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    So, how long does it take to get pregnant?

    Updated 24 February 2023 |
    Published 17 April 2019
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    Medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Boyle, Obstetrician and gynecologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts, US
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    Getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as they make it out to be in sex ed. Here, an OB-GYN explains how many months it typically takes to conceive and the factors that can play a role.

    It can be an exciting time when a couple decides they’re ready to “start trying” for a baby. But the truth is, those of us who aren’t medical experts don’t always know what to expect. So, how long should it take to conceive? 

    We all know of couples who seem to conceive the moment they decide they’re ready, while others take several months of unprotected sex to get pregnant and may experience complications along the way. 

    Various factors can play a role in how long it takes to get pregnant, from your age to your partner’s sperm quality and the contraceptive method you were using previously. Here, Dr. Cynthia DeTata, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, California, US, shares everything you need to know about how long it should typically take to conceive.