How Long Will it Take to get Pregnant?

If you’re trying for a baby, chances are, you’re worried it won’t happen for you. As each month passes, and another period comes, you’re probably becoming disheartened, but don’t worry because slow conception isn’t always an indication of fertility problems.

How long will it take to get pregnant?
If 100 women all started to actively try to get pregnant from today, the following averages would apply to conception:

  • 25% within the first month

  • 60% in six months

  • 75% in nine months

  • 80% in the first year

  • 90% within eighteen months

  • 95% within two years

It can take up to two years for a perfectly healthy couple to conceive, so try not to worry too much if you aren’t having any luck getting pregnant before then.

What can delay conception
There are a variety of factors that can delay conception, such as:

  • Your age – if you are 35 or over, you are more likely to suffer fertility problems, and this risk increases further once you reach 40.

  • Your partner’s age – although male fertility decreases later and more slowly than women’s, it could still be the cause of your delayed conception. Men aged 41 and over have an increased risk of fertility problems.

  • Diet, lifestyle and job – this applies to both you and your partner. Poor diets, unhealthy lifestyle and excessive work stress can all increase the risk of fertility problems. In simple terms, you need to take care of yourself to make a baby.

  • Chronic illness – if you suffer from chronic illnesses, you may be more likely to face problems trying to conceive. Speak to your GP if this applies to you.

It can take up to two years to conceive and not indicate any fertility problems. After one year of trying, you can go to see your GP to ask about your options, but they may simply send you away with the advice to keep trying. Depending on your age and fertility risk factors, they may agree to perform tests to determine if there are any fertility problems delayed pregnancy. If you are over 35, or have a history of polycystic ovaries, you should seek help before one year of trying.

In the meantime, try not to fret each month away. Enjoy your sex life, try to have sex every few days to maximise your chances of conceiving.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Health & Parenting Ltd disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. All contents copyright © Health & Parenting Ltd 2013. All rights reserved.

Fiona PeacockHow Long Will it Take to get Pregnant?

Comments 16

  1. Caroline Ahmed

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  2. marie boyden

    hi everyone i had been married since 3 and half years ago, since then i am trying to conceive. my age is 34 years now, my hormonal reports including FSH,LH,estrogen and thyriod function tests are normal, my diagnostic laproscopy is also normal and my husbands semen analysis is also normal. my serum prolactin levels are normal, but i have got breast tenderness and secretion after ovulation upto my periods. i have underwent three cycles of IUI without any success. now i am worried what to do? please give me possible reasons for this delay and what should be the future course of action. how can i have a baby for my husband that was my question. so a friend introduce me to this native iya basira so i contacted her, after using her herbs she sent, to my believe i was tested pregnant, it was an amazing miracle. when i showed my husband the result i could see the joy in his eyes, thank iya basira once again for your help, may the lord continue to bless you for the fertility help you are giving we women in need, this is her email contact, for you guys that need her help, she is a wonderful mother.

  3. Brittany

    The best advice I was given when trying to conceive was not to stress over it. The month I finally gave up two weeks later positive test. When u finally stop trying is when it happens. Stress can delay ovulation. Good luck to you all it took me around four months don’t give up

  4. lucya

    I have PCOS (polycistic ovaries syndrome) my fertility is bad anyways, with out even aging, although my doctor says I should be fertile so im hopeful 🙂

  5. Vally

    As per the above article, 95% of the couple are pregnant within 2 years max.
    If you can, just relax, no stress at work, vitamines (folic acid) and don’t forget that the most important thing for you two is to be together! ❤️
    I wish you all the best!

