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Problems getting pregnant

There can be a number of reasons people struggle to get pregnant.

  • Not having sex enough
  • Not having sex at the right time
  • Stress or illness is affecting fertility
  • Infertility

The good news is, there are lots of things men and women can do to improve the chances of conceiving.

About 85% of couples will get pregnant naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex. For every 100 couples trying to conceive naturally:

  • 20 will conceive within one month.
  • 70 will conceive within six months.
  • 85 will conceive within one year.
  • 90 will conceive within 18 months.
  • 95 will conceive within two years.

Only around 5% of couples are infertile, this mean they can’t get pregnant naturally despite having regular unprotected sex. If you haven’t got pregnant after a year it’s a good idea to go and see your GP. They will investigate the reason you haven’t got pregnant and may be able to help you so you can get pregnant without assistance.

Some couples may never be able to conceive naturally and may consider assisted conception (such as IVF or artificial insemination) or adoption.

Want to know more about fertility? Visit NHS inform.

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