How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

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Pregnancy Statistics:
How Long It Takes On Average To Fall Pregnant

The majority of couples trying for a baby become pregnant within the first 3 months. It may take a little longer if you are older, have habits which interfere with fertility like drinking too much or smoking, of if you have a condition which affects fertility like endometriosis implants or polycystic ovary syndrome. If you are taking the contraceptive birth pill, you may also experience a very slight delay (see, how long does it take to get pregnant after stopping the pill?). The following is an average timeline it takes for couples to get pregnant, as long as they have regular sexual intercourse (2 to 3 times a week) without contraception:

30 percent become pregnant within 1 month.
60 percent within 3 months.
80 percent within 6 months.
85 percent within 1 year.
90 percent get pregnant within 3 years.
93 to 95 percent within 4 years.

When To Talk To A Doctor

If you have been trying for a baby for over 12 months without success (including on your most fertile days) it may be worth talking to a doctor. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine if you are aged between 20 and 30 you should talk to a doctor or fertility specialist after 12 to 18 months. If you are aged 30 to 35 you should do so after 12 months. If you are over 35, don't waste precious biological clock time. You should see a specialist after 6 months if you have not fallen pregnant. The good news is, about 90 percent of couples manage to conceive naturally, with the remaining 10 percent seeking infertility treatment. The official diagnosis of 'infertility' means you have tried for 1 to 2 years without success. If you would like to know more about fertility testing, see also:
How does a doctor test for infertility in women?
How does a doctor test for infertility in men?

If you do go down the route of IVF, the success rates are quite good. With each IVF cycle the pregnancy rate is about 30 percent. If it is not successful there is still egg donation, sperm donation, surrogacy and adoption to consider.


If you would like to improve your chances of becoming pregnant faster, consider trying acupuncture (particularly if you suffer from PCOS). Numerous studies show that acupuncture has a positive effect on regulating irregular periods and improving the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Acupuncture affects the levels of B-endorphins in the body which in turn impact on levels of GnRH, FSH (follicle stimulating hormones) and LH hormone levels (all important for creating a fertile-friendly environment in the body). If you do have PCOS, take a peep at our article, natural treatment for PCOS as well as how long does it take to get pregnant with PCOS?

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