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.

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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?

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

aby

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

tammy

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

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)

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?

saba

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

Lauren

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

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.