Can Trying to Conceive Take a Toll on Your Relationship?

When a couple decides to start trying for a baby, it usually starts off with weeks of exciting bedroom “sessions” because hey, having LOTS of sex equals a baby right away, doesn’t it? In actuality, the average chance to conceive for a normally fertile, healthy, young couple having regular, unprotected sex is approximately 20% each month. 20%! So while you think becoming pregnant may happen instantly, it can actually take a while. In fact, according to a recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Proxeed plus, among new fathers surveyed, 3 in 10 (30%) say the length of time to conceive took longer than expected.1

Most people think that the big scary I-word (that’s right, “infertility”) only applies to couples who have been trying for years, or if one or both partners have a unique or uncommon medical condition that affects their ability to have children. WRONG! Infertility actually occurs when a couple is unable to conceive after only one year of unprotected sex.† It’s a more common problem than people like to talk about, and it can naturally begin to take a toll on your relationship as months (or years) pass by without conceiving.

It’s not unusual for someone to feel like they’re letting down their partner every time the pregnancy test comes up negative. Following months of TTC (trying to conceive) with no results is often when one partner begins to wonder if something is wrong with their reproductive health.

Of course, age and overall health are factors for most human beings TTC but what’s less known is that about 50% of infertility2 can be attributed to the male factor alone .† That’s why it’s so important for BOTH partners to be seen by a doctor BEFORE TTC. This will allow an opportunity to evaluate both parties and identify any potential or existing problems (if there are any), and make corrections and suggestions that may improve your chances for conception – right from the start.

Baby making can be a fun time that brings you and your partner closer — no matter what struggles come your way. The more you understand, the more you can support each other along the way with making healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise, proper nutrition, and taking a prenatal vitamin for her and Proxeed Plus† male fertility supplement. Learn more about Proxeed plus and order online at Use the code “SPERM” at checkout for $10 off your order.

± †These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  1. Harris Poll conducted this study on behalf of Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 and 13, 2015, among 400 fathers ages 23-55 with a biological child under the age of 1 year old (“new fathers”). Data are weighted where necessary by age, race/ethnicity, region, education, income, and propensity to be online to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population.