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Infertility is defined as failure to conceive after regular unprotected intercourse for 2 years in the absence of known reproductive pathology. One in six couples experiences difficulty conceiving and may experience considerable psychological distress. NICE states that a woman of reproductive age who has not conceived after 1 year of unprotected vaginal sexual intercourse, in the absence of any known cause of infertility, should be offered further assessment and investigation (along with her partner), with earlier referral to a specialist if the woman is over 36 years of age.

The Practising Midwife featured articles

Midwifery Basics, Use of Technology in Childbirth: Assisted Conception 2011;14 (11): 35 Author: Helen Baston

Fearful pregnancy: the legacy of fertility treatment 2012; 15(11): 5 Author: Kate Brian

Further reading

NICE CG156 (2013) Fertility: assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems. Guideline and pathway


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