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Fertility Guide for Partners

Guides to help you understand how best to support your partner through fertility treatments and infertility.

How to Support Your Partner Through Infertility

When you’ve decided to start a family it’s natural to want it to happen as quickly as possible, and it can be upsetting if it’s not happening the way you’d hoped. Whether you’re trying to conceive through intercourse or through fertility treatment, it can be a hard time for any couple. Here we’ve provided some information on how to support your partner when trying to have a baby. 

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Understanding Semen Analysis

Male fertility plays a part in nearly half of all infertility cases and can affect approximately 7% of all men. A semen analysis is one of the tests that should be offered to help determine if there is an underlying cause of difficulties conceiving. It’s an important test to check the quality and quantity of the sperm to help investigate if there are any issues. It can also help determine what treatment type (if any) may be most suitable. Here we’ll explain why you may have an analysis performed and what the results could mean. 

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Lifestyle Changes to Improve Semen Quality

If you’re trying to have a baby, there are a number of things you can do to optimise your sperm health and optimise your chances of getting pregnant. This guide will explain what is tested for in a sperm sample and what lifestyle changes may impact them.  

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Sperm DNA Fragmentation

Sperm DNA fragmentation refers to damage in the genetic material (DNA) of the sperm. Here we’ll explore what it is, how it’s measured and how it can be treated. 

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We always advise you to consult with you doctor about any concerns or symptoms you may have. Fertility related conditions are complex and, whilst our articles are written to inform, everyone is different and it is important to speak with your doctor, who can offer more in-depth advice. You can find advice on fertility from the NHS here.