You’re finally ready. You’ve done the college thing, you’ve done the career thing, and now you’re ready to do the mom thing.
And then you wait.
Doesn’t it seem like pregnancy should happen the minute you decide you’re ready?
After all, you have spent all this time hearing about how you NEED contraception, because pregnancy is a risk anytime you have sex (or so it seems). So it’s easy to think planned pregnancies happen effortlessly.
How long does it really take?
Each woman is different and each couple is different. Some conceive almost immediately, others take a little longer, but the vast majority will be able to conceive naturally.
Most women – about 70% - will be pregnant after three months of trying. After a year, most couples will conceive. And even after two years, an additional number of couples will conceive so that about 95% of all women trying to get pregnant will conceive naturally.
Of course, you shouldn’t wait two years to talk to your doc. Generally speaking, if you’re not pregnant after six months of trying, you – and your partner (men are 50% of the equation after all!) should see your respective doctors for a fertility evaluation.
A few couples will need medical assistance and, rarely, a couple will not be able to conceive at all.
The Age Factor
It’s well known that the older you get, the less fertile you become. But while you hear that 35 is a milestone age when fertility really starts taking a dive, in truth, 95% of 35-year-olds can conceive naturally. At age 40 about 83% of women can get pregnant naturally - still a large majority!
It may take more cycles and more concentrated sex during fertile days, but trying to get pregnant at an “advanced maternal age” is not as bleak as you may have thought. Again, each woman – and each man – is different, so if you are older and trying to conceive (TTC for those of you are already in it and know the lingo) and not pregnant after 3-6 months, a fertility evaluation is probably a good idea.
What if I just got off the pill?
Since the pill suppresses ovulation, your body needs a little time to get back into the swing of things.
Your system clears hormones from the pill in just a few days, but your body needs time to adjust hormone levels on its own to develop follicles, allow eggs to mature and to generate fertile mucus again. As long as you are otherwise healthy, you can start trying to conceive one or two cycles after going off the pill.
I’ve been waiting forever. Now what?
If it’s been six months or more, keep working on it, but consult your doctor so you can rule out any fertility or health issues. And at this point, targeted intercourse is a good idea. The Dot app can help you know when your when you have the best chance of getting pregnant during your cycle so you can get it on with your partner.
Can I speed up TTC?
I mean, sure, you can google old wives tales about how to get pregnant faster, but when it really comes down to it, it’s your biology, your lifestyle, and timing intercourse for days when you are potentially fertile that can make a difference. Be consistent about frequent sex. Have intercourse 2-3 days per week, or better, every other day (or even every day!) during your fertile window. Prepare your body for pregnancy and motherhood by maintaining a healthy lifestyle (you know the drill - eat right, exercise, get 7-8 hours of sleep, keep stress low), and chances are good that you’ll be welcoming that little bundle before you know it!
For more details about Time to Pregnancy and Getting Pregnant Fast, check out our webinar with fertility researcher, Dr. Richard Fehring.
Want to know your fertile days? Download Dot today!
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