When you and your partner decide that you would like to start building your family, you may find that the decision is the easiest part of the process. It would be wonderful if everyone got pregnant the first month of trying, but that is not usually the way it turns out.
How Long Will It Take For Me to Get Pregnant
Even with the most ideal conditions, it can take up to a year for healthy couples, under 35, to get pregnant.
The chances for you to get pregnant each month varies depending on how old you are. In your 20’s, you have a 20% – 25% chance of getting pregnant each month. Once you reach your 30’s, your chance drop dramatically the closer you are to 40. When you are in your earlier 30’s, your chances of getting pregnant each month drops to about 15%. At 35, the possibility drops to 10% or less. Dr. David Adamson, past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine explains “The average 39-year-old woman has half the fertility she had at 31, and between 39 and 42, the chances of conceiving drop by half again.”
Typically, women under 35 will end up getting pregnant within 12 months of actively trying. If you are over 35, you should contact your doctor if you have been trying for 6 months and have not conceived.
While age is a major player in your ability to get pregnant, there are many other issues that come into play as you try to get pregnant.
Factors That Can Affect How Long It Will Take For You To Get Pregnant
- Age – For reasons medical and otherwise it is advisable that couples try for a pregnancy before the age of 35. After 35, there are increased chances of difficulty in conception as you age, as well as increased possibility chromosomal issues for the baby.
- Past and Current Medical Treatments and Issues – When consulting your doctor for a preconception checkup, remember to clearly indicate all details of medical treatments you have taken in the past or are taking currently. These medications can interfere with your chances of getting pregnant and later with the baby’s growth.
- General Body Health – Healthier couples not only have a more active and pleasurable sex life but their chances of pregnancy are also higher than average. Start working out, practicing yoga or just taking brisk walks together to tone up your mind and body for the child to come. Pregnancy asks for a lot from you as a couple and you should be in the best of health to deliver.
- Reproductive Health – If you or your partner suffer from any STDs, it is better to manage those before trying to get pregnant. Not only can reproductive diseases hamper your chances of getting pregnant, they can also negatively affect the baby’s growth during pregnancy.
- Frequency of Having Sex– For best results when trying to get pregnant, understand how your body functions and work around it. For women, during and around ovulation is the ideal time for try for a baby. So time your intercourse around this period and have frequent baby making sessions to boost your chances of getting pregnant.
- Lifestyle – Besides all other harmful effects, smoking and drinking also affect your baby making quotient. Couples who smoke, drink or consume drugs are usually more prone to infertility than others.
- Stress – Trying to conceive can be stressful on its own. But if it is coupled with other home or work related stress you might take a while to hit bull’s eye. Take it easy during this time and manage your stress positively to boost your chances of getting pregnant. In most cases, relaxing and enjoying trying for a baby is the best thing to do.
If you are aged 35 or under and have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months, you should contact your doctor. Your doctor will work on an appropriate plan to help you and your partner get pregnant. The doctor will evaluate your situation and help you make changes that will help increase the possibility of you getting pregnant.
If you are over 35, you should work with your doctor after you have been trying to get pregnant, unsuccessfully, for 6 months. The closer you get to your 40’s, the more support you are going to need from your doctors in order to help you achieve your dream of having a baby.