Infertility

Infertility is when a couple struggle to conceive.

 

About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within a year if they have regular unprotected sex (every couple of days). Some people fall pregnant quicker than others but if you are still trying after a year then it is advised to get checked over by a Gynaecologist Consultant. 

Types of infertility:

  • primary infertility – where someone who's never conceived a child in the past has difficulty conceiving

  • secondary infertility – where someone has had 1 or more pregnancies in the past, but is having difficulty conceiving again

Fertility tests

Samples of your blood can be tested for a hormone called progesterone to check whether you're ovulating.

An ultrasound scan can also be used to check your ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes as some conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis can prevent pregnancy.

Treatments

Fertility treatments include:

  • medicine to help regulate ovulation

  • surgical procedures such as treatment for endometriosis, repair of the fallopian tubes, or removal of scarring (adhesions) within the uterus

  • assisted conception such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF