Factors that Affect How Long it Takes to Get Pregnant

on Jul 30, 2013

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Many times, it can take a really long time to get pregnant, and most women don't take that into consideration when they are thinking about their future. Want to know some of the most common factors that affect how long it takes to get pregnant?

When we think about getting pregnant, most of us don’t really take the time to think too deeply into it. When you’re ready, you just “try,” and then it happens, right? Not right. Not always. Many times, it can take a really long time to get pregnant, and most women don’t take that into consideration when they are thinking about their future. Want to know some of the most common factors that affect how long it takes to get pregnant? Read on to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Your Age

Age is probably the single most important factor when it comes to fertility. By the time a woman reaches 35, almost all of her eggs are already gone, and getting pregnant can take a long time. By the time a woman reaches 40, it is unlikely that she will ever become pregnant without medical help. Most women think they can get pregnant easily long after they actually can, so making plans to try to start a family well before you hit that age 35 benchmark can be a really huge step to help you get pregnant more quickly.

General Health

A woman’s general health is also a huge factor in the amount of time it will take for her to get pregnant. Healthy women get pregnant faster, it’s just a fact. Being in good shape, eating a healthy diet, keeping stress at bay and taking care of your general health and overall well being can really help you to get pregnant faster. This is especially true if you are overweight. Losing weight can really help you to get pregnant faster, if you are overweight to begin with.

How Often You Have Sex

Of course, sex is an important part of conception, and without sex, there would be no babies! Having frequent sex increases your chances of getting pregnant faster, however, you have to be having that sex at the right time of the month. Tracking your ovulation and knowing when your fertile days of the month are will really help you to get pregnant faster than just having sex randomly during the month.

Lifestyle Choices

Making poor lifestyle choices can make it harder to get pregnant, and can make getting pregnant take even longer. This also goes for the male partner too, not just the woman. Using tobacco, drugs, or alcohol can make conceiving harder, and it is likely that it will add considerable time to your quest to get pregnant. Avoid poor lifestyle choices while you are trying to conceive in order to get pregnant quickly.

Your Medical History

Couples who have a history of medical problems can sometimes be faced with a more difficult time of getting pregnant than other couples. If you have had health issues in the past, they might make it more difficult to get pregnant. If you have previously undergone certain medical treatments such as chemotherapy, that can make it much harder to conceive. Same thing for STD’s or other diseases and illnesses. These things can make getting pregnant much more difficult and also take more time.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • amy

    I have been trying to get pregnant for 2y now But nothing my husband has a kine poml What Can i Do

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  • emy

    same to me am tired of trying now

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