Are you planning to get pregnant? Wondering how long it takes to get pregnant? You’ve come to the right place. While it is almost impossible for anyone to say how long it will take for you to get pregnant after having sex, we can give you a general overview from experts on how long it typically takes couples to get pregnant and also as a bonus point, give you tips on how to speed things up
How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant
It can take up to six days after intercourse for the sperm and egg to join and form a fertilized egg. Then, it can take six to 10 days for the fertilized egg to completely implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins during implantation when the hormones needed to support pregnancy are released. While it has been found that most couples get pregnant within three months of trying, your timeline could be different depending on a couple of factors which include your age, if you have certain habit that inhibits pregnancy(like smoking), or have a condition that impairs fertility.
Of all couples trying to conceive:
- 30 percent get pregnant within the first cycle (about one month).
- 60 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).
- 93 to 95 percent get pregnant within 48 cycles (about four years).
Although you can conceive on your own if you keep trying, you are advised to seek profesional help if you and your partner have been trying for a year without success so as not to waste valuable time especially if maybe you or your partner has an underlying fertility problem. Being diagnosed with infertility at 35 years or older simply means you have been trying to get pregnant for a year or more without success
How does age affect pregnancy rates?
A female’s fertility rate unlike the male starts to decline from about 86% success rate in her early 20s to about 63% success rate from her early 30s to close to 0% by age 45 mainly due to the fact that the quality of her eggs start to decline with age making it difficult for a large number of eggs to successfully join with a viable sperm and develop into a healthy baby.
Can my age affect my chances of getting pregnant?
The quality of the eggs required to meet with a sperm declines with age, and so the older you get, the longer it may take for you to get pregnant. The statistics of that after about a year of trying, about 80% of fertile women in their early 20s will get pregnant. This rate drops to about 60% among healthy, fertile women in their 30s and by age 45, close to 0% of women are able to get pregnant naturally.
Can I get pregnant faster?
Yes you can! The first step would be knowing when you ovulate as you can only get pregnant when you ovulate. Here are a few ways to know when you’ll ovulate
The next step would be to plan sex with ovulation. This is especially important as you have a higher chance of getting pregnant faster if sex happens two days before ovulation and on the day you ovulate as the eggs gets a chance to get fertilized with the sperm that is already waiting
In one study, the pregnancy rates of couples who timed intercourse with ovulation were higher than typically seen among couples trying to conceive:
38 percent were pregnant after one cycle (up from 30 percent).
- 68 percent were pregnant after three cycles (up from 60 percent).
- 81 percent were pregnant after six cycles (up from 80 percent).
- 92 percent were pregnant after 12 cycles (up from 91 percent).
Other important steps to getting pregnant faster would be to prepare the body for pregnancy, give up harmful habits that could be slowing or impeding your chances like smoking, drinking of coffee, illicit drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol and other lifestyle choices. Learn which nutrients your body needs for pregnancy and stock up on them. Schedule a preconception checkup with a specialist too.