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Having trouble conceiving?
If you are having problems conceiving, then you certainly aren’t alone because as many as one in six couples in the UK are unable to conceive naturally.
It takes around nine months for a couple to achieve a pregnancy. If you have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months unsuccessfully, it’s time to speak to a specialist.
Whether you’re trying for your first baby or are adding to your family, we are experienced at identifying the cause of infertility and helping couples achieve their dream of expanding their family.
Common causes of infertility
For couples having unprotected intercourse, conception is restricted to a short period of two days before and after ovulation. Ovulation in a woman happens on day 14 in a 28 day cycle but may vary if the cycle is irregular.
There can be several causes of subfertility:
- Ovulation disorder
- Problems with follicle growth
- Age and ovarian reserves
- Tubal obstruction
- Uterine (womb) factors
- Immune factors
- Male factor (due to low sperm count or low motility)
Why is it difficult to achieve pregnancy after 35 years?
After 35 years of age, the chromosomes division and separation to form a Haploid germ cells (half) is imperfect. This causes a number of cells containing one less or one more chromosomes resulting in an abnormal off spring e.g. Down’s syndrome.
If one germ cell fails to divide altogether, the whole chromosomes (46) try to complement by combining with half from the male partner’s chromosomes (23) resulting in 69 chromosomes (Triploidy) which often ends up in miscarriages.