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Are you trying to get pregnant? Sex matters. The more you do it, the higher your chance of getting pregnant.

Couples who have sex once a week may be quite happy if they are not trying for a baby, but these folks have only a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant during any one cycle. That figure jumps to 33 percent for couples who have sex every other day, and 37 percent for those who manage to get busy every single day. Why is there only a four percent difference between those who do the deed every other day and those who do it every day? Sperm can survive for quite a while up to seven days, but five or six days is more usual.

How long will it take you to conceive? A lucky 20 percent only needs one month. Seventy percent will manage to see a positive pregnancy test within six months, while 85 percent of those who are actively trying for a baby will conceive within a year. What happens to the rest? Infertility may be defined as the inability to conceive after one year of trying, but 90 percent will still get pregnant within 18 months, and a whopping 95 will conceive within two years. Not every couple who sees that positive test and is facing pregnancy signs actually tried to get pregnant.

Up to half of all pregnancies are unplanned. That is about the same number of pregnancies intended or not that ends in miscarriage, if you take very early pregnancies into account. Eighty percent of all miscarriages happen within the first trimester, or the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Low-risk pregnant women only have a three to four risk of pregnancy loss beyond that time.

Most women who suffer a miscarriage go on to have healthy pregnancies and babies. How many couples face infertility problems? In the United States, 6.7 women between the ages of 15 and 44 have impaired fertility, also known as subfertility or reduced fecundability. Fecundability refers to your odds of getting pregnant within a cycle. This number translates to 10.9 percent. One and a half million women who are married within that age group suffer from infertility, or the total inability to get pregnant naturally. This equals a round six percent.

Fertility treatments have been used by 7.4 million women in the United States. There are around two million yearly cases of male infertility within the US. IVF now makes it possible for women who are well into their seventh decade to get pregnant, often with the help of donor eggs. Still, couples who are hoping to conceive naturally should realize that they still have a much better chance in their younger years. Twenty percent of first-time moms in the US are 35. At 30, 75 percent of women will conceive within a year.

Only 66 percent will manage the same at age 35, while 44 percent of women who were trying to conceive at 40 will get pregnant within 12 months. Age matters. I'm sure I could dig up some interesting (though inevitably ambiguous) statistics about how childbearing affects income and promotion in the workplace. It is clear that having kids does negatively affect women's careers, statistically speaking. One other thing is also in plain sight women can build their careers in their late thirties, in their forties, and in their fifties. The same thing is not true for getting pregnant. If you want the best odds of making that happen, there is no time like the present.

Your age also impacts your chances of successfully undergoing IVF success obviously being measured by pregnancy and followed by a live birth (or more). Thirty percent of women aged 30 gets pregnant after trying IVF. That figure decreases to 24 at age 35, and drops to 17 percent at 40. The message is clear: human fertility naturally declines as women get older, and fertility treatments do not provide the magic answer. Now we've bombarded you with these top statistics about getting pregnant, we'll leave you to work that magic. Statistics do not tell us how much sooner a women gets pregnant if she uses an ovulation calendar, ovulation tests, or basal body temperature charts. It would be impossible to reach the right conclusion. Yet it is no secret that you need to have sex during your fertile window in order to get pregnant. Your diet and lifestyle also have a direct influence on your ability to get pregnant. While you are waiting for your positive pregnancy test, doing everything in your power to conceive as soon as possible will give you peace of mind.

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