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Having problems conceiving?
An estimated one in seven couples has difficulty conceiving. There are several reasons why it may not be happening naturally.
In men, a fertility problem is usually because of low numbers or poor quality of sperm. Women become less fertile as they grow older. Also, your lifestyle can affect your chances of conceiving, particularly if you are a heavy smoker and are significantly over- or underweight.
Problems affecting women include damage to the fallopian tubes, endometriosis and erratic or absent ovulation.
If you have not been able get pregnant after two years of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse, either one or both of you may have a fertility problem.
However, you do not need to wait that long to seek help. Come in and see one of our doctors. The doctor will take a medical history, give you a physical examination and may recommend some tests or lifestyle changes.
If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, the doctor will offer you a test to check that you are ovulating, and your partner will be offered tests to check his sperm.
If these tests do not reveal a problem, you will be offered further tests to check that your fallopian tubes are not blocked.