How long does it take to get pregnant? Is among the very first question a married couple ask when they try to conceive.A simple question with a not so simple answer. There are number of factors in play while trying to conceive,medical condition,age,sperm count and etc. Apart from these the couple has to be physicaly and mentally healthy. Here are some general statistic that will give you some idea how long it takes to get pregnant:
- 30 percent get pregnant the first cycle (about one month)
- 59 percent get pregnant within three cycles (about three months)
- 80 percent get pregnant within six cycles (about six months)
- 85 percent get pregnant within 12 cycles (about one year)
- 91 percent get pregnant within 36 cycles (about three years)
- 93 to 95 percent get pregnant within 48 cycles (about four years)
Even if two couples are of the same age the chances of conceiving will be different incase of both the couples.The question is why?There are five major factors that affects a couples chances of getting pregnant.
It is the process in a female’s menstrual cycle by which a mature ovarian follicle ruptures and discharges an ovum. Ovulation has to be regular cyclic. The ovum is usually released on the 14th day of the cycle and it lives for 12-24hrs.The female must conceive within this small window.
The older the woman is, the longer it takes to get pregnant.
Experts say there is no right time to start a family. But there are advantages and disadvantages giving birth at different ages. In couple age the females is more important unlike men females will stop producing germ cells when they hit 45-50.20-30 are the most fertile years periods are regular and most of the women are ovulatory at this age and the body is most energetic. After 30 female metabolism slows down and are prone to diseases like gestational diabetes and infections.
Sperm count refers to the amount of sperm per milliter of semen collected. The amount of semen per ejaculation can vary quite a bit. Anywhere from less than a milliter to 6 to 7 milliters is considered normal. The test will then look at how many sperm are actually in the semen. Anywhere from 20million per milliter to 150 milliter is considered normal. With an abnormal count (that is, below 20 million/cc) your chances getting pregnant are quite low.
Potency of fallopian tubes
Fallopian tube must be open and working well to get preganent. Tubal damage is one of the most common causes of infertility accounting for fifteen to twenty-five percent of all infertility cases. The term tubal damage is used to describe a number of problems found within the fallopian tubes.
Timing of intercourse
As mentioned above the the ovum is released 14 days into the cycle and lives for 12-24hrs but the sperm can live in female body for 5 days therefore is it best to start intercourse on the 7th day into the cycle(menstrual cycle) till menstruation starts.
You must have got an rough idea of how long it takes to get pregnant. Even if all the above factors are ok then the chances to conceive is 25-30%.It also important to avoid drugs,smoking and drnking they tend to reduce sperm count and result in irregular menstruation in females.These are some factors to keep in mind to get pregnent.