About Infertility

What is infertility?

Infertility is a term used in reference to a couple who may be struggling to reach a pregnancy, although they are having unprotected sex regularly, and at the relevant times in the woman’s cycle.

Problems conceiving can happen if a woman has never gotten pregnant before, which is referred to as primary infertility, or if the women has conceived before, which is called secondary infertility.

While it may be a traumatic time for a couple who appear to be showing signs of infertility, it is a much more common issue than you may think.

Infertility does not necessarily mean that a couple cannot expand their family. There are many different methods of support available to ensure that couples who are experiencing problems can still achieve a conception using infertility treatment.

If signs of infertility are shown, it is a good idea to speak to one of our fertility experts, who will organise professional testing and help you discover more about the problem.

Infertility is diagnosed in different ways depending on gender, and will usually require different examinations and monitoring to help you figure out the cause.

With women, the initial examination will consist of ovulation monitoring, followed by an ultrasound of the uterus which will be able to pick up on any abnormalities or potential issues.

As well as this, hormone testing will take place to check if there are any issues in this area.

Once we have these results, we will be able to see if any further testing is necessary to help understand the issue. This testing can include:

  • Testing of the ovarian reserve
  • A hysteroscopy, or other imaging tests
  • Genetic tests
  • Laparoscopy

Male infertility is diagnosed a little differently. The initial step in diagnosing the cause of the issue will be a general physical examination, followed by the analysis of a sperm sample which will check the health of the sperm.

If this semen analysis shows any abnormalities in number, shape or movement of the sperm, the specialist may recommend additional tests. These tests can include:

  • Advanced sperm analysis
  • Hormone tests
  • Testicular biopsy
  • A scrotal ultrasound
  • Genetic tests

These tests will help to diagnose infertility. Once the cause is determined, a team of specialists can help you to overcome whatever fertility issue you are facing and work with you towards a conception.

There are lots of different factors which can contribute towards infertility, which will depend on the individual and require testing to determine. However, a few of the common causes include:

  • Low quality, or amounts, of semen in men
  • Irregular ovulation in women
  • Blockages or damage in the fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis
  • Certain cancer treatments can damage the fertility
  • Early menopause

While signs of infertility can originally cause despair and stress in an individual, it is comforting to know that with the help of specialists, it is still possible to overcome these issues and start a family.

It can be difficult to know when to visit a specialist to seek infertility treatment, as this can often depend on the individual.

But one of the factors which will play a huge role in determining when is right to get support, is age.

The differing ages and lengths of time trying to conceive before visiting a specialist are shown below:

Women under 30 After 1 year without success
Women 30-39 After 6 months without success
Women 39+ As soon as possible
Men over 40 As soon as possible

Seeing a specialist according to these guidelines, will allow for any infertility problems to be identified and worked through as early as possible.

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Female Infertility

When the problems with conception are found with the woman’s fertility, there are several different treatments available.

These range from ovulation induction, which will use fertility drugs to help stimulate the development of mature follicles in a woman who is not developing and releasing eggs of her own, to IVF which will fertilise an egg and place it into a woman’s womb.

Male Infertility

If the problem with the conception is found in the male fertility, options to overcome this include IUI, which will help weaker and less motile sperm to fertilise the egg.

For a full list of fertility treatments that we offer feel free to browse our website.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with our team of specialists who will  be able to assist you in finding a treatment which works for you and help you to take the first step in your fertility journey.

If you would like to find out more about RHG, our facilities or treatments, you can organise a free one to one visit here. Alternatively, you can call us on 01925 202180, and we will be more than happy to assist you with any other advice.

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