How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?
Posted on 03/12/2018
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GettyImages-883957938From women faced with a possible unplanned pregnancy to those who are trying to conceive for the first time, the amount of time that it takes to get pregnant is always a common topic for questions here at Doylestown Women’s Health Center. Unfortunately, even experts can’t pinpoint the exact amount of time that it takes to get pregnant since there are many different factors that can influence conception, there are general time frames that most pregnancies follow along with. Below is more information on the amount of time it takes to get pregnant, and how long it takes the average couple to conceive.

The Fertilization Process

One common misunderstanding about pregnancy is that it conception occurs immediately after intercourse. The actual estimated time that it takes for the sperm to travel to the egg and fertilize is around six days after intercourse. Once it becomes fertilized, the egg will attach itself to the uterine wall, which can take anywhere between six and ten days. Once the egg is implanted, the body gives off special hormones to support the egg through its development, which marks the beginning of pregnancy. Adding all that up, it can take about 12 to 16 days for pregnancy to officially begin after intercourse.

For Couples Trying To Conceive

When actively trying to get pregnant, most couples typically take around 3 months to conceive. This time frame can change dramatically depending on a variety of factors including age and habits that could affect fertility such as smoking. About 60% of women get pregnant within 3 months, and 85% of women within the first year. If you have yet to get pregnant after a year of trying, it is recommended that you consult with a fertility specialist to see if there are any fertility issues, or if there are ways to improve the chances of getting pregnant.

Contact Us With Your Questions

At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we offer comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care to the girls and women of Doylestown and Bucks County, PA. We ensure that every one of our patients has the quality care they deserve and the most comfortable treatment possible by utilizing state-of-the-art technology paired with the experienced hands of our obstetricians, gynecologists, and nurses. If you have any questions about pregnancy, or are in need of a professional OB-GYN, contact us today by giving us a call at 215-340-2229! We look forward to providing you with the supportive, effective, and convenient health care that our practice is known for.