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What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant?
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2022-06-29

What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant?

If you are planning on expanding your family, you may be curious to know what your chances of success will be, or what you can do to increase the chances of getting pregnant. This is why we have put together this guide on the days and circumstances that give you the best chances of getting pregnant so that you can recognise the best time to start trying for a baby.

What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant?

According to the NHS, around 84% of couples will get pregnant within a year if they have regular, unprotected sex. This will, however, depend on the ages of the partners involved, as age is one of the most relevant factors in determining fertility. It has been suggested by one particular study that:

  • 92% of couples aged between 19 and 26 will conceive after a year of trying, increasing to 98% after 2 years of trying
  • 82% of couples aged between 35 and 39 will conceive after a year of trying, increasing to 90% after 2 years of trying

Certain other factors will also play a role in a couple’s chances of getting pregnant, including their environment, lifestyle, and overall health. For more on the causes of infertility and factors that may be preventing you from getting pregnant, please see our advice page.

The Chances of Getting Pregnant on Your First Time Trying

Studies have shown that people are more likely to get pregnant the longer they try. As part of this, the research has suggested that you have somewhere between a 15% and 30% chance of getting pregnant the first time trying, or within the first month. This then increases to around 75% after 6 months, and 90% after a year.

The Chances of Getting Pregnant on Your Ovulation Day

As ovulation counts as part of a person’s fertile window, the chances of getting pregnant on “ovulation day” are extremely high. This is especially true if you have had sex in the days leading up to this time, as sperm can live for between 5 and 7 days in the female reproductive tract. So, if you have unprotected sex and an egg is released in the days after this, the chances of pregnancy occurring are much higher. 

An egg will only live for up to 24 hours after it has been released from an ovary, but if there is sperm already present in your system the chances of conceiving will dramatically increase. This is why it is so highly recommended that people trying for a baby aim to have sex in those fertile days that take place before ovulation, as these days offer the best chance of success.

According to Your Fertility, if a person has sex on their ovulation day, or has had sex in the two days leading up to this time, their chances of getting pregnant are around 30%. These are the average figures, as the overall number will depend on the person’s age.

The Chances of Getting Pregnant While On Your Period

The chances of getting pregnant while on your period are, in most cases, extremely low. A person’s fertile window will normally be the days before ovulation, which can happen anywhere between 10 and 16 days before their next period starts. 

Though this makes the chances of getting pregnant while on your period low, it does not make them nonexistent. Sperm may still be present in your reproductive tract if you have unprotected sex in the time leading up to ovulation and have a shorter menstrual cycle, so there is a chance that your ovaries will release an egg while there is still sperm in your system. 

The Chances of Getting Pregnant the First Month Off Birth Control

There are several misconceptions about how long it can take for you to get pregnant after being on birth control. This is because many people experience irregular periods for a few months before their cycles return to normal. 

While it’s true that it can take time for your cycle to return to normal after you’ve been taking oral contraceptives, this doesn’t always mean that you are not ovulating. You may get pregnant in your first month off birth control. In a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and shared by LloydsPharmacy, it has been suggested that around 40% of people who have just come off birth control will have a period or manage to get pregnant in the first month.

It is also important to note that the NHS advises you not to try to get pregnant for several months after you have come off birth control. This is because the first “period” you will experience after this is a withdrawal bleed, and it isn’t until the second period has passed that you will go back to experiencing a normal period. Letting these pass allows your body to return to its usual cycle and gives you time to prepare for becoming pregnant, including implementing any necessary lifestyle changes.

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

For many, the chances of getting pregnant are unfortunately slim. However, this doesn’t have to be the case forever. There are many easy things both men and women can do that may help to increase their chances of conceiving. Generally, these will even be things that doctors recommend you do anyway, such as:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Get moderate but regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Moderate alcohol consumption or even avoid it entirely
  • Reduce factors in life that cause you to stress
  • Stop smoking if you smoke
  • Stop using recreational drugs, if this applies

If you would like to learn more about how to increase your chances of getting pregnant by increasing your fertility, please take a look at our advice on the subject.

Book a Consultation with a Specialist

If you know you are ready to start expanding your family but feel you may need some help getting there, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly team will be ready to answer any questions you may have and can book you in for a free, 30-minute mini consultation with a discreet and understanding fertility specialist as soon as you get in touch.

After your initial assessment has been carried out, our specialist can provide you with advice on lifestyle changes that may aid your fertility potential. They can also suggest a range of professional tests, investigations, and assessments that can help to establish a diagnosis, or recommend treatments to help you achieve the pregnancy you want through our private clinic.

With our team by your side, you could soon be taking the first step on the way to parenthood.

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