“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – As the saying goes…. Can the same be said when it comes to trying-to-conceive?
Couples who begin their conception journey are told to “be patient” or “just relax and it will happen”. There is a common belief that the longer a couple tries to get a bun in the oven, the more likely their chances of getting pregnant. It must be, as they continue to understand their fertility and learn the best times to plan intercourse, right?
Read on to learn if time is truly on your side when trying for a baby.
Can Your Chances of Getting Pregnant Increase the Longer You Try?
There isn’t a simple yes or no answer to this question, since there are many components that affect a couple’s ability to conceive.
Dr. Alan Copperman, reproductive endocrinologist, of Mt. Sinai Hospital weighs in on this hot topic: “In some cases, months of trying and data collection can help a couple hone in on the precise timing of ovulation, and help them optimally time intercourse”.
However, Copperman also adds that there isn’t any research to support the notion that the longer a couple tries to conceive, the more likely they will get pregnant despite repeated attempts.
The Biological Clock Ticks for Women and MEN
If you are a woman who is trying to get pregnant, the chances of being reminded of your biological clock are high. In her 20s, a woman has a 20% chance of conceiving per month. In her 30s, that chance goes down to 15% per month. In her 40s, a woman has less than a 5% chance of conceiving per month.
Gone are the days that you must worry about your biological clock alone, because your partner has one too!
A British study observed 8,500 couples to learn if age had any effect on how long it may take to get pregnant. Researchers at Bristol and Brunel Universities discovered that “while only 8% of men younger than 25 fail to impregnate their partner after a year of trying, that number grows to 15 percent after age 35.”
With age, men’s sperm motility begins to slow down, making it a challenge for it to meet and fertilize the egg. In addition, men produce less semen as they age. A study published in the Human Reproduction journal found that “a 50-year-old man produced 20% less semen than a 30 year old man.”
How Long Is Too Long For Trying-To-Conceive?
Dr. Sam Thatcher’s, reproductive endocrinologist and author of Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant, biggest advice is to be proactive and seek medical guidance instead of playing the waiting game:
“The American Society of Reproductive Medicine advises women age 35 or older to consult a fertility specialist if they fail to get pregnant after six months of unprotected intercourse. Women ages 37 to 40 should wait no longer than three months.
If you are 35 and younger and have been trying-to-conceive for less than 6 months, there are many ways you can be proactive to kick-start your conception journey.
- Take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid to help reduce the risks of brain and spinal cord defects in your baby.
- Take PregPrep’s FertilPrep for women to help thin your cervical mucus to ease transport of sperm to egg.
- Take PregPrep’s Male FertilPrep for men to help improve sperm morphology, motility, and count.
- Eat fertility-friendly foods to help improve your overall health and preconception health.
- Exercise a few times a week to help circulate blood flow to your reproductive organs.
- Learn how to manage your stress to help support healthy hormonal balance.