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Fertility problems

A range of different issues can make it more difficult to get pregnant.

Both men and women can have problems which affect their fertility, and sometimes both partners have difficulties.

In some cases, it is not clear why a couple are not able to get pregnant. This is known as unexplained infertility.



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A basic guide to some common fertility problems and what they may mean for you.

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What is infertility?


Infertility explained by the British Fertility Society Education Initiative

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Medical conditions

Some of the medical issues which can cause fertility problems and how they are diagnosed.

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Signs and symptoms


Signs and symptoms of infertility from the British Fertility Society Education Initiative

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"Primary" and "secondary" infertility

"Primary infertility" is when a couple have never been able to conceive.

"Secondary fertility" is when people who, having first had a first baby without any difficulty, find they cannot get pregnant again, or may have conceived and had a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.



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