How long does it take to get pregnant? (Hint: don't wait 12 months to see the doctor!)
I've seen a bunch of posts here recently about it regularly taking 6-12 months to conceive, and I wanted to put some other information out there. Personally, I do not agree with this timeframe, based on quite a lot of research/reading that I did when I was first TTC (11 years ago!!). If a woman understands properly how her body and cycle work, and especially if she is tracking her ovulation, she should be pregnant in about 4 months' time - 6 months would be too much. If you are being deliberate in timing sexual activity, and you're not pregnant after 4 months, I wouldn't wait even one minute longer.Why not at least do some of the easy tests, such as determining your partner's sperm count/motility and your own hormonal levels. Sometimes, there are straight-forward reasons for fertility issues. Of course, in many cases, the tests for the woman can be quite onerous and invasive, but I see no need to wait 6-12 months if you know what you are doing...By contrast, if you're just having sex willy nilly without birth control and not really trying to time it, then yes, even for a fertile couple, it can take up to a year.
I guess what I'm saying is - if you want to have a baby, do research on charting your cycle, start charting for a few months and speak to a doctor sooner rather than later. Why stress yourself out for a year when you don't have to? I would highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertitlity, which explains these concepts in an easy-to-understand fashion and even gives you example charts to follow. Good luck!