How to Get Pregnant

Wondering how to get pregnant despite infertility? Our Dallas fertility center offers answers

At Dallas IVF, our goal is to help patients become parents. Together, our fertility specialists have decades of experience helping men and women on their fertility journey. Our Dallas fertility center team knows that most patients do not require advanced reproductive technologies to help them conceive. In fact, sometimes all that our patients need is more information about how to get pregnant.

When trying to conceive naturally, it is important to understand the role that age and health play in fertility potential

The fertility specialists at our Dallas fertility center want our patients to understand that a woman’s fertility decreases with age.

  • For a woman in her 20s, there is a 20-25% chance that she will get pregnant each month. This is the decade when a woman is typically most fertile; her eggs are at peak quality and plentiful. If a woman in her 20s is trying to get pregnant, our fertility specialists recommend that she take a daily dose of folic acid, embrace healthy habits and time intercourse to ovulation.
  • For a woman in her 30s, there is a 15-20% chance that she will conceive each month. However, a woman’s fertility begins to rapidly decline after the age of 35. A woman in her 30s who is trying to conceive should also take folic acid, live a healthy lifestyle and engage in timed intercourse. She should consider ovarian reserve testing to plan for pregnancy.
  • For a woman in her 40s, there is a less than 5% chance for pregnancy each month. Women between the ages of 45 and 49 have only a 1% chance. This does not mean it will be impossible to get pregnant. Some women who follow the pregnancy advice listed above may be able to conceive naturally.

Timed intercourse for natural conception, it is important to understand ovulation

Most women are only fertile on the days before and during ovulation. Ovulation occurs when luteinizing hormone, LH, causes a woman’s body to release an egg. You can use an over-the-counter ovulation kit to find out when you’re ovulating.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, our Dallas fertility center recommends that you have sex every other day around the time you ovulate. An egg will live only 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, while sperm can live for three to five days. Timed intercourse ensures that there is always sperm available to fertilize an egg.

If you find that timed intercourse is not working for you, our fertility specialists recommend scheduling an appointment to explore fertility treatment.

A rule of thumb for women trying to get pregnant

If you are under 35, you should contact a fertility specialist if you’re unable to get pregnant after trying for one year. If you are over 35, we recommend scheduling an appointment after six months of trying. And remember that infertility is caused by male factors in about half of all cases.

If you’d like to learn more about how to get pregnant when it is not occurring naturally, contact Dallas IVF to schedule an appointment.