The most important factor determining your fertility is the quality of your sperm. Sometimes, just a few simple lifestyle changes and a healthy diet maybe all that is required to improve your chances of conception. If it is taking a long time for your partner to conceive, a little assistance with artificial insemination (IUI) may help speed things up. Infections can be easily treated with antibiotics, and if you have problems with sexual intercourse such as erectile dysfunction, you may find hypnotherapy helpful. You may need referral to an urologist for further investigation, particularly if you have a varicocoele or prostatitis, or if you have a very low sperm count. If you have nerve damage such as spinal cord injury, then sperm can be retrieved from a retrograde ejaculation sample and if there are no sperm in the ejaculate, then it may be possible to find sperm in the testes using surgical retrieval. This service is provided in conjunction with our Consultant Urologist colleagues. If you have no sperm in your ejaculate and it is not possible to find sperm in the testes, then we do offer a sperm donation (DI) programme . We can provide you and your partner with all the support you need to help you come to terms with your situation and help you move forward.
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you feel you would like confidential counselling in the first instance.