The chance of getting pregnant decreases with increasing age. This is true for both partners, but more so for the woman than the man. Humans are not very fertile animals. Even for the most fertile young couples, the chance of getting pregnant is only about 20% each month. This is because a woman produces one mature egg per month (if there is regular ovulation) and this egg survives 24 hours only. This is the bottleneck of human fertility. As a woman ages, the quality of the ovulated egg may also diminish, making it even harder to get pregnant. Generally speaking, 60-70% of couples are pregnant after 6 months of trying and 80% – 90% of couples are pregnant after 12 months of trying.
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