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When couples are trying to become pregnant, one of the first things they will consider is how long it will take them to become pregnant. Statistics show that 25% of these couples become pregnant within the first month. After this, an additional 60% of couples become pregnant in six months, 75% of couples become pregnant in nine months, 80% of couples become pregnant in 12 months and 90% become pregnant in 18 months.

1. Why are there Differences?

Many of the couples who become pregnant quickly rely on some techniques that help improve their ability to become pregnant. For example, they may be tracking their ovulation by using a basal thermometer or ovulating kit or they may be tracking their fertility cycle.

Many-of-the-couples-who-become-pregnant-quickly-rely-on-some-techniques-that-help-improve-their-ability-to-become-pregnantIt is also suggested that couples see a doctor before they begin trying to become pregnant because a doctor can help diagnose any issues that may prevent them from becoming pregnant in the first place. Typically, your doctor will prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you to begin taking that contains many of the nutrients that your baby will need throughout the pregnancy as well as nutrients that can help you become pregnant easier.

After this initial appointment, you will generally begin to try becoming pregnant naturally. If you have been trying for over a year become pregnant, it is suggested that you return to your doctor for further analysis. If you are over the age of 35 and have been trying for six months, it is suggested that you visit your doctor at this time.

2. Birth Control

Another issue that couples have when they are trying to become pregnant is in regards to their birth control. While most pills will exit the system quickly, some have been designed to stay in the system for a longer period of time. This may make it more difficult for women to become pregnant if their birth control is still in their system.

some-birth-control-pills-have-been-designed-to-stay-in-the-system-for-a-longer-period-of-timeIt is a good idea to discuss with your doctor the type of birth control that you are taking so that you can make adjustments well in advance if need be. Some prescriptions are intended to be effective for 3 to 6 months, and women who have been taking these types for an extended period of time may find that they stay in the system even longer than this time period.

3. How to Improve my Chances of Becoming Pregnant?

There are a number of ways that you can help yourself become pregnant faster simply by making a few changes to your normal lifestyle. One of the biggest issues that women face when they are trying to become pregnant is in regards to their weight. Before you are ready to conceive, it is a good idea to lose excess weight and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine.

One-of-the-biggest-issues-that-women-face-when-they-are-trying-to-become-pregnant-is-in-regards-to-their-weightYou should also avoid excess caffeine as well as other items that will negatively affect your lifestyle like alcohol and tobacco products. It is also important that you focus on your partner’s health as well because many things can affect the quality and quantity of his sperm and may prevent you from becoming pregnant.

There are also many supplements that you can take that will improve the overall health of your reproductive system and may make it easier for you to conceive. These items are all available over-the-counter at your local drugstore or online and have been used for many years when women are looking to become pregnant.

4. Conclusion

When you plan to become pregnant, it is important to realize that everyone is made differently and it may take you a different period of time to get pregnant than someone else. However, if you plan wisely and maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is a good chance that you will become pregnant faster than if you did not.

Also, by following the advice of your doctors, you will be able to improve your chances of becoming pregnant faster. It is for this reason that a preconception appointment is crucial when you’re looking to become pregnant quickly and you should plan this well in advance of the time that you are planning to become pregnant. By following these steps, you will be able to find yourself in the group of women who are able to become pregnant naturally and quickly.



Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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