Experiences of fertility testing

Experiences of fertility testing among the people we spoke to reflected the stage of their journey they were at (before, during or after fertility treatment), their age, the nature of their fertility problems and how quickly their fertility specialist had been able to identify a cause, and whether they were in a relationship and if so what kind.

Some people underwent extensive testing over a period of years without a clear diagnosis, others were given an explanation relatively quickly, while a few had to advocate for themselves to be able to access testing. A few women underwent initial testing only, either because their male partner was infertile, they had previously undergone fertility preservation, or they were in a same-sex relationship.