Want to know your odds of getting pregnant right now? Not for a one-night stand with a dirty stranger you wouldn’t like sober (because we all know that leads to a baby every time. SARCASM, people). But if you’re TRYING to get pregnant, this is for you.
Scientists from Warwick Medical School in England have figured out a new formula that calculates your odds based on population-wide averages. It looks at your age and how long you’ve been trying to get pregnant.
Basically, if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully for three months, you’re probably looking at MUCH longer odds. A 25-year-old woman has an 18% chance of getting pregnant after three unsuccessful months. That drops to 7% for a 40-year-old.
After one year of unsuccessfully trying, a 25-year-old woman has a 10% chance. A 30-year-old has a 9% chance, and a 40-year-old has a 3% chance.
And after three years, a 25-year-old woman has a 3% chance. The 40-year-old woman only has a 0.5% chance, or about a one-in-200 shot.
The researchers say it debunks the idea that you should wait a YEAR before you get fertility tests. Even after three months it’s worth investigating.