Going through IVF

Purple Orchid’s regional sales manager Helen Dunkley, 43, met her husband Peter, a graphic designer, via the internet. Peter, now 45, already had a daughter Francesca, now 17, while Helen hadn’t been married before. They now live in Lymm, Cheshire, with their children Thomas, nine, and Nella, who is two. Peter told me that he decided on our first date that he was going to marry me – he didn’t say that on the first

(in)fertility

Facts After ejaculating, male sperm can survive inside the female body for up to 72 hours, while an egg is available to be fertilised for up to 24 hours after ovulation. Infertility affects around 10% of the population. 20-30% of infertility cases are caused by the man, while around 30% of cases represent a mutual problem. 20% of couples in the UK trying to conceive will succeed within one month, around 85% will conceive within

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