Here’s a fascinating profile of the “typical” woman who is trying to get pregnant! See how you compare to the women in this questionnaire, who answered questions about the length of time trying to conceive, infertility stress, fertility supplements, low sperm counts, and more…
“Just who is the “typical” trying-to-conceive woman?” ask the experts at Early Pregnancy Tests.com. “How old is she? How long has she been trying to achieve pregnancy? What steps is she taking to help increase her odds of conceiving?”
They asked 620 women who are trying to get pregnant these types of questions, and came up with a “typical” woman who is trying to conceive. Their questions and the women’s answers are below — it’s interesting to see how we all compare! If you’d rather get fertility tips or help getting pregnant, read Plan to Get Pregnant: 10 Steps to Maximum Fertility….
Women Trying to Get Pregnant – Ovulation, Fertility Supplements, Infertility Issues
1. How old are you? Most popular response: 25-30 years old.
A woman’s age and fertility status are closely linked. As you’re probably aware, egg quantity and quality both tend to decline as we age, making it more difficult to conceive. There is also a well-documented trend toward women trying to conceive later in life than in previous generations. The majority of women (47%) are in the 25-30 age range. The next largest group (24%) are in the 31-35 age range, followed by 12% in the 36-39 age range. 11% of our site visitors are just 18-24 years in age.
2. How long have you been trying to conceive? Most popular response: 1-2 years.
Research shows it takes the “average” couple 5-6 months to conceive; however, 60% of our respondents indicate that they have been trying to conceive for 8 months or more. 9% described themselves as “just starting” to try to conceive, and 14% put themselves in the 1-3 month category. 17% have been trying to conceive for 4-7 months, while 19% are in the 8-12 month category. 21% (the largest group) have been trying to conceive for 1-2 years, and 20% have been trying for over 2 years.
3. Are you trying to conceive your first child? Most popular response: yes.
The vast majority of our site visitors are trying for their first child (66%), while 34% are looking to expand their existing family.
4. How many times each month do you have intercourse for trying-to-conceive purposes? Most popular response: 3-5 times per month.
5. How often each month is the average couple trying to get pregnant?
Obviously, you want to be intimate on the most fertile days of your cycle – specifically, the days leading up to ovulation. The most common response to this question was 3-5 times per month (45%). Only 8% of respondents indicated that they had procreational intimacy 1-2 times. 27% responded that they have sex 6-10 times per month, and an inspirational 20% of couples are having procreational intimacy 10 or more times per month.
6. Is your trying-to-conceive time enjoyable, or has it become a “chore”? Most popular response: It depends on the day.
In the trying-to-conceive world, we often hear about couples having intercourse that is scheduled not by their own desires, but by a positive result on that morning’s ovulation test. This phenomenon has even given rise to a new class of consumer products (such as Pre-Seed sperm friendly lubricantPre-Seed sperm-friendly lubricant). To determine the extent to which this is an issue, we asked women how enjoyable they find their trying-to-conceive time. Not surprisingly, most women indicated that it depends on the day (53%). Fully 39% of women indicated that they enjoy their trying-to-conceive intercourse, and only 8% of respondents indicated that it has become a chore for them.
6. How would you describe your stress/anxiety level as it pertains to trying-to-conceive? Most popular response: A little stressful/ moderately stressful.
The subject of stress as it relates to the trying-to-conceive experience has garnered considerable press in recent years. Research indicates that excess stress impacts us on a hormonal level, negatively influencing our ability to achieve pregnancy. These findings have given rise to a variety of products and services designed to reduce stress levels associated with trying-to-conceive: fertility yoga, acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, and more. So how stressful is trying-to-conceive? 39% of our site visitors indicate that it is “a little stressful, but not bad”, while another 39% indicate find it to be “moderately stressful”. 14% of respondents find trying-to-conceive to be “extremely stressful”, while 8% believe it’s “not stressful at all”.
