Infertility is often a condition that is experienced quietly, leaving people feeling isolated and alone. It is important to remember that 1 in 7 couples are unable to conceive across the UK, meaning this is not an uncommon condition. With so many people potentially suffering and not knowing where to access support or guidance, National Infertility Awareness Week could not be more vital.
If you have been experiencing possible symptoms of infertility, it is important to book yourself an appointment and check your fertility. The longer signs of infertility are ignored, the less likely you will be to naturally conceive throughout your adult life.
There are two types of infertility that anyone can experience.
- Primary infertility – you have never conceived before and have not yet been able to do so.
- Secondary infertility – you have previously conceived but are having difficulties doing so again.
When experiencing infertility, you may feel that this is the end of the road for your family ambitions, but this is not the case. There are some fertility treatments available including medical treatments, surgical procedures or assisted conception (IVF). These treatments may improve your ability to conceive, but will depend on your personal circumstances.
Sometimes, people want to know the cause of their infertility, but it is not always clear. Some possible causes of infertility can be low sperm count, lack of regular ovulation or endometriosis. There can also be risk factors to consider such as stress, smoking, alcohol, age, weight and environmental factors. You can talk through any concerns and risks with your GP when understanding your infertility condition.
Community Support - Let's Talk Fertility?
When suffering with infertility, you may feel isolated or alone. You don’t have to be. It is important to find community support, whether this is online or not. There are many communities out there that can provide you with support throughout your infertility experience, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally.
You can find your local support networks using the following websites, helping connect you online with others in the same position as you.
Don’t hide yourself away, reach out for support today and find yourself a new community to feel comfortable, a part of and a place to talk to others.
How Ultrasound Care Can Help You
Ultrasound Care have three clinics across England – Birmingham, Bromsgrove and London. All clinics are able to provide the outstanding levels of care and support for each individual client, giving them a safe space to come and find out more about their health and well-being.
Ultrasound Care offer a Fertility Scan as part of gynaecology, giving women the ability to discover more about their fertility or infertility, hopefully finding an early diagnosis, if any at all.
Our Fertility Scan will check for the presence of the uterus and ovaries, providing information on the uterus, ovaries and endometrial lining. It may also be possible to give an estimated ovulation date, follicle tracking and measure the endometrial thickness, all of which can provide information on your fertility chances.
To find out more about the Fertility Scan, or any diagnostic scans available from Ultrasound Care, please do not hesitate to contact your local clinic today. Alternatively, you can book online with us at a time of your convenience.
Don’t leave it too long, find out more about your fertility today.
National Infertility Awareness Week 2023 takes place during the last week of April.