I want to have children, but I am having trouble getting pregnant. Am I infertile?

Hoping to start a family, but struggling to get pregnant? Worried about your fertility and want to know the best way to achieve your dream of having children? Our experts, from the world’s first IVF clinic, can help you find the answers.

Fertility is a complex issue, but there are steps you can take to improve it and realise your dream of having children. Our fertility checks can also help to identify your fertility health and wellbeing, and there are many different treatment options to help you on your way. For more information about how we at Bourn Hall can help, contact one of our East of England clinics, including Cambridge, Colchester, Norwich and Wickford.

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Am I fertility fit?

There are many natural ways to increase fertility in both men and women, helping to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Here are just a few:

1. The secret is in the timing

Many people are unaware that there are only about six days each month when you may get pregnant – the best chance being on the day of ovulation. For women on a regular 28-day cycle, the day of ovulation is normally about 14 days after the start of a period.

2. Reduce alcohol intake and stop smoking

Both alcohol and smoking can have a negative impact on fertility and reproductive health. Stopping smoking and drinking less can help to improve your chances of having a baby.

3. Keep to a healthy weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated using height and weight, and can be an indicator of health. Ideally, your BMI should be below 25. Excess body fat can reduce your chances of becoming pregnant, as it can contribute to low sperm count in men.

4. Eat well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet has many advantages. It helps maintain an ideal body weight, aids the regulation of hormones and improves your fertility health and wellbeing.

Foods such as green leafy vegetables (folic acid, calcium and iron), eggs and dairy (calcium), nuts and seeds (vitamin E, zinc and selenium) and citrus fruits (vitamin C) contain key nutrients needed for healthy fertility.
For more advice on how to improve your fertility naturally, see our Top 10 Tips

If lifestyle changes have not been enough to allow you to conceive, it may be time to think about taking a fertility test. We offer a range of checks which can help our fertility professionals assess your health and offer you personalised advice.