How long will it take to get pregnant?

"How many months will treatment take?" asks a reader.

"Treatment" referring to my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program.

Great question cuz I get that a lot.

I consider IVF, IUI, and Clomid treatments.  

Having trouble getting pregnant due to a physical, structural problem like blocked fallopian tubes, fibroids, severe endometriosis, no viable sperm, etc. requires medical intervention and treatment.

However, for the majority of people having problems conceiving, their difficulty is rooted in their lifestyle.  These are women diagnosed as unexplained, advanced maternal age, poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve.  So their issue is functional, not structural.  Functional in that their body is not functioning optimally. 

We tend to view our bodies in a very black & white way.  It's either working or not.  On or off.  Able to conceive or not. 

But that's not how it is.  For example, we tend to develop back pain as we age.  Is your body still working?  Yes.  Is having pain optimal?  No.  It's working well enough to perform it's daily tasks but it certainly isn't optimal.  Optimal would be to have no pain.

Rather, your body's more like a seesaw.  It's always trying to reach homeostasis - that sweet spot of balance and harmony.  We'll never reach it because we're not monks living on a mountain, meditating most of the day, practicing martial arts to keep fit, eating clean food, ...  

So one side will tend to be heavier than the other. 

One side that all your bad habits belong to.  Stuff like poor nutrition, not enough exercise, stress, lack of sleep, etc.  

The other side would be the self-care activities.  Stuff like doing things that give you joy, spending enough time with loved ones, etc.

What side is heavier for you? 

Yeah, I thought so. 

How do you think the cumulative effect of your bad habits affect your fertility?  I'll let you ponder that.

How long do you think it will take to reverse your habits and replace them with better ones?  Months, even years.

In the GPS program, I'm teaching a lifestyle of optimal physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.  All of that contributes to improved fertility. 

Because it's a lifestyle, there's no end point.  Ideally, it should never end cuz you care enough about your long-term health that you're willing to make the investment in it.

The definitive physical end points are when menopause sets in or your period becomes so unpredictable due to impending menopause that you can't figure out when you're ovulating. 

If neither of those 2 points apply to you, then the GPS program will likely help improve your fertility.  But it can take months or even years.  

It depends on a lot of things...

  • Your commitment
  • The speed at which you implement changes
  • Your body's response to the changes - yes, your age matters cuz the older you are, the longer it takes to respond

This is a marathon, not a sprint.  It requires endurance, training of body and mind, resilience, and focus.

But if you can hang in there and you're rewarded for your efforts, would you regret the journey?  I don't think so...

Enough nattering for now, for more info about my online GPS (Get Pregnant & Stay pregnant) Fertility Program, hop on over here... zenfertility.com/gps

Julie Chang,
Natural Fertility Eggspurt

The Real Deal:

  • Natural Fertility Coach
  • Licensed Fertility Acupuncturist for 18 years
  • Master in Traditional Oriental Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S. Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA

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