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I was flawed, numb. For a long time I didn’t know what to do next. I couldn’t quite believe it was happening to me. It took me a long time to pick myself back up off the floor and see that there could be another way.
One in six couples has trouble conceiving, and this number is only set to get bigger as both men and women chose to postpone childbearing until later in life. Up to a third of people have what we call unexplained infertility, with no obvious clinical cause found despite multiple investigations.
Ask any UK IVF patient why they went abroad for treatment and most will say to find a cheaper clinic. Of course, the right combination of price and quality of treatment is the ideal solution, but does this really exist?
Men are often the neglected and forgotten part of infertility. Male infertility is under reported, because of the barriers to going to see the doctor in the first place, and therefore not investigated as much as it should be.
Research shows that fertility rates in the UK are dropping and it is estimated that one in six couples in Western countries experience fertility problems and this number is growing.