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InfertilityInfertility is where a couple do not get pregnant despite having regular unprotected sex for a year. Trying to conceive can be an emotional process, so it's important to support each other as much as possible and understand this is something many couples face. Visit your GP if you have been trying for a year or more. Your GP will do an initial assessment and arrange for more tests to identify what could be causing your fertility problems and advise you what to do next.

It's always best for both partners to visit the GP as fertility problems can affect either or both partners.

Giving up smoking can have a big impact on your fertility.

There are a number of treatments available from the NHS to help you conceive. Smoking reduces the chance of fertility treatment working so you and your partner will need to quit and be smokefree for a minimum of 12 weeks before treatment. You're more than four times more likely to quit with support, One You Kent advisers can provide support for up to 12 weeks to help you both break the habit and addiction.

Fertility Network UK offers impartial support for families including lifestyle tips that might help your chances of conceiving. Reach out for support if you’re feeling low or depressed.

Useful resources

  • Causes of infertility from
  • Support and advice for anyone affected by fertility issues from Fertility Network UK
  • One You Kent can support you to go smokefree, lose weight, get active or just feel better about life.