It doesn’t take just one insemination and wham, bam, thank you ma’am, you’re pregnant.  On average it takes 6 IUI's to have a successful pregnancy.  We actually had 9 IUI's before we had a successful pregnancy and we currently have a 1 1/2 year old son.  

A successful pregnancy requires that everything be just right.  It requires that everything fall into place at just the right time and just the right place.  Even straight couples experience the same thing.  Oh yeah, there are those pregnancies that happen on the first try.  There are those couples that lie with each other one time, those one night stands, and you have a pregnancy.  But on average, it takes a while to conceive.

Statistically, according to our fertility specialists:

Only 20-25% of women become pregnant during the first cycle.  That number jumps to about 60% within the first six months and up to 90% of couples will get pregnant within 12-18 months.

It can be a frustrating process, but following the advice of your specialist should increase your chances of success.  Remember to take your prenatal vitamins everyday.  Get to know your cycle.

A woman’s cycle doesn’t just last for the 5-7 days she’s on her period.  Your cycle is a process that starts from the day you start your period, all the way until you have your next period.  It’s a process of follicle growth, maturity, follicle releasing the egg or ovulation and finally the uterus expelling the egg if there is no fertilization, with the release of your period. Getting to know your body and when you ovulate will certainly increase your chances for a successful pregnancy.

If you’re a Lesbian couple like us, and you’re using InVitro Fertilization techniques, it might take several cycles for you to have a successful pregnancy.  That’s why it’s important to seek a fertility doctor who can track your follicle growth with the use of ultrasound.  If the specialist sees that the follicle is growing successfully at the rate it should, then the fertility doctor can induce ovulation with the HCG shot which again, will let you know exactly when you’ll be ovulating.  So no guess work trying to figure out when you’re ovulation is occurring.  Then the fertility specialist can inject your semen sample following the HCG shot.  Using a fertility specialist gives you a higher chance of having a successful pregnancy, than if you were at home trying some method on your own.

And one last thing to consider is that age may play a factor in how fast you conceive.  Many women are waiting until their 30’s to get pregnant.  And women only have a limited number of eggs.  As those eggs age, it may be harder to get pregnant in your 30’s than say if you were 18 or 20 years of age.  It’s important during your journey to have a baby, that you have patience and follow the doctor’s orders.  This should be a wonderful experience for you and your partner.  Share every moment together, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and when that beautiful baby does arrive, you will bask in the joy of knowing it was well worth the wait.


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