The Comforting Truth about Falling Pregnant

Most women are able to fall pregnant within twelve months of trying to conceive. Since stress is a factor that can affect hormones and the ability to form pregnant, you'll do yourself a favor if you expect that it will take at least twelve months to conceive.

Knowledge is your friend when it comes to falling pregnant. These statistics tell a comforting story:

  • Only twenty five percent of couples who are actively trying to have a baby will conceive during the first cycle.
  • Sixty percent of couples fall pregnant within the first six month of attempting to conceive.
  • Seventy five percent of couples will conceive a child within the nine months of trying to fall pregnant.
  • Ninety percent of couples who wish to conceive will do so within eighteen months.

So if you haven't fallen pregnant yet, don't despair. The statistics are still on your side.

However, age is a factor that can influence which category a woman will fall into. As one might expect, the younger one is, the greater the likelihood of falling pregnant in the least time. According to statistics, the chances of conceiving in any single month based on age are:

  • Up to twenty five percent of women in their early twenties conceive.
  • Up to fifteen percent of women in their late twenties and early thirties conceive.
  • Up to ten percent of women in their late thirties conceive.

Age is not the only factor that influences how long it takes to fall pregnant. The general health of both partners and in particular their reproductive health have a huge impact. For example, if you are either under-weight or over-weight you may find it difficult to fall pregnant. Therefore, if you wish to conceive it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and where necessary add nutritional supplements. If you have lived an unhealthy lifestyle for some time, it will take some time to reverse the consequences and begin to become healthy. It is in the best interests of your future children for you to take the time to become healthy. The healthier you are and the more balanced your hormones, the more likely you are to conceive and provided you are having intercourse regularly, the quicker it is likely to occur.

Are you taking medications? Do you know the side effects as well as the therapeutic effects of the medications on your body? Pharmaceutical medications are chemicals that can have a number of effects on the body which are unrelated to the reason for taking them. If you want to fall pregnant, make sure you tell your doctor and ask him/her to review all medication for their effects on conception.

Have you recently stopped taking hormonal birth control pills? If you have been taking the pill or similar medication to prevent pregnancy, just ceasing the medication will not necessarily undo its effects on your body. Some women find it hard to regain normal fertility and fall pregnant after coming off such drugs. If this applies to you, you may need to allow extra time for normal body function to be restored.

Stress is probably the most significant factor influencing a woman's ability to fall pregnant. Stress plays havoc with hormones and ovulation and can actually stop ovulation altogether. Dealing with stress is therefore essential if you want to conceive as easily as possible.

Finally, the frequency with which you have intercourse will naturally affect how long it takes for you to fall pregnant. Experts indicate that if a healthy couple has intercourse two or three times a week, there is an excellent chance they will conceive a baby within eighteen months.

And ladies, don't let your partners wear tight fitting underwear! This might sound like a joke, but it's not. Tight fitting underwear can cause overheating of the testicles and kill sperm, so if you are seriously trying to fall pregnant encourage him to wear boxer shorts for a little while.

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