 percent were pregnant after three cycles, 81 percent were pregnant after six cycles and 92 percent were pregnant after 12 cycles.

In the meantime, get your body ready for pregnancy. Schedule a preconception checkup with a doctor or midwife to check your general and reproductive health are both. Learn which nutrients your body needs for pregnancy and adjust your diet accordingly if needed. The sooner you do that, the better – both for you and your future baby.

Best Time to Get Pregnant

Timing is your keyword. Sperm is around for two to three days, but the egg lives for only 12 to 24 hours. To increase your chances to get pregnant, have sex more than once around the time of ovulation. The ideal option is to have sexual intercourse two to three days before ovulation, again on the day you ovulate and two to three days after this day. That way, when an egg is released, it’s more likely to find a healthy supply of sperm waiting in the fallopian tube.

Fertile Window

So now, the important question is when exactly do you ovulate, and that depends on the length of your menstrual cycle. A woman typically ovulates about 14 days before her next period. If you have a 28-day cycle, which is the average, then you’d ovulate halfway through your cycle. But if your cycle is longer, let’s say, 35-day long, you would ovulate around day 21, not day 17.

Most women have about 12 periods a year, but some skip months or don’t get a period at all. Factors such as stress, heavy exercise, dramatic weight change or medical conditions can cause interruptions in your period. The more irregular your period is, the more difficult it is to predict when you ovulate. If your periods are irregular, you can figure out your most fertile days by tracking your ovulation each month, for example, by using a fertility monitor (if doing it on your own proves tricky).

Ovulation Symptoms

But you can do more than just count the days. There are certain subtle signs that will help you know you’re ovulating. These include breast tenderness, slight discomfort in your middle abdomen, increased vaginal discharge that takes on a wetter, egg-white-type quality, a slight increase (about 0.4 to 1 degree Fahrenheit) in basal body temperature (BBT), which you can detect by taking your temperature each morning before you get out of bed, two days after you ovulate. Charting your BBT for a few months will give you a good idea of your cycle.

Of course, you don’t have to make a complicated schedule, planning sex ahead, measuring your BBT every morning and calculating your ovulation cycle. Try having sex at least twice a week and enjoy the process, and that will probably do the trick.

  • Keisha Harley

    So my husband and I decided to try to conceive. I was on the patch until February. I haven’t used it since the last week in January. Well I had my period 2/04/17 it only lasted 3 days. I haven’t had one since. 2 weeks ago I feel like I was coming on for a whole week and never did. I smell weird things, have light abdominal and upper legs cramps, back ache. I tested last week it was negative. Could it have been too early?

  • You could be pregnant. Do you usually get these symptoms before getting your period?

  • GaNel

    Hi all, please can someone help me. I am 27, it is my first time trying to get pregnant, me and my fiance are both ready. i used to be on Microgynon Tablet over a year, stopped them last year November as I am Readdy to start a family, but I have never been so stressed before, I had a Surgery in June 2014 to remove 02 Fibroids and after few months follow up, I got discharge by the Gynaeo and given the all the clear.
    I had my period on the 13th of this month, I have a short Cycle, I calculate to have intercourse around my ovulating period and day which was between 21-24, also had random intercourse on the 27th, how Will I know I have conceive, as my cycle is so short, and this week, I have been experiencing, lot of dizziness, back ache, tender breast (the hurt), I had a slight bleeding as well, And I feel more tired than usual. But I am worried that it could be just sign of my next period coming next week or this weather,as i have been sneezing a lot…
    please Help…

  • Stacey

    OK I’m 24 and then when I was 16 but I was 6 to 8 weeks pregnant and had a miscarriage now 24 that was almost 8 years ago and I’m not once been pregnant since then and I have tried everything me and my fiancé open today they say I’m healthy My fiancé can have kids And I tried everything fertility pills over the. Counter eating right diet and nothing My insurance doesn’t cover me to try to get pregnant because it’s a want in on a mean what else can I do to get me pregnant or cannot get pregnant

