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.

Is IVF right for you?

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

IVF and the risks of multiple pregnancy

Fertility treatments have led to an increase in births of multiples, but there are risks with multiple pregnancies.

'Third time lucky with IVF'

After seven years of trying for a baby, Clare, 37, gave birth to Alexander after successful IVF.

'Pregnant first time after IVF'

Ashley, 28, underwent 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

An expert explains the causes and treatments of erection problems and premature ejaculation. With videos.

Female sexual problems

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

Menopause: the facts

It's estimated that 70% of women have hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Tools

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 due to premature ovarian failure at the age of 17

Good sex

How to have a fulfilling sex life, including sex tips, and talking to your partner

Know your menstrual cycle

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