What Are the Odds of Conceiving and Having a Baby

on Aug 04, 2013

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Scientists used a number of factors to come up with the formula for the probability of conceiving. The formula takes into consideration a woman's age, her declining fertility, and the length of time she has been trying to get pregnant.

A Simple Formula?

Getting pregnant and having a baby is no easy task. There are so many different factors that come into play when you are talking about conception, from the mother’s age, to the father’s medical history, to ovulation, and lifestyle factors such as diet or smoking. The odds of getting pregnant and having a baby vary so greatly from woman to woman, it is a really hard thing to pin down. As most women already know, every woman’s odds are different. There are women who get pregnant the very first time they have sex, and there are women who try for years and years to conceive without any success. But now, scientists think they might have actually created a scientific formula for the odds of conceiving. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The Scientific Formula

Scientists used a number of factors to come up with the formula for the probability of conceiving. The formula takes into consideration a woman’s age, her declining fertility, and the length of time she has been trying to get pregnant. For example, a woman who is twenty five, who has been trying to get pregnant for three months has an 18 percent chance of getting pregnant in the next month. A woman who is twenty five, who has been trying for 36 months to conceive, only has a three percent chance of getting pregnant within the next menstrual cycle. A woman who is forty, and who has been trying to conceive for 36 months, only has a 0.5% chance of conceiving in the next menstrual period.

Is It Trustworthy?

Of course, every woman is different, every case is different, every family is different. There is no tried and true formula to determine how likely it is for a woman to get pregnant, but this formula is simply meant to be a guideline and give some general idea. The main point of the formula and the chart is to let couples know that they are really probably NOT as fertile as they thought. You also have to think about the fact that as a woman ages, the chances of her having pregnancy complications or having a baby with birth defects also gets higher.

Seek Treatment Sooner than Later

This is one of the reasons that it is really important that couples seek fertility treatment and get help before it’s too late. If you take a look at the chart, it can be really alarming to see how low the chance of getting pregnant in a given month actually is. Hopefully this new formula and evidence will spark interest in couples to seek medical advice about their fertility when it is needed.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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