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Average time it takes to conceive


Falling pregnant is a bit like playing the Lottery: you have to get lucky! You can’t get pregnant on demand immediately when you start trying for a baby.

How long does it take?
If you're having regular intercourse at the "right" moments (if you have regular menstrual cycles, you should aim to make love between the fourth and fifteenth day after the end of your period), then you can expect to wait an average 8 months before falling pregnant.

During your cycle, if you make love without contraception at exactly the right moment, you have between a 1 in 4 and a 1 in 6 chance of falling pregnant, so a 15-20% success rate. So persevere - and make love regularly!

If you know of reasons that could cause you to experience problems (if, for example, one of you has had a sexually transmitted illness in the past or if someone in your family has had fertility problems), then you should see a doctor just in case, rather than face a fruitless wait.

Similarly, if you're over 38, see your doctor if you're trying to conceive.


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