JL: Is there a common problem you see when treating couples? If so, what is it?
ZW: When it comes to unexplained fertility, one of the biggest issues is the age of the couples trying to conceive, and delaying pregnancy. There are lots of different reasons for couples to wait to have children (meeting the right person, career, etc.), but this does affect the chances of fertility.
JL: What are the main lifestyle factors that affect couples trying for a baby?
ZW: Working long hours as well as anxiety and stress affect so many people and really cause issues for fertility. Weight (over and underweight) is an issue that many people don't realize can impact fertility to a great extent. Then there are the usual factors that people find difficult to give up but really should if they can, such as alcohol and cigarettes. I find that if my couple can get into the right mindset and stop worrying, as well as taking their lifestyle into account, then the success rates go right up.
An initial consultation with Zita West at her clinic in London starts from £175 (approx. $285).