How To Get Pregnant

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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  • 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..

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      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 :)

  • 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)

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      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!

  • 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?

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      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!

  • saba

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

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      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!

  • Lauren

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

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

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

  • Charlie

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

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      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.

  • 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.

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