  • Nicci

    Okay so this will sound crazy to some/most since I have had 2 live births and 1 miscarriage at 7weeks. I should know if I’m pregnant but I just don’t know. Everything is just off Here is all of my symptoms I’m having now
    1. Tender breasts (nipples a little)
    2. Slight dizziness (every so often)
    3. Feeling nauseated (about 3-4 times) randomly off and on.
    4. Headaches galore
    5. Extremely exhausted (can’t barley function at work anymore) sleep all night and day when able to.
    6. Very moody (cry often/anger outbursts) I feel Bi-polar.
    7. Feeling bloated/full
    8. Food cravings some/not really
    9. Food turn offs some/not really
    10. Slight/light/medium whitish discharge.
    11. Having severe backaches (upper/middle most of time) some lower backaches
    12. Heartburn heaven (I smell something/eat something.. Instant heartburn.) husband can’t even ware deodorant or cologne around me.
    13. Smell sensation is massive/extreme
    14. Always hot (having hot flashes)
    Okay so now that I think I’ve marked everything down. Here is why I’m having such a problem determining if I’m pregnant or if something else is wrong.
    (Previous pregnancies)
    1. All three times I had been pregnant before, I had implantation bleeding just a little pink 1x when I would wipe and then within days later a missed period. Boom I’m pregnant.
    2. Had extreme nausea with all three pregnancies from about 2-3weeks(b4 positive pregnancy test) until birth.
    3. Boobs never were soar
    4. No backaches
    5. Extreme insomnia at first and then slightly tired at about 10weeks.
    6. No food cravings or dislikes just always hungry.
    7.extreme dizziness (couldn’t roll over in bed without world spinning)
    8. Some headaches no bad ones.
    9. Slight mood change. But extreme emotional crying out bursts.
    Okay here’s my full story (sorry if I’m taking to long to get to the point.) I just wanted to make sure you knew where I was coming from.
    ~On on July 8th had my period… after period (randomly having sex) July 20th & 21st had sex skipped the 22 ovulated the 23 had sex. Then didn’t have sex until the 27th. Then randomly after.
    ~My period was due August 7th
    ~came on the 6th in morning with spotting (light/medium) into (medium bleeding by mid morning on 7th
    ~the 7th (medium bleeding)
    ~8th ( light spotting)
    ~9th (no spotting/ no bleeding)
    ~10th (barley spotting)
    ~11th *today* (no spotting)
    Oh also on days 2 & 3 before period came,I took a HPT both were BFN. Has any one encountered this or something similar and ended up pregnant? BTW my period is always about 5-6 days with heavy flow for at least 2 or 3 days. Then some spotting later. Before I come off.

  • aby

    Can you get pregnant if you have sex 3 days before your fertile window ?

  • Hi. Well, the missionary position is the “best”, but it really doesn’t matter that much – you can get pregnant is any position. Good luck 🙂

  • tammy

    My question may sound silly, but is there a position that will help me to get pregnant faster? Don’t laugh..

  • Hello! First of all, hormonal contraceptives can mess up your cycle for a while. It will soon get back to normal. As for your PCOS, it is best you consult your obgyn – he/she will prescribe you whatever fits your condition and will instruct you accordingly. You can continue taking folic acid until the third month of pregnancy (it has nothing to do with PCOS, of course, but is supposed to be good for your future baby). Holding fingers crossed for you!

  • somi

    hello,i have pcos. this my third month after marriage..first two months, i took contraceptive but this month i didnt and now i have my pregnancy test negative and this is my 39 day and im not having periods…as i have pcos so that my periods are not normal…wat should i do to get pergnany…?should i take clomid? for how many days ?and when?(i took folic acid this month also)

  • Taking folic acid will not get you pregnant faster, but it is supposed to significantly reduce the risk of Spina Bifida for your future baby, if taken before and during the first three months of pregnancy. To get pregnant faster, you should have intercourse on your fertile days (if you’re not doing it already) nothing more:) Good luck!

  • Leana

    I’m getting a conflicting opinions here. Some friends tell me that taking folic acid will help to get pregnant faster? Others, that it doesn’t matter, and that folic acid is important only after you get pregnant?

  • You can exercise as usual, but (and that goes for pregnancy period as well) don’t start an aggressive routine that may overtire you, if you’re new to exercising. Enjoy your sport!

  • saba

    can i do exercises,jogging and aggressive walk etc if i plan to get pregnant means after ovulation days?

  • I doubt it. If you missed your fertile window, just wait for the next month.

  • Lauren

    I had an unprotected sex 4 days after the expected date of ovulation. Is there still a chance of getting pregnant?

  • Hi. There are certain “tips” that are supposed to increase your chances to get pregnant with a boy or a girl, like having sex on the day of your ovulation, eating certain foods (salty food, meat, fish, white flour products, fresh fruit and, certain veggies and avoid other foods, such as dairy and chocolate) etc. I wouldn’t count on these, as they’re not scientifically proven, but there’s no harm in trying, of course.

  • Charlie

    Is there anything I can do to increase the chances of getting pregnant with a baby boy?

  • Jen

    I could never understand why women use this ovulation test, and here I am, obsessively testing myself every evening. Never say never:)

  • karen

    All this calculation, ovulation days, temperature.. Do we really need all that? Guess I’ll try it the good old fashioned way and see what happens:P

  • Zoe Heasman

    Oh, so even if I can’t get pregnant for half a year now, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong with me. Phew. Still, it’s annoying.