Chances of Becoming Pregnant – What are Yours?

So, what are the chances you’ll become pregnant? Well that really isn’t a straight forward question to answer as it could be different for every woman and it depends on a number of different factors like age, stress level, lifestyle, and the fertility health of both partners.

I’ll best try to answer this question by helping you understand what’s required for a woman to have the best chances of becoming pregnant. This article is directed at those that have not been medically diagnosed as unable to become pregnant or infertile.

If you have been diagnosed as such by your doctor, chances of  becoming a parent can still happen by use of a donor egg, sarrogate, or donor sperm , etc.  Talk to your doctor regarding options available for you and your situation.

Getting Pregnant

In order for a woman to become pregnant she must first obviously be fertile, which means she ovulates naturally every month and has a period every month.  Secondly her male partner must also be fertile and have sperm that is healthy enough to fertilize her egg. However, there is no guarantee a pregnancy will occur or will be easy under these conditions. But medically speaking, couples with these factors have the best chances to produce a pregnancy.

For women that have difficulty with ovulation or have irregular periods, the chances of becoming pregnant are still high but it may take longer and/or use of  Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) or Fertility Drugs may be needed in order for a pregnancy to occur. Likewise, if her partner has fertility issues he can also be helped by way of ART.  For couples having fertility challenges, getting pregnant can still happen, but the length of time it takes may be longer than a couple with no fertility issues.  But again, there is no guarantee a pregnancy will occur or will be easy in either case.

Your Chances of Conceiving is High…

The chances of  getting pregnant is high for couples that are fertile or for couples that uses ART or Fertility drugs. However, the key factor a woman becoming pregnant all depends on the time of month sex occurs.  If a woman has sex a few days before she ovulates, which is her most fertile time of the month,  then the chance she’ll become pregnant  increases.  If she misses this window, the chance she’ll become pregnant decreases.  However pregnancy is still possible as a woman can be fertile 1-2 days after ovulation.  Yes, it can be a little tricky as ovulation can be.

In order to know what your chances of becoming pregnant are, you will need to know the state of your fertility and roughly when you ovulate.  If you are fertile and have sex around the time you ovulate, you can say chances are good you’ll become pregnant but that’s still not a guarantee you’ll become pregnant.

You should also understand, you can not become pregnant anytime you have unprotected sex, as some believe. You only have a chance of becoming pregnant when you have unprotected sex during your most fertile times of the month which is generally speaking, around day 14 of your menstrual cycle (give or take a few days).  This is not the rule of thumb though. Every woman’s cycle is different, making ovulation occur on different days for them. Therefore you can not rely on  what you read about ovulation, you must find out when YOU ovulate. You can find out how to better predict when you ovulate here: How to Predict When I Ovulate.

Getting Pregnant What You Should Know

Women having sex for the purpose of getting pregnant without knowing when they ovulate are really taking a shot in the dark. While some women will end up pregnant, for the most part a lot will not. Becoming pregnant is a lot harder than folks think.

Your Chances of  conceiving are best when a couple has sex 2-3 days before ovulation is expected. This is because a mans sperm can live in a woman’s body 3-5 days. So having sex a few days before ovulation will ensure the sperm is ready and waiting when the woman’s egg is pushed into the uterus.

Trying to have sex on ovulation day is tough as it’s hard to know exactly when that day is. Since ovulation last about 24-48 hours, a woman trying to get pregnant may miss this small window of opportunity. This is why it’s recommended to start having sex a few days before ovulation occurs when trying to conceive.

Debunking Pregnancy Myths

Also, I want to add,  you can get pregnant anytime sperm comes in contact with a woman’s vagina. This holds true even  when a man uses the “pull out” method as pre-ejaculation fluid contains some sperm.  A 1/4 teaspoon of semen can have a million sperm count.  Any semen that comes around or in contact with a woman’s vagina can get her pregnant.

Time of day also does not play a role in getting pregnant. It’s said a mans sperm count is higher in morning than in evening. However, the count difference is so minute it isn’t enough to matter. Then too, it only takes one of those babies to get you pregnant.

In conclusion

Unless you or your partner have been diagnosed as unable to conceive, your chances of  becoming pregnant are good if  sex occurs at the right time of month and both partners are in good fertile health.  Even if you or your partner is using ART or fertility drugs, you still have a good chance of becoming pregnant.  However, there are many factors involved in the likelihood of becoming pregnant as mentioned above and there are no guarantees you’ll get pregnant even if you’ve been pregnant before successfully.

Unfortunately, the only way to know if a pregnancy will happen is to try to conceive.  If you have been trying for at least 12 months to get pregnant with no success, seek the advice of your doctor.


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