If you’re trying to have a baby you may be wondering how your past or current lifestyle, as well as other factors beyond your control may impact your ability to conceive. Our Fertility Insights Programme will help you understand the factors affecting your fertility, and guide you to understanding the path to pregnancy in six simple to follow steps.
The timing of intercourse plays an important role in conception. Having sex 24-48 hours prior to ovulation gives a woman the best chance of falling pregnant because it is at this time that she is at her most fertile. Based on the length of a female’s menstrual cycle, our fertile window calculator will tell you when your ‘fertile window’ is.
> Stopping smoking, as it reduces fertility by around 40%, and also increases the risk of miscarriage
> Reducing alcohol and caffeine intake
> Optimising weight by following a healthy diet and exercise routine
> For a female, taking folic acid, ideally for three months prior to trying to conceive, as it is one of the few nutrients known to prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida and lower the risk of miscarriage and early pregnancy loss
> Managing known conditions, such as diabetes. This improves the chances of a healthy baby, and reduces the risk of miscarriage
> Visit your GP for antenatal blood tests to ensure optimum pre-pregnancy health
> Reviewing current medications and any implications for pregnancy with your GP
> Understanding your menstrual cycle
Our friendly and experienced Public Liaison Coordinator is on hand to provide confidential guidance for your individual circumstances. They work closely with our clinical team and are happy to talk at a time convenient to you. You can contact them by calling +254 20 2731982 or complete our contact form and they’ll get back to you at a convenient time.
Based on your individual circumstances, we will help you on a journey to parenthood that is highly personalised and right for you. For some couples, non or minimally invasive procedures such as timed conception and ovulation induction or artificial insemination (IUI) are a first line treatment option to increase fertility. For others, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment may be recommended.