While some women get pregnant faster than others, it’s not uncommon for it to take longer than expected. This is especially true if you or your partner are dealing with known or unknown fertility issues.
If you’re a healthy woman between age 25 and 35 you have about a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each cycle with regular unprotected sex. For women over 35, the probability of conceiving goes down steadily. For example, 40-year-old women have about an eight percent chance of getting pregnant each month, while 42-year-old women have about a two-to-four percent chance.
What is the average time it takes to get pregnant?
So, how long does it take to get pregnant? It really depends on a lot of factors, but here are some average statistics: Approximately 25 percent of women under the age of 35 (with no known fertility problems) will conceive within three months of regular intercourse. Fifty percent will get pregnant within six months, and 85 percent within 12 months.
If you are a woman under age 35 and have been trying to conceive for at least 12 consecutive months (or have irregular cycles), we recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible (six consecutive months for women over age 35).
How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant?
Here are some things you can do to tip the odds in your favor:
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
Carrying too much or too little weight can have an adverse effect on your hormones, which are responsible for ovulation.
- Eat Well and Exercise
Regular exercise and a healthy diet will increase your chances of conceiving.
- Practice Clean Living
Now is the perfect time to stop drinking and smoking. Not only will it be good for your overall health, but your fertility as well.
- Fertility Evaluation & Diagnosis
There are many factors that can affect male and female fertility. A comprehensive evaluation can help identify your condition and set you on a new path to achieve the family you so desire.
The reproductive endocrinologists at Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility are highly skilled and specialized in treating both male and female factor infertility. Contact us for skilled fertility evaluation & diagnosis in Columbus, Akron, Canton & Youngstown, Ohio.