How Long Will it Take Me to Get Pregnant?
One of the most frustrating parts of getting pregnant is waiting to get pregnant. Most women trying to conceive wonder: how long will it take for me to get pregnant? And, what are my chances? And while there are certain steps you can take to improve your chances of getting pregnant, you should be aware of the average length of time it takes every woman to conceive.
The Average Time it Takes to Get Pregnant
On average, 20% of all couples trying to get pregnant will not conceive in the first year of trying.
According to one study, 25% of couples get pregnant in the first month of trying, while 60% of couples trying to get pregnant do so within six months. On the other hand, 75% of couples get pregnant within nine months while 80% get pregnant within a year. Finally, some 90% of couples get pregnant within eighteen months of trying.
However, there are a variety of factors that can affect your chances of getting pregnant, including your diet and lifestyle, and how physically fit you are. Mental health factors like depression and stress can also affect your odds of getting pregnant.
Infertility is another, though less common, cause of getting pregnant problems. Infertility affects about 2% of the American population, or about 1.2 million people. Interestingly, in couples that are experiencing difficulty trying to conceive, the problem lies equally with both the man and the women, with both female and male factors accounting for 30% of infertile couples.
It is advised that you see a fertility specialist if you've been trying to get pregnant for more than a year without success. If you're 40 or over, it is generally advised that you see a fertility specialist earlier in order to conduct fertility tests such as ultrasound scanning and blood tests to check for possible infertility issues.
Talking to a fertility specialist sooner rather than later can also help assess your and your partner's medical history, as well as your overall health.
The Average Chance You Have of Getting Pregnant
Even if your reproductive health is excellent, the average chance a woman has of getting pregnant each time she has intercourse is about 20%.
However, timing sex around ovulation is good way to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
For help trying to get pregnant, check out FertilAid For Women, and for when you do succeed in getting pregnant find out more about Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Vitamins.
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