Fertility and conception

Fertility facts

Pregnancy begins when a sperm and egg meet in a woman's fallopian tubes.

Trying to get pregnant

If you're trying to get pregnant, keep it simple: plenty of unprotected sex is the best way.

Protect your fertility

A healthy lifestyle will help protect your fertility. But female fertility still declines fast after the age of 35.

IVF explained

IVF can be stressful, but it offers hope to some of those who may not otherwise get pregnant.

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Facts to consider when using donor sperm, including how to choose a donor, your rights and how to find a fertility clinic.

Is IVF right for you?

IVF isn't always the solution to fertility problems. Find out how to make an informed choice.

'Third time lucky with IVF'

Clare had successful IVF at a private clinic after experiencing fertility problems and trying for a baby for several years.

'Pregnant first time after IVF'

Ashley had IVF on the NHS. She describes her experience.

Julie's story: 'I accept I'll never have a baby'

Julie is 'involuntarily childless' and has accepted that she and her husband will never have children.

'We adopted after IVF'

New dad Andrew talks about adopting his two-year-old son and shares tips for other adopters.

Male sexual problems

Summary of male sexual problems, such as not being able to get or keep and erection, and premature ejaculation. Links to in-depth information.

Female sexual problems

Orgasm problems, pain during sex, loss of desire and where to get help and support. With video.

Menopause: the facts

Up to 80% of women have hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Support if you have fertility problems

Fertility problems can leave you emotionally drained. Find out how to get support

Fertility tests

Find out what your GP can do if you're having problems getting pregnant

Fertility treatments

Find out about the different treatments for infertility, such as surgery, IVF and drugs to stimulate ovulation

'My periods stopped at 17'

Johanna had an early menopause as a result of premature ovarian failure at the age of 17

Know your menstrual cycle

Find out about what happens, including ovulation, periods and the fertile time