Infertility and assisted pregnancy
Sometimes people will find conceiving tricky and will require a helping hand to get pregnant. There are many causes and factors that can affect you or your partner that can lead to both female and male infertility. These include being overweight, smoking, STIs and even high levels of stress. For some of these it’s possible that a lifestyle change will be enough to get you pregnant, but it can also be that further treatment is required to help you out.
The good news is that there are a number of treatments available that can help you overcome infertility and get pregnant. The first thing you’ll want to do is see your doctor who will be able to discuss your options with you. They’ll take into account how long you’ve been trying, your age and other lifestyle choices and health factors, to recommend the best course of action for you and your partner.
Treatments available including fertility drugs, IVF, ICSI, and IUI. Fertility treatment funded by the NHS varies across the UK there can often be long waiting lists so it’s a good idea to chat to your doctor to see which are available to you and in what time frame. It’s also possible to pay privately for fertility treatment, this can be costly and comes with no guarantee, but it’ll mean quicker access to a wider range of treatments.
Finding a fertility clinic that’s right for you is very important to ensure you’re comfortable and as stress free as possible during the treatment. Things to consider include what treatments they offer, what their success rate is and how long the waiting lists are.
Going through any kind of fertility treatment can be a very emotional and stressful time. We’ve put together a few ways you can keep your emotions in check and stay strong during your treatment. It’s also important to ensure your relationship with your partner stays strong during this process.