Many couples get frustrated when 3 or 6 months of trying to conceive pass without success.

Some people have heard stories about women who got pregnant within the first or second month of trying and become anxious because they believe that this is what is considered normal.




The truth is that the human species is not very efficient in reproduction.

We are not rabbits, nor mice to give birth many times, easily and quickly.

Many pieces need to fall in the right place to achieve a pregnancy and give birth to a baby.

Ovulation must first take place and a quality egg must be released which will wait in the fallopian tube to be fertilized by a quality sperm.

After fertilization, the resulting cell must proliferate properly and form an embryo.

The embryo must travel unhindered to the uterus, where it must be implanted correctly, so that it can continue to grow for the remaining 9 months or so.

Thinking about all the above, it is easy to reach the conclusion that a successful pregnancy is not something that should be taken for granted, as many things can ‘go wrong’ at different stages of this long journey.

Studies have shown that out of 100 ‘fertile’ couples (i.e. couples who have had fertility tests and no problem was found), only 85 will achieve pregnancy after 12 months of trying. (Of course, this percentage is also related to the age of the woman and is correct for couples up to 30 years of age)

That is, out of 10 ‘fertile’ couples, 1 or 2 will NOT achieve a pregnancy within 1 year of trying.

And only 20 out of 100 couples will conceive within the first two months!




This information should provide significant relief to many of you who read these lines.

This means that if you are in the 8th or 9th month of trying, you should not despair and start making pessimistic thoughts.

After all, the World Health Organization defines infertility as “the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse.”

(Of course, this definition has exceptions, which are mainly related to the age of the woman, but we will discuss this elsewhere)

What is worth emphasizing is that achieving a pregnancy after 1 or 2 months of trying is the exception and not the rule.

Therefore, keep trying because the odds are on your side!