What is Fertility?
Fertility is the ability to reproduce naturally as a result of sexual intercourse. For men this means they can father children, for women it means they can get pregnant and carry their baby to full term with a live birth roughly nine months after conception.
What is Infertility?
Infertility occurs when a couple cannot get pregnant or conceive, despite having unprotected sex. Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the U.K.
For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than three years without success, the likelihood of pregnancy occurring within the next year is 25% or less.
If you have been trying for a year to get pregnant with no success it is worth going to see your GP. Depending on yours and your partner’s history; the GP may arrange for some simple tests or they may refer you straight to us.
There are many reasons why you and your partner may be having difficulty.
There are two types of infertility:
- Primary infertility – is present if there has been no previous pregnancies at all and is now struggling to get pregnant
- Secondary infertility – is present where a person has had one or more pregnancies in the past, but is having difficulty conceiving again
Infertility can affect both men and women. Quite often there will be a combination of male and female factors contributing to the infertility having a baby.