There are 3.5 million people in the UK facing fertility issues, and the aim of this week is to make sure everyone on a fertility journey, whatever the stage they’re at, has the support and information they need.
WHAT’S ON DURING THE WEEK
MONDAY 31 OCTOBER #FERTILITYFAIRNESS
Infertility is a recognised disease, yet the majority of UK fertility patients are forced to pay for medical treatment because access to NHS-funded fertility treatment is unfairly rationed. Only Scotland offers the recommended 3 full IVF cycles. Read our new survey on the state of the sector, join our free online webinar with leading experts, and tell us what needs to change and how you are affected. Register for Monday’s webinar here.
TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER #FERTILITYINTHEWORKPLACE
Shockingly, fertility treatment is not recognised by the majority of employers as necessary medical treatment and there is no legal right to time off work for fertility appointments. We are calling for employers to recognise fertility treatment as a clinical necessity and to provide appropriate medical leave. Join our free online webinar and tell us how you have been, or are, affected. Let’s make change happen. Register for Tuesday’s webinar here.
WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER #HIMFERTILITY
Male factor fertility problems are the most common reason for a couple to seek fertility treatment, yet far too often men’s fertility is not tested in the first stages of a couple seeking medical help, leading to unnecessary delays and distress. We are calling for men’s fertility to be tested in a timely manner at the same time as a woman’s fertility is explored. Join us for a free online seminar assessing what needs to change and highlighting men’s experiences. Register for Wednesday’s webinar here.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER #FERTILITYED
Fertility education is now part of the secondary school curriculum but what is taught is still too limited. We are calling for comprehensive fertility education for teenagers and young adults, so they understand fertility isn’t a guarantee, how age and lifestyle impact fertility, and appreciate the limits of fertility treatments, including IVF and egg freezing. Join us for a free online webinar asking what needs to be included in high school fertility ed and hearing how a lack of fertility knowledge impacts lives. Register for Thursday’s webinar here.
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER #TALKFERTILITY
Infertility can be a lonely experience: too many people struggle in silence when talking about what you are facing can make a big difference. We signpost the help that is available, including our regional and specialty online groups and highlight your experiences. Hearing how others have coped with their fertility journey can be extraordinarily helpful. Register for Friday’s webinar here.
Find out more at Fertility Network