About fertility

Infertility can be due to a number of causes. These include problems with eggs (a reduced store or failure to release), blocked fallopian tubes or low numbers of sperm. At our Women's hospital, we will investigate all possible causes to allow us to develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs.

In one in four couples, there is no identifiable cause for infertility despite thorough investigations but, even in this situation, we will still be able to help you with various treatment options.

Fertility in women

Every month a fertile woman releases an egg and her body prepares for a fertilised egg to implant. 

Fertility in men

The quality and quantity of sperm both have a major impact on fertility. Some men produce low numbers of sperm (oligozoospermia) which reduces the chances of a sperm reaching the egg.

How you can improve your own chances

Whether you are trying to get pregnant without our help, or just want to improve your chances of conception, there are a number of things you can do

Counselling

Being diagnosed with fertility issues is known to be one of the most distressing experiences for anyone who is planning a family.  As well as shock, it may threaten hopes, dreams and how you imagined your family would be.  This fear may bring with it, anxiety and depression.  You may be trying to manage difficult emotions around your relationship, not only with your partner but other relationships too or trying to balance feelings of loss and bereavement.   

Whatever you are feeling, Counselling provides you with an opportunity to talk, openly and confidentially about feelings and experiences in a safe place with someone who will listen and support you.  

Counselling is available from the Fertility department to help you with the many challenges that fertility investigations and treatment can present.  Please read the leaflet for more information:  Birmingham Women’s Fertility Counselling Service.pdf [pdf] 107KB

You can also speak to any team member and they can help you arrange a Counselling appointment.

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