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Fertility Guide Overview

Infertility is typically defined
as the inability to achieve pregnancy
after one year of unprotected intercourse.

Read on to understand how IVF London can help.


There are many potential causes of infertility, with problems affecting the man as well as the woman and in many cases; both partners could be affected without having necessarily noticing any prior symptoms.

The great news is that the majority of couples who seek support from a fertility specialist do realise their dream of starting a family.

Key Facts
  • Around 1 in 6 couples have difficulty conceiving.
  • Infertility affects almost 3.5 million people In the UK
  • Male factor infertility is identified in over 40% of cases
  • Approximately 15% of infertility cases remain unexplained
Trying for a year?

If you have been trying to conceive for a year or more, you will be encouraged by your doctor to consider an infertility evaluation.

35 years or older

If you are age 35 or older and have been trying for at least six months, you should consider an evaluation so as not to delay any required treatment.

Medical Treatment

If you have undergone any medical treatment for an illness, your consultant will have advised you about the possibility of the treatment impacting your reproductive organs. Cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery on reproductive organs, including the ovaries or testicles will impact your fertility, as will some hormone treatments. Different types of treatments will have different effects.

Listen to your body

If you have any reason to suspect an underlying health problem, you may wish to seek fertility assistance earlier. For example, if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition such as PCOS or Endometriosis, or you have noticed that you have irregular menstrual cycles or bleeding.

Checking your Fertility Status

Whilst you may not yet be ready to start a family but wish to consider forward-planning, you can opt to have a Fertility Wellness Check to assess whether you are likely to encounter any problems conceiving later on in life.

Fertility Preservation

Cryopreservation is an increasingly popular option for those wishing to preserve their fertility until the decide to start a family, be it when they have found the right life partner, want to wait until later on in their career, or even prior to a course of treatment for a serious illness. This option is available to men and women individually or to couples who have recently undergone an embryo transfer and have good quality embryos remaining that they wish to store for a further treatment.

Whatever your requirements, our dedicated fertility specialists are here to help and can diagnose any problems you may be having, to support your unique family planning requirements and provide you with a personalised treatment pathway.

Read more about Male Infertility Factors, Female Infertility Factors and Lifestyle Factors.

Why Choose IVF London?

Here are some facts about your fertility journey with us that we’d like to share with you:

Every evaluation and treatment plan is uniquely tailored to meet your individual needs

You will have access to leading professionals, with over 35 years combined expertise, providing you with confidence and reassurance in your fertility diagnosis and subsequent treatment

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in fertility, urology, nutrition, counselling, genetics, endocrinology, haematology and weight management to provide a comprehensive range of support as and when you need it

We will work with you closely to understand your individual circumstances, identify any problems and agree with you, the best course of action to help make your dream a reality

We will always be honest and open about your chances of success with treatment.

Your comfort and care is always our top priority

Our focus remains entirely on you as an individual, your unique needs and your wellbeing

All investigations and treatments are provided within our new state-of-the-art clinic based in Elstree which offers a spacious environment with comfortable surroundings, to enhance your care and experience. We offer investigations and scans at our satellite locations too.

Our friendly consultant-led team is here to support you at every step throughout your fertility journey

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