For heterosexual couples:
Your GP may arrange a blood test to confirm ovulation is taking place, and a semenanalysis. If you meet the eligibility criteria, your GP can refer you for a consultation with a fertility specialist, or you can make a private appointment.
What to discuss with your doctor:
Lifestyle, especially alcohol, caffeine, drugs, exercise, weight gain or loss, smoking, and taking folic acid
Your doctor should offer prompt referral to a fertility specialist if any of the following applies:
- Any abnormal or unusual findings from your medical history, examination or tests
- You have been trying for more than 12 months
- You have been trying for more than 6 months and the woman is younger than 27 or older than 35
- Close members of your family having had menopause before the age of 40
- Two or more consecutive miscarriages
Types of referral which should be offered
Offer of public referral to a fertility clinic if you meet the eligibility criteria (the consultation is free, but you may need to wait)
(For this type of referral, the preliminary tests need to be finished. In some areas there are extra restrictions around the woman’s age and BMI that tie in with eligibility for publicly funded treatment)
Offer of private referral to fertility specialist or clinic (you pay for the consultation)
You can make an appointment with a fertility specialist without a GP referral at any time if you want prompt action taken.
See your doctor straight away if you exhibit any of the following symptoms: