Normal chance of conception

The normal monthly success rate for couples trying to conceive naturally at 25 years of age is 20% – this figure decreases with increasing female age particularly after 35 years of age. For example 75% of couples aged 25 will conceive in less than 6 months but by 35-39 years of age the chance of conception drops to 25% in the same time period.

Couples can be referred to Merrion Fertility Clinic from their local General Practitioner or Gynaecologist/Obstetrician. The referring doctor may undertake some preliminary investigations including blood tests and semen analysis. Very simple advice may be all that is required to achieve conception. However, a fertility specialist is best placed to undertake further investigation and consultation before decisions on treatment can be considered.

Improving your chances

Some simple tips to help you maximise your chance of conceiving include:

  • As a female understand your menstrual cycle – the most fertile time is the five days leading up to ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs 2 weeks before your next period
  • Regular intercourse 2-3 times per week
  • Stop smoking and any recreational drug use
  • Healthy diet
  • Regular moderate exercise e.g. walking, swimming three times weekly
  • Alcohol in moderation
  • A daily intake of 400ug folic acid
  • Appropriate weight. An optimal body mass index of between 20 and 28 increases chances of pregnancy
  • General Practitioner review of current medications and implications for pregnancy