How to get pregnant

Sometimes it can be difficult to have a baby, there are so many variables that it can be very difficult for some people to get pregnant. There are also some problems which cannot be solved, by the simple guides we will give you here. If you and your partner are ready to have a baby, the guidelines below will tell you how to get pregnant and to have a healthy pregnancy.

When you decide that you want to become pregnant, you should start immediately to maximise your chances of becoming pregnant.

Fertility Facts

For normal fertile couples trying to conceive, the chance of succeeding in any given month is about 20 percent.

  • About 57 percent of couples will conceive within three months.
  • About 75 percent of couples will conceive within six months.
  • About 90 percent of couples will conceive within one year.

Infertility affects men and women almost equally.

In both sexes, fertility declines with age, but age-related fertility problems are far more likely in women. In men, fertility declines after age 50. In women, fertility starts to decline beginning around age 30:

  • Among women age 15 to 24, 4 percent have difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • Among women age 24 to 34, 13 percent have difficulty conceiving.
  • By age 40, 34 percent of women have difficulty conceiving.
  • By age 45, 87 percent of women are infertile.


Every part of the reproductive system must be ready for conception to occur. Timing is everything. If ovulation and the processes that influence conception are functioning properly, the information offered in this section will help you in your journey to get pregnant.

Assuming there are no fertility problems, it may still take several months to conceive. It is not necessary for intercourse to occur at the moment of ovulation, but there is a four day window when intercourse is likely to result in pregnancy. Your most fertile time is about 12 to 15 days before the beginning of the next menstrual period. Cycle Days 12-15 would be the most likely days for intercourse to result in pregnancy. At this time, the woman’s pituitary gland dramatically increases production of the hormone LH. This increase is commonly known as the “LH surge”. Within one and a half days after the LH surge, a follicle in the ovary ruptures and releases a mature egg. This process is called ovulation. The time around ovulation is the most optimal time to have intercourse in order to enhance the chance for pregnancy. As soon as the LH surge is detected, intercourse should begin. Even though ovulation has yet to take place, sperm can live up to 72 hours within the female reproductive tract

Increase your chances

Apart from the timing aspects above, there are other ways to help you get pregnant. It goes without saying that your health and your partners reproductive health are very important, but you should also consider the following.

– Temperature

After ovulation, a woman’s ‘rest’ body temperature rises by around 0.2°C, and keeps at this level until menstruation begins. To notice this rise, you need to take your temperature every morning and record it.
If you discover a pattern, you should have sex just before your temperature is due to rise. This should be your most fertile time.

– Predictor Kits

Ovulation kits measure the level of hormones in the body and help work out the best time to conceive.

– More sex

The more often you have sex (around the right time), the more likely you are of having sex while you are fertile and conceiving.

– Male contribution

The best temperature for sperm production is 2-3°C below the temperature of the rest of the body. Wearing tight pants or trousers, can raise the temperature of the testes and lower sperm production.

All of these tips tell you how to get pregnant, but they do not guarantee a pregnancy. There are a lots of factors which influence conception, you can read more about trying for a baby - Pregnancy, Baby & Parenting information