Sometimes things in life don't go according to plan. Once you've made the big decision to try for a baby it can seem like the hard part is over, but for some couples that's just the beginning of the journey.
To find out the basics for conceiving we asked, Valentine Akande, fertility expert at Spire Bristol Hospital, to reveal his top 5 tips for women who are just starting out on the baby-making road.
He told us, "Around one in six couples have difficulty conceiving and the causes of fertility problems vary – common causes in women include lack of regular ovulation (the monthly release of an egg), blockage of the fallopian tubes and endometriosis, although in 25-30% of cases the cause is unexplained. In men, the most common cause is poor quality of semen."
Take a look at these simple tips to maximise your chances of conceiving...
If you need more professional advice, a fertility specialist will be able to help you choose the best option for you. Options include: Medical treatment for lack of regular ovulation, surgical procedures, such as treatment for endometriosis, blocked tubes, fibroids or ovarian cysts and assisted conception, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
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