7. Are you height/weight proportionate? Most popular response: Yes.
Any ObGyn or reproductive endocrinologist will tell you: there is a relationship between carrying excess weight and experiencing difficulty in conceiving. As such, we included a question in the survey to determine how our site visitors classify themselves on this key criterion. We found that the vast majority (66%) consider themselves to be height/weight proportionate, while 34% do not
8. Are you hoping to have a boy/girl/either one is fine? Most popular response: Either one is fine.
Do most couples hope for a specific gender of child, or are they equally content with either gender? We posed this question and found that the vast majority of respondents are happy with either gender (79%). Respondents hoping to have a girl slightly outnumber those hoping for a boy (13% vs. 8%).
9. Do you have PCOS? Most popular response: No.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a female endocrine disorder that is thought to affect 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may experience difficulty in achieving pregnancy, typically as the result of chronic anovulation (lack of ovulation). We found that 14% of women responding to the survey have PCOS, while 63% do not. 23% of respondents indicated that they did not know
10. Do you have endometriosis? Most popular response: No.
Endometriosis is a medical condition affecting roughly 5-10% of women of childbearing age. It is a common diagnosis in women with infertility. Our respondents appear to be representative of the general population numbers with 8% indicating that they have endometriosis. 71% indicated that they do not have it, and 21% indicated that they do not know.
11. Do you any fertility issues? Most popular response: I don’t know.
Most women (40%) indicated that they didn’t know if they had any fertility issues that could impact their ability to conceive. 36% indicated that they did not have issues, while 24% indicated that they did
12. Does your husband have any fertility issues (i.e. low sperm count, low motility, etc)? Most popular response: No.
Often it’s assumed that when a couple experiences difficulty in conceiving, that it’s the woman’s fault; however, research indicates otherwise. It is estimated that half the time, infertility issues are attributable to the man (such as low sperm count). 46% of respondents in our survey indicated that the male partner does not have fertility issues, while 43% indicated that they “do not know”. 11% indicated that their male partner does have known fertility issues.
13. Do you test for ovulation to determine your most fertile time of month (i.e. using ovulation tests)? Most popular response: Yes.
Testing for ovulation is, in our opinion, the single most important item a person should do when trying to conceive. It’s critical to identify when you ovulate so you know when to be intimate for procreational purposes. As such, we were pleased to see that the majority of respondents indicated that they do test for ovulation (70% who do vs. 30% who do not)
14. Do you use an electronic fertility monitor (such as the Clearblue Monitor or Ovacue)? Most popular response: no.
Electronic fertility monitors, such as the OvaCue or Clearblue monitor, are particularly helpful in identifying your most fertile time of month. The OvaCue monitor in particular is excellent at predicting ovulation further in advance than other methods, resulting in a greater window of opportunity to conceive each month.
15. Have you ever used a natural fertility supplement (such as FertilAid, FertileCM, etc)? Most popular response: no.
There are currently a number of products on the market designed specifically for trying-to-conceive women, such as FertilAid for Women, FertileCM. These products have increased in popularity over the years, and are frequently discussed in trying-to-conceive message boards, blogs, etc. We found that 28% of respondents have used a natural fertility supplement; 72% have not.
16. Have you ever used Pre-Seed sperm friendly lubricant? Most popular response: no.
Many couples aren’t aware that “regular” lubricants can actually hinder your chances of getting pregnant, effectively serving as a barrier to sperm. Considering that trying-to-conceive often involves having sex “on demand” (as dictated by a positive ovulation test result), using sperm-friendly lubrication can be very helpful.
17. Do you chart your basal body temperature using a basal thermometer? Most popular response: no.
Basal body temperature charting is an important part of a trying-to-conceive plan, as it allows you to confirm when you’ve ovulated. The process of basal charting also helps women to become more familiar with the nuances of their unique cycle. We found that 36% of respondents chart their basal body temperature, while 64% do not.
How do you compare — are you a “typical” woman trying to get pregnant? I welcome your thoughts below!
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Source: Early Pregnancy Tests.com: Profile of a “Typical” Trying-to-Conceive Woman.