For her: Before you even begin TTC you may need some guidance about how and when to come off your current contraception. There is some conflicting information about how long it takes for your body to be fertile after stopping contraception. Your doctor can advise you about your specific contraception and when you would expect to be ovulating again after stopping contraception.
For both: It is always best if you are planning to start on your TTC journey that you are in the best health you can be, so if you are experiencing any symptoms or have been putting off seeing your doctor, now is the time to get a health check-up. If you are concerned that you may have been in contact with someone with an STI in your past, even if you are not experiencing symptoms, sexual health screening is a great place to start.
After 12 months of TTC, if you still haven't become pregnant, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your TTC journey.
You should make an appointment to see your doctor sooner if:
- you are TTC and the woman is aged 36 or older
- regardless of your age, you have any other reason to be concerned about your fertility such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or previous cancer treatment
Further resources on www.drfertility.co.uk:
- Spermbanter video series with Professor Allan Pacey for male fertility
- Cyclesavvy video series with Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse Consultant; to help you get in tune with your cycle
- PCOSPower video series with Kate Davies, Fertility Nurse Consultant; if you want to learn more about PCOS and how to manage it
- Our guide to pregnancy tests
- Our guide to ovulation tests
Dr Fertility services
Whether you are just starting out on your fertility journey, or you have been trying for some time, you may find it beneficial to talk to one of our fertility experts. They can offer professional medical advice that is tailored to you to support you on your next steps.
Why choose a Dr Fertility service?
Fertility support at your convenience
All our services are remote consultations held over a video link, so you get that expert advice from the comfort of your own home. You are not on a waiting list; you choose the time that best suits you and you choose which clinician you would like from our panel of experts.
We take time to listen
We know that we can’t possibly understand all your needs in a short consultation, so we allow up to 60 minutes for our consultations. This gives you time to tell your story and our clinicians time to investigate what steps you have already taken and what you would like to get out of the consultation.
We tailor all consultations to meet your specific requirements. We ask all patients to complete a pre-consultation questionnaire so that our clinicians know as much as they can about your fertility journey so far, allowing you to get the most out of your consultation time.
Our clinicians really know their stuff
All our clinicians are UK registered healthcare professional who have specialised in fertility. This is so valuable as they have extensive and up to date knowledge on fertility issues allowing them to provide you with the advice you need to take your next steps.
What is the difference between the different clinicians?
We want you to have the support you need to help you on your fertility journey which is why we don’t just have doctors providing our service. We are proud to have nurses, nurse consultants and coaching experts.
We have a wide range of clinicians and price points because for us it is all about choice, your choice.
Everyone’s fertility journey is unique to them and the approach that we take will be tailored to your needs. Some people just want to know the facts and where they stand, others will have experienced emotional trauma that requires a different approach and there are some who may have more complex issues that need specialist support and guidance.
Our clinicians work collaboratively together and can refer between each other so that you get the right level of service for you.
What type of issues do you cover?
Our remote fertility services can be tailored to your specific needs. Our services may be the only support you are using on your TTC journey or they can complement other services you may be getting elsewhere. We understand how fertility can be a complex issue that raises a lot of questions. We are there to help you to better understand your fertility potential and support you on you onward fertility journey, whichever way we can.
1. NHS. Infertility Diagnosis. [Online content accessed 01.12.20] - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/infertility/diagnosis
Last updated 29/01/2021 Next review due 29/01/2024