Despite what we’ve been told as hormonal teenagers, it is sometimes hard to get pregnant. On average, 30% of couples will conceive within the first month of trying, 60% within three months, and 75% within six months. By one year, around 90% of couples have conceived, and by two years, 95% of couples will have successfully achieved pregnancy. However, these are averages and the time it takes to get pregnant is dependent on multiple factors.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately one in six people worldwide experience infertility. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected sex. This means that for many couples, the path to parenthood is challenging. If you’re also experiencing this, know that you are not alone.
Factors influencing fertility
Fertility isn’t just a female issue: as the male partner, your own reproductive health is equally important. There are several factors that can influence your ability to conceive and how long it takes to conceive:
- Age: Male fertility also declines with age, but not as rapidly as female fertility. Male fertility starts to decline in the late 40s, with up to a 23% annual decline in fertility beginning at age 39. For women, conception may get harder after age 35.
- Underlying health conditions: certain health conditions, such as varicocele, low sperm count or low motility, can hinder fertility. In women, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and thyroid disorders can affect the ability to ovulate regularly and to produce healthy eggs.
- Lifestyle habits: Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and an unhealthy weight can all negatively impact male fertility. Additionally, chronic stress can disrupt hormonal balance and affect reproductive health.
How to improve your chances of conception:
Adopt a healthy lifestyle
Make sure you are eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and enough sleep. Quit smoking and excessive drinking for a boost to your reproductive health and overall health. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation or exercise.
Ovulation monitoring kits can help you and your partner time intercourse around peak fertility, significantly increasing the chances of conception. Having regular, unprotected sex every 2 to 3 days also maximizes the opportunity for sperm to meet the egg.
Monitor your sperm health
The YO Sperm Test allows you to monitor your sperm quality over time in the comfort of your own home, allowing you to spot any fluctuations and giving you the information needed to make lifestyle tweaks to improve your sperm.
Seek medical help
If you have been trying to conceive for a year without success (six months, if your partner is over 35), or you have any underlying health conditions, it is advisable to consult a doctor or fertility specialist. The YO Sperm test records a video which you can share with your doctor. Early diagnosis and intervention can lead to quicker conception.
You’re not alone!
As we’ve noted earlier, many couples find it hard to get pregnant. With patience, understanding, and proactive steps to better health, you can increase your chances of conceiving.