One in six couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
Don’t panic, your fertility journey doesn’t have to be an express service straight to IVF. Some simple changes can improve your chance of conceiving naturally.
Whether you're just starting out or you've been trying for a while, it's important to remember the emotions, worries and thoughts you are trying to deal with are valid and common. You are not alone.
The World Health Organisation predicts that infertility will be the third most serious health condition in the 21st Century
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If you’ve been having regular, unprotected sex for 12 months and you haven’t conceived, then medically, you’re considered to have a fertility problem and we encourage you to seek advice rather than continuing to try to conceive. Here are a few easy steps you and your partner can take to help find out what’s causing the problem.
The biggest factor in your ability to conceive - both naturally and with assisted reproductive techniques - is age. You’re born with all of your eggs and as you age so do they, causing problems with their ability to create a healthy pregnancy and ultimately a baby. Your fertility starts to fall from age 22 but drops more dramatically in your mid-30s. Age impacts male fertility as well; older men take longer to get their partner pregnant.
Being underweight or overweight can impact your fertility - and that includes the guys. So use our Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to check if your weight is in the healthy range which is 18.5 to 24.9 for both men and women. For women, being underweight or overweight affects your ability to ovulate. In men, obesity can lower sperm counts by up to 50 per cent and overweight men are more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction and have a higher rate of DNA fragmentation in sperm.
Do you smoke? Women who smoke cigarettes (and those regularly exposed to passive smoke) are less likely to conceive and more likely to miscarry or have an ectopic pregnancy. Smoking in men has been found to have detrimental effects on sperm DNA. So it’s important that you both stop. Studies also show that regular users of marijuana have a greater risk of infertility compared with those who don’t partake. While the exact number of alcoholic drinks needed to affect your fertility is unclear, the best advice remains to reduce how much you drink to no more than one or two glasses a day or cut it out altogether. Caffeine is another area where there is no hard and fast rule, we recommend not more than two cups of coffee a day.
Do you understand the different phases of your menstrual cycle and the best time for you and your partner to have sex to maximise your chance of conceiving?
Generally this includes a full blood count, blood group, thyroid function tests, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B and C and HIV serology. These blood tests make sure you’re in good shape for conception.
A good guide to ovarian reserve can be gained through the Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) test which is also known as the egg timer test. This test can’t assess the quality of your eggs but it does predict the quantity of eggs you have left. Other hormonal tests include a progesterone assessment to make sure you’re ovulating.
The doctor will want to examine you and your partner’s genital area to detect any abnormalities.
This is the most important investigation for the guys as it lets us see how many sperm are in your semen, how well they swim and to make sure they’re the right shape. You need to abstain from any sexual activity for two to seven days before the semen sample is collected - your doctor will tell you the right amount of time for you.
If the first two tests indicate there might be a problem your doctor is likely to organise blood tests to assess your hormone levels.
If your doctor suspects you might have a problem with your ovaries, uterus or fallopian tubes then he or she is likely to send you off for an ultrasound so they can get a good look at what’s happening. In some cases, the doctor may ask for a testicular ultrasound as well.
You can see your regular GP for help with these steps or make an appointment to see our Fertility Nurse who knows exactly what to look for and how to help couples investigate their fertility in a thorough and timely manner.
If you’re at all worried about your fertility or wondering why you haven't conceived yet, don't wait any longer, come in and have a chat and come up with a plan. Together, you can begin to understand your fertility and choose the right treatment to maximise the potential of having a baby.
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