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:
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.
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).
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.