For many couples, the journey to starting a family isn't as easy as they may have once thought.
Contrary to what some overzealous sex ed teachers may have told us, there's a whole lot of biology, tracking, timing, hormones, and other factors at play for people who want to have a baby. Though for others still, all it may take is one time to conceive a child.
But whether you've just started your fertility journey or you've been on it for quite some time, sometimes hearing from others can help.
So, BRIDES asked real couples just how long it took them to conceive. Here's what they had to say:
"We were able to conceive the first cycle we tried. We used an app to track my cycle and got very lucky." — Caitlin, 32
"It took us a total of a year and a half, but not trying every single month. First, we tried for four months, got pregnant, miscarried, and then took a break. Then tried for three months, did IUI, and got pregnant with our daughter. It wasn't easy, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat." — Nicole, 32
"It took us 18 months for our son. We used IVF and the reason it didn't take longer was that we just asked for diagnostic testing early (after 5 months of nothing). My brother in law is in the medical field and told us we could ask and would probably be told yes. So, we had all diagnostic testing by 7 months, did four IUIs by 12 months, and started doing retrieval cycles by 13 months." — Kim, 31
"Overall, two and a half years. Three miscarriages and nine rounds of fertility treatments (3 IUI & 6 IVF)." — Jennifer, 43
"We got pregnant on the first try at 26 with my first. I had to wean from breastfeeding completely and tracked my BBT to get pregnant (on the second cycle after weaning) with my second at age 29." — Christina, 30
"For our first, we started trying when I was 35; it took 8 months and a miscarriage to get a sticky pregnancy; the baby was born just before I turned 37. For our second, we started trying when I was 38; it took two years, five rounds of Clomid, three rounds of IUI and two miscarriages to get a sticky pregnancy; the babies (identical twins) were born when I was 41." — Lauren, 42
"We found out before we even tried to conceive that we were both carriers of a very rare genetic disorder. As such, we were advised to go the IVF route. We had to do multiple rounds because we put the embryos through extensive testing. It was a stepwise attrition process that left us with four embryos when we started with close to 40. Our son was one of them." — Alexis, 30