How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

No one can say exactly how long it’ll take you to get pregnant, but we can tell you how long it typically takes couples to conceive.


Pregnancy doesn’t start the day you have sex with your partner. It can take up to three days after intercourse for the sperm to fertilize the egg.


Then, it can take 6 to 10 days for the fertilized egg to completely implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins during implantation when the hormones needed to support pregnancy are released.


The only way to ensure a pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test. Pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone called the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG).


HCG is the hormone that supports pregnancy and starts being released when the fertilized egg implants itself and pregnancy begins.


Most couples get pregnant within three months after they start trying. Your own timeline could be longer if you’re older, have certain fertility-unfriendly habits (like smoking), or have a condition that impairs fertility. Of all couples trying to conceive;


30% get pregnant within the first cycle (about one month).

60% get pregnant within three cycles (about three months).

80% get pregnant within six cycles (about six months).

85% get pregnant within 12 cycles (about one year).

91% get pregnant within 36 cycles (about three years).

93 to 95% get pregnant within 48 cycles (about four years).


Statistics from The National Center for Biotechnology Information. 


If you try for a year without success, it’s smart to seek help from a fertility specialist. If you keep trying, you might conceive on your own, but it’s best to find out early if you have an underlying fertility problem so you don’t waste valuable time.

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