Wednesday 28 February 2024
Salisbury Foundation Trust

Problems when planning a pregnancy

It is not possible to say how long it might take to become pregnant, as it is different for everyone. Some women become pregnant quickly, and for others this can take longer. This may be an upsetting and difficult time.



There are several factors that can impact on fertility, such as:

  • age
  • smoking
  • alcohol consumption
  • weight
  • sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).


Hormonal and reproductive health can also cause fertility problems, with the existence of conditions including:

  • hormonal (endocrine) disorders, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and problems with the thyroid or pituitary glands
  • disorders of the reproductive system, such as infections, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis or a low sperm count


Increasing your chances

There are things you and your partner can do to increase the chances of getting pregnant.

  • have sex every 2 to 3 days without using contraception – make sure sperm enters the vagina

  • try to have sex around the time you are ovulating – this is usually 12 to 16 days before your period starts
  • try to maintain a healthy weight, cut down or stop drinking alcohol and do not smoke – it can help if your partner does this too


Getting help

If any of the following factors apply to you, please seek support from your GP or local family planning clinic. 

  • you are over 36 years of age
  • you have been trying for a baby for 1 to 2 years and have been unsuccessful
  • you have known conditions that may affect your fertility
  • you would like further information on how to increase your chances of getting pregnant. 

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