The chances of getting pregnant range from age, timing of ovulation, and the use of contraceptives to the kind of lifestyle we lead. A normal healthy woman under 30 years of age who has regular intercourse has a 20-40 percent chance of getting pregnant every month. According to recent studies, a woman aged less than 25 years has a 96% chance of getting pregnant in a year while those aged between 23-34 years have an 86% chance and those aged between 34-44 years have a 78% chance.
The more you advance in age, the more your chances diminish. With a fertility doctor you can take advantage of the medical treatments that are available. To increase your chance of getting pregnant, you have to study your body and detect when ovulation is about to occur. A woman’s body has a very small period in which pregnancy can occur, which is 5 days before ovulation and the one day of ovulation. Studying your menstrual cycle is vital as you will be well prepared to have intercourse at the right time in so far as your fertility period is concerned. Having sexual intercourse three days before ovulation and three days after, greatly increase your chances.
A woman who has been using contraceptives has to at least wait for some time before her cycle gets back to normal. If you had been using oral contraceptives you have to wait for a month before you try to conceive but if you have been using the Depo-Provera you will wait for at least 6 months before your cycle goes back to normal.
Studies have also shown that women who smoke are less likely to get pregnant compared to the non-smokers in any given cycle. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, it is recommended that you should stop smoking, avoid alcohol consumption and take less caffeine.
Alcohol consumption may reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant by 50%. If you cannot avoid coffee completely it is recommended that you reduce your intake to at least one cup a day. Also eating healthy foods is an added advantage. Try as much as you can to eat more natural foods that are rich in vitamins, calcium, and fats such as omega -3 fatty acids. These go a long way in boosting your chances of getting pregnant!