The Fertility Network is gearing up for its third National Fertility Awareness Week on Monday 31st October to Sunday 6th November 2016. The charity aims to shed light on the unseen, intimate and day-to-day reality of infertility issues by highlighting how common it is for media attention to be focused on stereotypes of fertility struggles: 40-year-old women “leaving it too late”. In reality infertility affects women of all ages.

Dr Venkat, Director of Harley Street Fertility Clinic comments, ““I would like women to realise that we all have a fertility life span and we need to take active measures to preserve this from our twenties or very early thirties as infertility can be a struggle for many women. Women are born with eggs and they’re eggs start declining in their late twenties and thirties. In some ethnic groups, such as Asian, a women’s fertility starts to decline at 32 years of age BEFORE Caucasian women at the age of 35 years. Additionally, some women have a low ovarian reserve (egg number) and/or lower quality eggs.”

Dr Venkat, believes that it is important to take care of and manage your gynaecological health and fertility from a young age. “Fertility ‘check-ups’ should be a regular part of a person’s wellness routine.  This is particularly important if there is a family history of fertility problems or gynaecological issues such as early menopause or polycystic ovary syndrome. “

If you have been trying to conceive for a year, and have been having unprotected sex 3-4 times per week without any success Dr Venkat advises visiting a fertility specialist. This will help to check if there are any underlying issues affecting conception.

HSFC offers fertility check-ups for both men and women including hormone blood tests, semen analysis, ultrasound scans and follow-up advice and consultations. To find out more or to book a consultation visit or alternatively call 020 7436 6838.