  6. Michael-Kristin


    Thanks for your feedback. We will stay focus on the enjoyment of making love and if we are blessed with a child we will be blessed. Thanks

  7. Vally

    It took us 14 months. I am 38 and he is 43.
    Every month I was disappointed and it was hard for me to think that every body could make children but us. I felt so old.. It’s true I am someone very impatient, my husband was cool… After 7 months when I met with my gyn she told me we should study my cycle and alalyse the sperm.. It was somehow complicated. To make the story short, we travel a lot and meeting with my gyn before, during and after ovulation was complicated… My husband was supposed to be there as well and we were supposed to make love at precise days and hours… Also ejaculating in a plastic box for the analyses was just not “us”. (No offens to the couples who did it and went through those experiences..) I just made 1 check pre ovulation and everything was looking ok… After 13 months we said “and if finally we don’t have a child, how would be our life?” The answer was: “very fine too” We love each other, we like traveling, going out, we will spend money for our shopping, sleeping on week-ends, etc… And I accepted the fact in my hart that we probably won’t have a family.. I gave up but with love… The next month I was pregnant! (I suspect this was a strategy from my husband for me to let it be…)
    FYI, I also met with my osteopath the same month to place my organs correctly and I really felt much better the minute I went out of the appointment… Good luck to all of you.

  8. Michael-Kristin

    So Kristin is 38 and I’m 47. A little help would be appreciated. What can we do to improve our chances for a pregnancy ? Thanks and God bless

  9. Abbey

    I have stage 4 endometriosis and poly cystic overies. At 24 I was told if I wanted children I needed to start trying luckily I’d been with my husband for 5 years by then. After 3 years and two operations we still hadn’t got pregnant. We went for fertility consultations and were told my husband was fine but I would never conceive naturally. So we went on the IVF waiting list. 3 weeks later we conceived naturally. We’ve now got a gorgeous two year old and another on the way. I will never forget the pain if trying and everywhere I went I saw babies or people who seemingly didn’t care for their children. It’s heartbreaking. I am so grateful for what I have and wish all of you trying the best of luck (and btw my fertility consultant said don’t waste money on kits and ovulation tests he said a quiet night in with a glass if wine (I don’t drink) is just as good and more enjoyable!)

  10. Adrian

    I have been trying with my husband for a few months and every single month it gets harder to deal with the lack of pregnancy. I have an anxiety disorder which makes it all the harder to stay calm with. My doctor told me that is a when rather than an if and that I should have no trouble yet here we are still trying. We are hoping for a positive this time because each time it’s negative I want to smack a promiscuous pregnant chick.

  11. Sarahm

    Hi Amy.

    Thank you for the congrats. It has been a very emotionally trying few years. The hubs and I have been together since I was 17. So 13 years. We just thought it would be easy. It seemed to be for everyone else.

    As per diagnosis. Turns out I have a extremely tilted uterus and apparently that is somewhat normal for someone as tall as I am. I am 6’1. I have been getting colposcopies every 6 months for the last couple years (abnormal cells) and my ob never told me. My hubs also has about 5% of normal sperm count. So I guess the stars aligned. We feel very blessed at this time. And this blog has been so helpful.

  12. Mini me

    It took us about three months to get pregnant. I was 28 and my fiancé was 37 ( he is a smoker) and I was on pills for couple of years before we decided we want to have a baby. I was really scared we won’t be able to have one at all or it’s going to take us ages… It was a massive surprise when I took the test 🙂

  13. Sarahm

    Took my hubby and I almost 3 years. We are both healthy, active, non smoking, non drinkers. I am now 30 and the hubs is 33. But we started trying when I was 27 and him 30. We read all the books, did ovulation strips, basal thermometer, tried it all. Every suggestion someone had, we tried. We finally decided to go to the fert clinic. We did all the appts, and they told us that it would be “highly unlikely you can ever get pregnant naturally” and so we decided to wait another year before doing any fert treatment. Well we got pregnant the next day. To us it’s a miracle. Patience is a virtue. Some things can’t be explained by science.

  14. Amy

    Buy the book “Taking Charge of your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. It will help you to understand and predict ovulation, so you can conceive faster. The ovulation prediction strips available on Amazon are affordable and will give you the 24 hour window of ovulation. Good luck to you all!.