A woman trying to conceive will get plenty of advice. "Just relax and it will happen" or "go on a holiday and it will happen".
Well-meaning sentiments sometimes wear thin when each month goes by without a second strip on your pregnancy test.
Health problems that reduce your fertility are common but are usually highly treatable. If you have been trying to conceive for more than a year or if you have an irregular cycle or pelvic pain, or if your partner has a concern about his own fertility then it is time to get some help.
Fertility assessment starts with taking your gynae history to rule out issues such as pelvic pain or past infections.
Your partner may need to give a semen sample to confirm sperm in normal numbers with good, active swimmers.
If there are some irregularities to your cycle it may suggest a problem with ovulation, the production of eggs in the ovaries. Blood tests and cycle charting are used to confirm ovulation. If you need help to bring on ovulation, medication is used and the effect carefully monitored.
Fertility problems are common but we can usually help. We offer an affordable ovulation induction package. Talk with your GP and to discuss your options with me, please make an appointment.
Remember - all surgical procedures have risks. Your suitability for any operation should be discussed with your GP and specialist.