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Infertility

Infertility is when you fail to get pregnant even though you are having regular unprotected sex over a sustained period of time.  

Doctors generally recommend that if you are under 35 you should wait for one year before seeking help but if you are over 35 and have not conceived within 6 months you should seek help. 

Infertility investigations for may start earlier than this, especially if menstrual cycles are irregular or absent.


There are two types of infertility:

  • Primary infertility, in couples who have never conceived despite repeated attempts
  • Secondary infertility, in couples who have previously conceived but are now having difficulty.



Try our fertility questionnaire to see if you should look for help.


Should I seek help for fertility? 

About you and your partner

 YES    NO 

Have you been trying to get pregnant for over a year without success?

   

Are you over 35? 

   

Are you overweight or underweight?

   

Are your periods painful?

   

Are you or your partner worried that you have not yet conceived?

   

Have you or your partner been in a prior relationship in which attempted conception did not occur? 

   

Are you and your partner unable to make love on a regular basis?

   

Your medical background 

   

Do you have irregular periods? (for example is your cycle shorter than 24 days or longer than 35 days?)

   

Have you had any major abdominal surgery? 

   

Have you ever had an ectopic pregnancy?

   

Have you ever had Chlamydia or pelvic inflammatory disease?

   

Have you noticed any milk being discharged from your breasts?

   

Do you have Cushing’s disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder?

   

Your partner’s medical background 

   

Has your partner had any testicular surgery or suffered from a testicular injury?

   

Has your partner ever had mumps?

   

Does your partner have difficulty making love

   

Does your partner have problems ejaculating?

   


If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, it doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong.

However you could save yourself some time and worry by talking to one of our fertility consultants. 

Read about female infertility
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To find out more or to make an appointment call us on 01277 289401 or email essex@londonwomensclinic.com
 

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