Could you have a fertility problem?

If you are trying to conceive, you may be wondering how long it should take to get pregnant and how long you should wait before you get concerned about your fertility.

Unfortunately, there's no way to tell exactly how long it should take you to get pregnant. This varies from couple to couple, and depends on your age, your health, the type of birth control you were using before trying to conceive, and the timing of when you have intercourse.

In general, the chances of getting pregnant (after regular, unprotected intercourse) are:

  • 30% in the first month
  • 60% within about 3 months
  • 80% within about 6 months
  • 85% within about 1 year
  • 91% within about 3 years

So how do you know when it might be time to worry? The main sign of infertility is an inability to get pregnant after 12 months of regular, unprotected intercourse (or 6 months for women 35 and over). However, you may wish to consult a doctor earlier if you have concerns about your fertility, especially if you or your partner may have any factors that could put you at risk of infertility (see "What is infertility and why does it happen?" to learn more).

To learn more about when to see a doctor and how to prepare for your visit, see "Seeking help for infertility."

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