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How Long It Really Takes To Get Pregnant?

One study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, followed women who were trying to get pregnant by having sex at the time in their monthly cycle when they were believed to be most fertile. Of the 346 women in the study, 310 conceived in the first year. The breakdown was like this:

38 percent were pregnant after 1 month.

68 percent were pregnant after 3 months.

81 percent were pregnant after 6 months.

92 percent were pregnant after 12 months.

In their conclusion, the researchers wrote, “Most couples conceive within six cycles with timed intercourse.” After a year of trying without conceiving, experts say you should see a fertility specialist.

Not-so scientific data

We decided to take this (very excellent) question to moms and moms-to-be on The Bump Facebook page. (Keep in mind that these aren’t the most reliable results, seeing that if they’re our friends on Facebook, they’re more likely to have gotten pregnant, period. But at least it gives you a real-life example.) This is what they said:

34 percent of those who were trying were pregnant in the 1st month.

23 percent got pregnant in 1 to 3 months.

8 percent got pregnant in 3 to 6 months.

10 percent got pregnant in 6 to 12 months.

8 percent got pregnant in 1 to 2 years.

16 percent took more than 2 years to get pregnant.

1 percent tried but never conceived.

Reasons why

“With my son, we tried for seven months with no luck. I broke down and bought the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor, and it worked in the first month.” —

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