Friday, 27 November 2009

Trying for a baby

Trying to conceive

Trying for a baby can be a long and emotionally draining road for many couples. Whilst some women get pregnant at the drop of a hat, others can take months, or even years to get that thin blue line. Here, we look at fertility-boosting methods that can help you conceive, with some essential info on what you can do when a healthy lifestyle and regular sex simply isn't enough...

How long should it take to get pregnant?

There's no definite time scale for conception and whilst some women may get pregnant within a short space of time, others can take a lot longer with no real explanation why.

Overall, around 70% of couples will have conceived by 6 months, 85% by 12 months and 95% will be pregnant after 2 years of trying. Many other couples will take longer which could mean there is an underlying issue affecting conception or you simply need to have more sex! If you've been trying for at least a year without any joy, it might be time to see a fertility expert who can assess you both and confirm any problems that might be hindering your chances.

Does timing intercourse work?

Many of us believe that timing intercourse close to when we ovulate is a sure-fire way to produce a baby. The market is flooded with ovulation calculators and products designed to help you pinpoint the right time for sex and no doubt, there are many couples out there who will claim this method worked wonders for them. Realistically, there is no solid evidence to prove this theory works and whilst it might help some to feel ‘in control' of conception, experts generally agree that enjoying relaxed, healthy and regular sex (every two to three days) that's free of stress and complications can actually be a better formula for having a baby.

You can chat more about timing sex for conception in our trying to conceive forum or email us your stories here.

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