Many couples are completely in the dark about how long it usually takes to get pregnant. When you’ve spent your entire life trying to avoid pregnancy, it’s natural to expect it to happen right after you take your last birth control pill. But there are only six days per month when a woman is fertile, and those days happen at different times for different women. Even if you accurately identify the fertile window, there are so many obstacles before sperm meets egg that there is only a 25 percent chance of conceiving each month in the best case scenario. If you’re not 25 years old, don’t have a regular menstrual cycle, or don’t have time for frequent intercourse, your odds of conceiving each month are considerably lower.
Stress about trying to conceive stems from a mismatch between expectations and reality. When you expect to get pregnant right away, every month that it doesn’t happen feels like a loss. At Ava, we believe that the process of trying to get pregnant would be a lot less stressful if you knew ahead of time how long it to expect it to take.
While it’s impossible to know with 100% certainty how long it will take to conceive, there is a wealth of data about the impact of age and lifestyle factors on conception probability. The only problem is that the data isn’t very easy for the average couple to parse.
That's why we created a fertility calculator that predicts how long it will likely take to conceive based on your age and lifestyle factors. Our research and data science teams reviewed over 30 scientific papers on factors impacting fertility and created an algorithm to personalize the information based on individual situations. It’s not perfect—it doesn’t take into account genetics, for example. But it’s the best tool available today to predict time to conception. And the only one that doesn’t place the burden entirely on women. It also takes into account your partner’s age and lifestyle factors, from his caffeine consumption to his exercise habits.