Beyond the well-known basics of getting pregnant — that is, when a sperm fertilizes the egg and creates a baby — there’s a lot more to conceiving than people are often aware of. That means that how long it takes to get pregnant can vary greatly from person to person.
Once you’ve decided you’re ready to have a baby, it’s natural to start wondering how you can get pregnant quickly, but it’s important to note that it can take a bit of time. While getting pregnant may be easy for some couples, for others, the process can be a lot more difficult, and that’s totally normal. As a general indicator, recent research suggested the following timelines for couples under 35:
- 45% of couples will conceive after three cycles of unprotected sex.
- 65% of all couples will conceive after six cycles of unprotected sex.
- 85% of all couples will conceive within their first year of having regular unprotected sex.
With that in mind, it always helps to be prepared to try to conceive as best you can. Want to hear some genuinely useful tips? We spoke to Dr. Jenna Flanagan, obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN), US, to create this must-read guide about the actions you can take to hopefully help to increase your fertility and improve your chances of pregnancy.
Ready to get started? Let’s take a look at some tips to help you on your journey.