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Infertile Couples Left In The Dark Over Cause

Women who are having difficulties conceiving are often left in the dark as to the reason why they’re failing to get pregnant and are told to keep trying for two years before seeking treatment, according to a new survey.

The poll, carried out by OvuSense, found that 40% of women with fertility issues leave their GP with no explanation as to why they are unable to get pregnant, and 70% don’t know if they are ovulating in each of their cycles.
Out of the 500 women with known fertility issues, questioned as part of the survey, many were told they may have common issues such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, but were given no formal diagnosis for the condition.

Clinical evidence form a series of studies indicates that up to 20% of women have PCOS – the most common cause of ovulatory problems - but that up to half of all cases go undetected.  

The current NICE (National Institute for Health And Care Excellence) guidelines state that women under the age of 35 who approach their GP with concerns about their fertility should continue trying to conceive for two years before being considered for treatment on the NHS.


Statistics from the body which regulates IVF treatment in the UK show that over 40% of couples reach the end of that pathway with 'unexplained infertility'. Two in five of those receiving each £5000 IVF cycle at an estimated annual cost of £120m to the NHS don’t know why they can't get pregnant naturally - and neither do clinicians.

Did you have trouble conceiving – and did you get the help you needed? Let us know below.

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