National Fertility Awareness Week

The Fertility Network is gearing up for its third National Fertility Awareness Week. The charity aims to shed light on the unseen, intimate and day-to-day reality of infertility issues.

The first awareness week was held in 2013 to coincide with the annual patient Fertility Show in London.

A spokeswoman for The Fertility Network said: “In the UK, 1 in 6 couples experience the pain fertility issues bring. Even if you don’t have direct experience, you probably know someone who does – a family member, friend or work colleague. We hope people will join in, raise funds and help change perceptions about fertility issues.”

The Aim

This year they have chosen to focus on 5 areas they feel are often overlooked in the media and conversations about infertility:

  • The myth of the middle-aged would-be-mum: fertility issues in your 20s and early 30s
  • The truth about fertility treatment: IVF fails 75 per cent of the time; what is it like to face multiple rounds of treatment?
  • The hidden half: men are just as likely as women to suffer from fertility issues
  • Facing up to childlessness: coming to terms with childlessness is too often portrayed as a straightforward process when the reality is far from that
  • Life after successful IVF: the taboo of secondary infertility and can life as the parent of an IVF miracle ever be normal?

How to Help

They are asking people to help them Raise Funds and Raise Awareness.

They are also encouraging people to use the social media handles in the lead up to big week:

  • #HiddenFaces
  • #Fertilityin5

The 2016 National Fertility Awareness Week takes place October 31 – November 6 2016.

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