Starting a family is not always a straightforward affair. In fact, one in seven couples in the UK experience problems with infertility. For couples struggling on only to face disappointment month after month, conceiving can be a devastating time, causing emotional distress and putting strain on relationships.

Seek specialist help if having difficulty conceiving

There are many underlying causes of infertility, but until these are diagnosed, no targeted treatment can be prescribed. The sooner you can see a fertility expert, the sooner you can hope to have some answers – although it is important to bear in mind that some cases of infertility remain, frustratingly, unexplained. Age does not improve our fertility so prompt action is advisable.

London female gynaecologist Miss Amanda Tozer sees many couples who are desperate to conceive, and with both her specialist knowledge and compassionate, personalised approach, she has helped them through the potentially bewildering process of fertility treatment. During a consultation at Amanda Tozer’s Harley Street clinic in London, you and your partner will undergo diagnostic tests, the results of which will be quickly available.

What are the common causes of infertility?

There are many possible factors adversely affecting fertility. For women, these include ovulation disorders (e.g. premature ovarian failure, PCOS, thyroid function), damaged fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), endometriosis, fibroids, and cervical mucus defect. For men, their fertility may be hampered by low sperm count or decreased sperm mobility, or testicular damage. The underlying cause of your infertility may be lifestyle factors: being very over- or underweight, often stressed, a smoker or having a history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can all play a part.

The important thing is to seek specialist help to find out if there is a reason for your not having conceived thus far. Knowing what it is, and if it is treatable, means you are better able to move on from worrying in the dark to embarking on positive action.