Most women expect to get pregnant within six months of trying, but a new survey of 2,000 British women by the women's health brand Balance Activ showed that the average time it took the women surveyed to conceive was actually one to two years!
"Deciding to try for a baby can be an intense time for couples," said Corrin Farr, senior marketing manager at Balance Activ. "The fact that women are choosing to have children later on in life, combined with an expectation that conception will happen within weeks can also add stress and anxiety to the mix, which in turn can lead to its own [fertility] problems."
Technically, you're classified as "infertile" after 12 months of having unprotected sex without conceiving (or after six months for those 35 and up). Ten to 15 percent of couples in the US are diagnosed as being infertile.
So while this was an informal survey—not an elaborate study—what it tells me is that there is hope for those who don't think getting pregnant is in the cards for them!
Image of woman with a pregnancy test courtesy of Shutterstock.