If you have been trying for a few months and have still not fallen pregnant, you might be dejected. Take our word; you shouldn’t. Inability to conceive up to one year does not necessarily mean that you are infertile.
The time taken for a woman to get pregnant varies considerably. According to the figures, about 20-25% of couples fall pregnant naturally within the first month of trying. This group mainly comprises of younger couples those in the age group of 25-30 years. 60% of women conceive within 6 months of trying, and 95% of couples will definitely conceive within two years of trying. Only 5% of couples fail to get pregnant after two years of trying.
The so-called “pregnancy waiting period” is determined by various factors. Thus, if you are desperately looking forward to baby, you will have to understand these factors to boost your chances.
This is the first and most important factor. Fertility decreases rapidly with age and will increase the time it takes to get pregnant. For women below 35 years, the average time taken to conceive is 9 months. It is longer for a woman above 35 years.
If you have crossed 35 years and are trying to get pregnant, you should pay attention to your diet and fitness routine. Increase your intake of necessary vitamins and minerals. A medical checkup will also help.
Ovulation problems also tend to reduce a woman’s chances of pregnancy. Irregular periods and light periods are symptoms of ovulation problems. Anorexia Nervosa (eating disorder), low body weight, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, obesity, thyroid malfunction and overproduction of hormone Prolactin are factors that cause ovulation problems.
The only solution is to rectify the problems.
Low sperm count and low-quality sperms are another cause of delayed conception. The sperms producing cells in the testicles may not function correctly and thus produce few and low-quality sperm. Besides this, low diet, lack of exercise, stress, and lifestyle habits such as recreational drugs, smoking, and alcohol give rise to sperm problems.
In many cases, the female cervical mucus is not receptive to the male sperm. This condition is called “Hostile mucus”. Thus, the sperms cannot reach the womb and are killed before they can travel there. This condition requires medical intervention.
Blockage to the Fallopian Tubes
This factor also accounts for a certain percent of infertility cases in women. This is caused by Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
Diet and Lifestyle
The body needs different groups of nutrients and vitamins to carry out its functions effectively. However, our diet and lifestyle that we adopt today are not at all healthy. We eat junk food and drink carbonated drinks. We smoke and drink excessively.
If you’re trying to conceive, switch to a balanced, nutritious diet. Drink a lot of water. Cut back on smoking and alcohol.
Our sedentary lifestyles have also disrupted significant body functions. We do not get time to exercise. You should exercise daily for at least 30 minutes a day. Even if you do not have time to hit the gym and lift weights, you should exercise at home. It could include regular walks, jogs, a swimming session or cycling.
Stress is also one of the main culprits for a delayed pregnancy. It affects the reproductive cycles both in males and females.
Therefore if you’re trying to get pregnant, learn to manage stress effectively—practice yoga. Breathing exercises and meditation will also help de-stress.
So, make minor changes to your lifestyle and increase your odds of getting pregnant.