Fertility and conception

Fertility facts

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

Periods and fertility in the menstrual cycle

What happens during the menstrual cycle, including ovulation, periods and when you can 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.

'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 an 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.

Menopause: the facts

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

Early menopause: Johanna's story

Johanna was 17 when doctors told her she had suffered premature ovarian failure.

Support if you have fertility problems

Fertility problems can cause difficult feelings. Find out how you can get support, including counselling at your fertility clinic and support from infertility support groups.

Fertility tests

Read about the initial assessment you and your partner will have if you're having fertility problems. Plus, find out about the various tests that may be carried out.

Fertility treatments

Find out about common treatments for infertility, such as IVF, surgery, and ovulation stimulation drugs to improve fertility, if you're having problems getting pregnant.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you