Sadly, difficulty in conceiving is becoming increasingly common, affecting over 3.5 million people in the UK and Ireland. One definition often used is when a couple cannot conceive despite having regular unprotected sex for two years.
There are many potential causes of infertility, and can affect either the man or the woman. However, it is not always possible to identify the reason, and in around 20-30% of cases the causes remain unexplained.
However there is a substantial amount of evidence that there are several important steps you can both take to help your fertility, and prepare yourself for pregnancy. And if natural conception fails, these steps will also ensure that you are in the best physical health for any assisted conception, should you go down that route.
Broadly the actions fit into five steps: correcting diet, lifestyle, supplements, removing hazards and the use of complementary therapies, including acupuncture. These actions are equally important for both partners.
• Fertility issues for both men and women
• Support for assisted reproductive techniques (eg IVF)
• Recurrent miscarriage