How Long Should It Take To Conceive?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I have been trying for the past two months to get pregnant. Last month we had sex at least once a day and I am still not pregnant. Is this normal?

ANSWER

Well, it may be luck of the draw, or one of you may have a problem. Are you sure you are ovulating? Has his sperm been checked? How old are you both? If you are over 35, testing may be in order. If you are younger, I wouldn't worry before six months.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.