What we treat
Infertility is the term used when, despite having regular intercourse with no contraception, the woman fails to become pregnant. Infertility can be the result of a problem in the cervix, uterus, ovaries and/or fallopian tubes.
There are many causes of fertility problems, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, tubal damage from previous untreated sexually transmitted infections, diabetes and premature menopause.
Fertility problems can occur in men and women so it is important to be checked as a couple.
Different couples take varying lengths of time to conceive. 84% of couples will conceive within a year of trying naturally and approximately 92% within 2 years.
On average people are advised to see their GP if they have not conceived with regular unprotected intercourse after one year, but after 6 months it may be possible to carry out some initial tests, especially if the woman is over 35.
Smoking and alcohol excess can contribute to fertility problems, so it is advised to cut these down or out. Good diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are all factors which may help when trying to conceive. Excluding underlying problems such as untreated infections, PCOS and endometriosis is important as these may be the cause of fertility problems. Keeping a menstrual cycle diary to calculate ovulation may be helpful when trying to conceive and the most effective method is body basal temperature.
There are so many contributing factors to conceiving successfully and it is important to address all of these when approaching fertility problems.
At LHC we ensure there are optimum levels of reproductive hormones. We also address underlying contributing causes of infertility and give you lifestyle advice and support.