Fertility Support FAQs
Are you going to help me get pregnant?
Having a baby is one of those things that we can never have full control over, however there are lots of things we can do to stack the odds in your favour, helping you to access your most fertile state.
Do I need to have been diagnosed with fertility problems to work with you?
No, not at all. In fact it is beneficial to see me early on in your fertility journey so we can identify any non medical issues that may be preventing conception, and begin work to overcome them.
I've been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, does this mean I'll never conceive?
Many women are told they have unexplained infertility and it can be an extremely frustrating diagnosis because it doesn't really tell you anything. The word infertility can leave you feeling like there is no hope, but it is used in this context if you have been unable to conceive after a year. It doesn't mean you will never conceive and there are often plenty of things you can do to help improve your chances.
My partner isn't interested in seeing anyone about our fertility issues. Is this a problem?
No, the only requirement is for your partner to complete my questionnaire before you and I start working together.
How long should we have been trying for a baby before we seek fertility support?
You can see me at any point in your journey and I can help you to access your most fertile state. It is advisable to see your GP if you have been trying for over a year (6 months if you are over 35). If you have any suspicions that you have an issue that may prevent you from getting pregnant, then it is advisable to seek advice as soon as possible.
How often should we be having sex?
It is often recommended that when trying to conceive you should have sex every other day. However for many couples, having sex every other day throughout your whole cycle isn't achievable and begins to make sex feel like a chore and not the special intimate connection it once was for you both. It is therefore a good idea to begin charting your cycle to try and identify the days of your cycle when you are most fertile (see below) and have sex every other day during this time.
How do I know if I am ovulating?
A good indicator that you are ovulating is if you are getting your menstrual cycle on a regular basis. It is a good idea to track your cycle to see how many days it is, and whether it is the same number of days each month. If your cycle is irregular - not coming every month, or lasting a different length of days each time, then this can indicate an imbalance. Another way you can tell if you are ovulating is to track your basel body temperature (BBT) which is your body's resting temperature, best taken as soon as you wake up. When you ovulate, you experience an incease in progesterone which causes your BBT to rise so if you chart your BBT on a daily basis you can spot the temperature rise and that will show you when you ovulated.
If you see a medical professional, they will also usually perform a blood test to check your hormone levels at different times in your cycle.
How do I know when I am fertile?
Women are most fertile around the time of ovulation, a day or so either side. For the majority of women, they will ovulate approximately 14 days before the end of their cycle so to begin with you can use this as a guide. However there are other signs that can help you to tell.
One of the easiest ways is to track your cervical mucus. Your cervical mucus changes throughout your cycle, once your bleeding stops it is usually sticky, then it becomes more creamy, then watery and then your most fertile mucus is the consistency of raw egg white. Once you have ovulated, it returns back to a more sticky state towards the end of your cycle. If you track the changes throughout your cycle, you should be able to identify the days when you are most fertile.
You can also use an ovulation predictor kit which uses your urine to detect hormonal changes and this can give you an idea of when you are going to ovulate so you know which days are your most fertile.
We have a child but are having difficulty conceiving number 2, what should we do?
A lot of couples experience what is known as 'secondary infertility' where they struggle to conceive their second or subsequent child. There can be many factors involved and there are many things we can work through to help improve your chances of conceiving.