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Normal fertility is usually defined as ability for couple to conceive within two years. Most couples (80%) will experience pregnancy within the first 12 months of trying, although for some couples it may take up to 18 months.

Normal fertility is usually defined as ability for couple to conceive within two years. Most couples (80%) will experience pregnancy within the first 12 months of trying, although for some couples it may take up to 18 months. Just 25% of couples actively trying to conceive will become pregnant in the first cycle.

If a couple is trying to get pregnant for more than a year without success, they could be considered subfertile, being advised to seek help from practitioner. Most practitioners will not intervene unless it has been more than 12 months since the couple actively began trying to conceive. Also, most specialists will take age of future parents into consideration first.

For example, a 35 year old woman who hasn t conceived after one year has 10% chance of conceiving in following year, while 40 year old woman has only 5% of chance of becoming pregnant.

Besides age, infertility is another common cause of conceiving problems that affects about 1.2 million people in the US, or about 2% of the population.

In couples that are experiencing difficulty trying to conceive, the problem lies equally with both the man and the women. There are various causes of infertility and while some remain unknown, others are linked with certain health problems in both partners. However, even if couple s reproductive health is excellent, the average chance for a woman to get pregnant each time she has intercourse is about 20%.

There are few steps that couples should follow trying to conceive 

Having regular sex is the best way to get pregnant. It s true that sex out of time of ovulation will not result in pregnancy, but couples should have sex at least three times a week because women do not always ovulate when they think they will.

More sex will increase a chance of having intercourse within ovulation period, thus increase a chance of getting pregnant. Also, having sex two to three days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant, because egg will survive approximately 24 hours, while sperm lives up to 3 to 5 days. That s why you shouldn t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex.

Choose the best positions for conceiving 

The missionary position is ideal when trying to get pregnant. Avoid positions where the woman is on top, because the gravity will work against sperm trying to reach the egg. Placing a pillow under your hips might be of great help too. Some specialists suggest that woman shouldn t get up right after sex. Usually when couples are trying to conceive, sex becomes just a function of reproduction and is not as enjoyable. You should avoid that.

Don't stress 

You should still enjoy sex as much as possible, because the more relaxed you are, the bigger chances are for getting pregnant. Sexual arousal and orgasm, especially female s, help sperm move easier toward the fallopian tubes, and similar contractions happen around the time of ovulation. So, you should plan a romantic evening or spice the things up more often.

Worst things that could happen when partners are trying to get pregnant are frustration and pressure. Waiting to get pregnant for months could be stressful and could worsen the chances anyway. Questioning yourself when you ll get pregnant and what are your chances isn t productive. Pressure that couples put on themselves only decrease their chances to conceive successfully. Different people need more or less time to get pregnant. 90% of couples need between 12 and 18 months to conceive successfully. So you should be relaxed and patient. However, if you have not gotten pregnant within a year, you should consult your doctor for advice.

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