Fertility issues and difficulty conceiving

Being able to conceive is generally taken for granted. But estimates have been made that as many as one in seven couples experience difficulty or delay in conceiving.1

Are you worried about your fertility?

Many people have no idea that they have fertility issues until they start trying for a baby, and the causes of infertility can sometimes be hard to establish. However, at this stage, signs and symptoms can indicate issues. For women, irregular, painful or heavy periods could indicate a problem. For men, it may be an inability to ejaculate properly or problems with their sperm count, for example. For those unable to conceive, the most crucial element to understand is that infertility is simply a symptom. The causes of infertility are numerous, and identifying the specific barrier to conception is of paramount importance.

Watch Mr David Chui, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, discusses signs and symptoms, and the various treatment options available for people who are having difficulty conceiving.

What to do if you think you have fertility issues?

Infertility cannot be officially confirmed until you have been trying to conceive through unprotected sex for at least a year, at which point you can see a GP who may refer you to a fertility specialist.

BMI Healthcare - the largest private provider of fertility services

With 11 Assisted Conception Units, BMI Healthcare is the largest private provider of fertility services in the UK. At these units, our teams of specialists are on-hand to offer fertility tests for you and your partner. These will help to pinpoint the reason why you’re finding it hard to conceive – and, where possible, identify an appropriate treatment programme that is tailor-made to give you the best chance of success.

What are the common treatments?

There are a number of treatments available once your specific problem has been identified. Fertility drugs are usually the first treatment for women who aren’t ovulating. Sometimes assisted reproduction treatments are also suggested, including the most well-known treatment, IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation), when eggs and sperm are collected and fertilised in the laboratory before the resulting embryo is transferred to the womb.

How BMI Healthcare can help?

At BMI, from diagnosis to treatment, we’re here to provide the very best in individual care. Contact our helpline advisors for further information on the full range of treatments available and clinic success rates, or visit our website at www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/fertility

There are a number of treatments available once your specific problem has been identified.

1 - Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority