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If you’re trying to get pregnant then a pregnancy test is always going to be a big moment. I know exactly how it feels when you’re desperate to take that test – especially if you keep asking yourself why can’t I get pregnant?! But sometimes patience can be the key, and it can help to save you stress in the long run.

How Long Does A Test Take to Work?

First things first, you should know that the pregnancy test is based on levels of hCG hormones in your body. The most sensitive tests can detect levels of this hormone as quickly as 7 days after ovulation, but you have to give time for implantation which could take 6-12 days after ovulation.

I know the feeling – I would always get out the test as soon as I could, just a few days after ovulation, and I’d end up disappointed. But, looking back, I think that doing the test so often was not how to get pregnant! After all, it just makes you stressed, and stress does NOT help getting pregnant at all.

So, you should try to wait at least 12 days after ovulation, but if you have symptoms sooner and want to take a test – make sure it’s a very sensitive one. If it’s negative at this early stage, you could still be pregnant!

What About A Faint Line on the Test?

What if you see a faint line on the pregnancy test? This happened to me and I am pleased to say it was because I wasn’t as far as long as I thought I was. All I did was wait a few days and the test came out a lot stronger than the first time!

The bottom line? If you keep asking yourself ‘why can’t I get pregnant’, then try to relax a little about the test. Don’t stress by taking tests every single day, as this is not how to get pregnant! Instead, take them when you’ve given your body the time it needs. If it’s negative, just keep trying and stay positive.

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I know what it’s like to constantly ask yourself why you can’t get pregnant, which is why I think it’s important to learn some solid pregnancy information. Once you do, you’ll realise that getting pregnant isn’t as easy as most of us think! I certainly didn’t realise just how hard it can be.

Don’t Be Disappointed!
I was very disappointed when I didn’t get pregnant straight away – and I think that expecting to get pregnant straight away was my main problem. It isn’t likely at all that you’ll get pregnant within a month or two – so know this from the start and it’ll be a lot easier than it was for me!

When Do Most Couples Get Pregnant?
Most pregnancy information shows that couples usually get pregnant within the first year, and often it takes up to 18 months. During this time you probably won’t need any help getting pregnant, and most doctors won’t offer it to you. This is because it’s perfectly normal, though I must admit it took me a while to accept this fact.

Note: Even though it normally takes a while, if you have a history of certain medical conditions that can affect conception, then you may need help getting pregnant and should contact a professional.

So, if you start trying knowing these facts it can make things a lot easier! Just remember:

Only a quarter of fertile couples, actively trying to conceive, will get pregnant during the first cycle.
60% of couples will get pregnant within 6 months,
75% will get pregnant within 9 months,
And 90% will get pregnant within 18 months.

It might seem a long time to wait a year and a half (believe me – I know!) but when it does happen it will be worth the wait!

Getting pregnant isn’t instant – it means taking time to understand the process, and talking to your doctor for help. We’ve all been there, it just takes some courage and patience while you wait.

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If you’ve recently made the choice to get pregnant and are having a hard time, you’re probably asking yourself ‘why can’t I get pregnant?!’ Believe me, I asked myself the same question, and a million thoughts constantly went through my mind as to why it wasn’t working. I had such a desire to start a family, but it just wasn’t happening.

The first thing is to stop asking yourself ‘why can’t I get pregnant?’ It will only make things harder. The truth is, knowing how to get pregnant is not an exact science – there is no fixed timescale. I know it’s hard to wait, but it’s true. Even if both you and your partner are very fertile, your chances of conceiving in the first month are only 25% – most will have to wait months more.

I did always think to myself ‘I can’t get pregnant – what can I do??’ but this just wasn’t helping. So let’s start with the facts instead. Pregnancy is going to be harder to achieve for a few common reasons:

Your Age – If you are older it will take you longer to conceive, and generally each year you are over the age of 30, the more difficult it will be. Men’s fertility will also decrease, but usually after the age of 40.

Stress – Yes, it’s true – constantly saying to yourself ‘I can’t get pregnant’ or ‘I’ll never have kids’ is probably making you stressed, isn’t it? And stress is a huge factor in how easy it is to conceive. Try to make sure both you and your partner reduce the stress in your lives (and hopefully reading these facts will help you to do this).

Sperm Count – It could be the case that your partner has a low sperm count, making things that little bit slower, so get a test to find out. You should also recommend he tries loose fitting clothing and underwear to keep sperm production at its maximum.

Caffeine – Cutting down on how much coffee and caffeine you take in could really improve your chances of pregnancy.

Hormonal Problems – There are a range of hormonal problems that can make it harder to get pregnant. In this case it’s very important to get advice from a professional.

Believe me, I know how difficult it is to keep asking yourself ‘why can’t I get pregnant?’ Hopefully this website will help a little – and you should always know that it’s perfectly normal for conception to take a while! It took longer for me, but in the end I realised a little patience was all I needed to get pregnant.

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