Though if you are older than 35, then you should not wait for a year. Older age puts you at risk of fertility issues, thus it’s best to consult your doctor six months after you have been trying to conceive.
How long does it ideally take to get pregnant?
The duration it takes for a couple to get pregnant varies for each couple. For some, having unprotected sex just once is enough, for others, it might take up to several months. The sperm have quite a journey with several obstacles on their way to the egg. In some cases, the sperm and egg meet easily, in other cases, they never find each other.
Sperms can stay alive for 5 days once ejaculated into the womb. Thus, having unprotected sex a few days before you ovulate is the best way to ensure that there are sperm waiting when the egg gets released.
Averagely, most couples conceive within the first year of trying and almost all of them conceive within the first two years of trying. If you are taking long, it doesn’t mean you have fertility problems.
Some couples have high monthly fertility, which means they have a higher chance of getting pregnant within any given month. They are most likely to get pregnant quickly, within a few months. Other couples have low monthly fertility.
Your age does make a difference when it comes to getting pregnant. Women in their early 20s are at the peak of fertility and thus have a higher chance of getting pregnant. A woman’s fertility starts to decline from the mid-30s onwards. For men, fertility starts to decline post 40.
Existing issues like undescended testicles or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can also affect your chances of getting pregnant.
What can take it longer to get pregnant?
– If you have any reproductive problems
– Your age, diet, job and lifestyle
– If you are overweight or underweight
– If you have any chronic illness
– How frequently do you have sex