A GUIDE TO FERTILITY

How many months can it take to get pregnant?

If a couple were trying to get pregnant it would be difficult to estimate how long it would take for the woman to get pregnant. Sometimes pregnancy happens quickly but it often takes a few months of trying.

Percentage of people who would get pregnant after 1 year of trying

Adapted from Evers, J. L. H. (2002). Female sub fertility. Lancet, 360, 151-159.

Graphic 2 shows the percentage of men and women having regular unprotected sexual intercourse without contraception who would get pregnant in 1 year, according to their fertility level. By ‘regular’ we mean having sexual intercourse two to three times per week (National Institute of Clinical Excellence, 2013). If the couple were fertile, 93% would get pregnant, but if they had a mild fertility problem only 46% would get pregnant. If the couple had serious fertility problems then very few would get pregnant, less than 11%. Examples of fertility problems would be sluggish but forward moving sperm, irregular menstrual periods or one or two blocked fallopian tube(s).

Graphic 2 also shows that even people with mild fertility problems can get pregnant. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than 1 year without success then you should talk to your doctor. If you’re over 35 or older or think that you or your partner might have a fertility problem then speak to your doctor after 6 months of trying without success.

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