Infertility is incredibly common, 1 in 6 couples will be affected. If you consider that 1 to 2% of babies are born each year in the UK following IVF/ICSI alone (and this is only one form of assisted conception), you will appreciate that your situation is not uncommon. For many couples getting pregnant will not be easy.
We would consider you to be affected by infertility if, as a couple, you have not conceived naturally after a year of regular unprotected intercourse. This time scale will be shorter, 6 months or less, if the prospective mother is over 35 years, has irregular cycles or any underlying pathology such as pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis, or if your partner has a low sperm count.
Both partners will need to go through a comprehensive assessment, blood tests, semen analysis, pelvic scan and a thorough discussion of your history to fully understand the issues that are leading to current infertility. Tests for female infertility and a semen analysis should start immediately. Because male factor infertility can account for approximately 50% of all cases, it is important for both partners to attend the initial consultation.