COLUMN: What’s Up Doc?

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with Spire Gatwick Park, your local private hospital, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing. Answers will be provided weekly from specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then send your questions to Spire Gatwick Park is a private hospital located in Horley, Surrey providing a range of treatments, from orthopaedic to ophthalmic, ENT to cosmetic. You do not need private medical insurance to use Spire Gatwick Park Hospital facilities and patients can get appointments within 2 weeks.

Dear Spire Gatwick Park, I am contacting you behalf of my husband. We are having trouble conceiving, both of us are 30 years old – well actually I think it’s my husband that is having problems. It’s really getting him down and we are both desperate for a baby, what can we do?

Anonymous, Horley

Inability to achieve pregnancy is certainly a cause of concern.

However, it depends on how long you have been trying together you may start having tests to investigate the possible reasons of infertility after one year of trying.

It is very important to consider both male and female factors in infertility.

I appreciate the psychological impact on your husband if you think that he is having problems.

Male problems related to inability to have sexual intercourse are easily sorted out nowadays and you can reassure him that visiting a urologist will be very helpful in sorting out the problem.

On the other hand if your husband has not done semen analysis (Sperm test) than it will be important to ask the GP to request this test for him or Spire Gatwick Park Hospital can offer this test privately.”

If you wish, than certainly attending a consultation in the infertility clinic can guide you to the best management options.

Dr Walied Youssef believes that good communication, mutual understanding and respect are the secrets of success.

He respects all opinions and sticks to his moral and ethical beliefs.

Dr Walied Youssef offers appointments at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital on Monday and Thursday. To book an appointment call 01293 778 906 or email

A free fertility information evening will take place in May at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital.

The event is open to everyone so book your free place(s) by calling 01293 778 906 or email:

Remember to keep posting in your questions to the experts at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, who can help answer any health matters on your mind. Contact the hospital either by email:, or write to: ‘What’s up Doc’, Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Povey Cross Road, Horley, Surrey RH6 0BB. Alternatively interact via twitter: @SpireGatwick or visit their facebook page: spire gatwick park hospital.