Help is at hand for those struggling to conceive

With National Fertility Awareness Week coming up on November 2, this week in Health, lead consultant Dr Alka Prakash from Cambridge IVF looks at the typical stages for those trying to conceive and how the NHS can help

Cambridge News health supplement | 19.10.15

Trying to conceive | 0-12 months

Generally speaking the chances of a woman becoming pregnant during each cycle will be between 15% and 25%. This means if you are trying for several months to get pregnant it is quite normal and not necessarily a sign of a problem.

The likelihood of becoming pregnant is subject to several factors, some of which are within your control...

Still not pregnant 12 | 18 months

Most women will have become pregnant by this point provided they have been trying frequently. If you have not conceived at this point then the NHS can offer support and advice via your GP. 

Your GP will assess your situation and provide relevant guidance towards your next steps...

Further investigations | 18-36 months

You will continue trying to conceive naturally but at this point you may have been referred to the hospital for further tests to help identify any underlying cause and suitable treatment to help enable conception.

Your consultant will review male and female factors affecting fertility and organise appropriate tests before advising on further action...

Considering IVF | 36 months+

IF you’ve been trying to conceive for three years or more you may be eligible for NHS-funded IVF treatment, although with certain medical conditions, you may be able to access NHS-funded IVF sooner than this.

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19 October 2015

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