“We tried for years and years to have a baby. It started with visits to the GP, then there was 18 months of temperature taking, then courses of fertility drugs, followed by two failed attempts at IVF.

Infertility is most commonly caused by problems with ovulation (the monthly release of an egg). Some problems stop women releasing eggs at all, and some cause an egg to be released during some cycles, but not others.

Ovulation problems can occur as a result of many conditions


-Weight gain
-Varicose veins
-Mood swings & depression around cycle time

Infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex.

Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.

Approximately 20% of couples struggling to get pregnant are told they have "unexplained infertility." After examinations and tests, the doctor states there is no known medical reason to explain why they haven’t conceived. Hearing this, many couples feel a great sense of frustration and think "if everything is okay, then why isn't it working."

The IVF technique was developed in the 1970s. It may differ slightly from clinic to clinic but a typical treatment is as follows.

For women
Step one: suppressing the natural monthly cycle