Fertility Network UK and Channel 5 Fertility Survey
We heard from 1000 people, all of whom are struggling to have a baby.
90% of people say infertility feels like a trauma and 94% say they don’t think their friends, family or colleagues really understand what they are going through in their journey to have a baby
We discovered, 55% of people say their fertility struggle makes them feel hopeless and like a failure. 68% say they believe other people think less of them because they do not have a child.
21% of people feel closer to their partner if they’ve been identified as the reason as to why they had not fallen pregnant. 9% feel resentment towards their partner. 4% would leave their partner.
41% of people say their relationship has been affected in a negative way, while 34% say it has had a positive impact on their relationship
People are often quick to offer advice or comments when hearing about someone’s fertility struggle. Our survey tells us 54% of people feel annoyed by other people’s comments
37% of people are angered by comments and only 12% get comfort from comments by other people.
- Just relax and it will happen
- It will happen when you stop trying
- Don’t think negatively – don’t stress
- You’re only young
- Just adopt
When people trying to have a baby hear success stories of IVF their first reaction is not always positive. 44% do feel hopefulness on the news. But 31% of people’s first reaction is jealousy.
34% of people have put themselves in financial jeopardy in their journey to have a baby
Nearly a quarter (23%) of people have suffered a miscarriage following IVF.
Despite this 54% of people are not open to surrogacy. 33% of people are open to surrogacy