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AFFINITY the Fertility Network UK Magazine

It features Rachel's story of donating her embryos to other couples after completing her #IVF family, as well as Johnno's story of facing #maleinfertility while serving in the Army, plus news from #TeamFertility - that's us, the Fertility Network team. There are also interviews with fertility expert Prof Geeta Nargund…

The importance of checking the man!

We’ve seen a dramatic decline in sperm quality around the world over the last couple of decades. We know that around 40% of fertility issues sit with the man and male factor fertility is often indicated in issues such as recurrent miscarriage and failed IVF. 1 in 14 men are…

Everest: Mission complete!

On 4th March 2022, myself, Aaron Sutton, Ciaran Hannington and Tony Suckling set off to Nepal for what would be the challenge of a lifetime - a 140km trek to Everest Base Camp. Why? Two reasons: To raise awareness of male infertility and how poorly men are supported when it…

The Fertility Show Live

We are delighted that The Fertility Show is returning to London Olympia on 7th & 8th May 2022. The renowned Show is the only live event that lets you meet with so many top fertility experts, clinics and doctors in one place at one time, in a safe and discreet…

Tips for coping with Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be one of the hardest days of the year when you’re struggling to conceive or experiencing the loss of miscarriage. It all too often feels like a cruel reminder of what you don’t have and most desperately long for and it may seem as if everyone is…

Understanding Fertility: A news-style programme from Fertility Network, ITN Productions and British Fertility Society

Fertility Network UK, British Fertility Society and ITN Productions Industry News are co-producing ‘Understanding Fertility’ a news-style programme highlighting why fertility matters. It will launch during National Fertility Awareness Week 2022. Fertility isn't something to take for granted. Over 3.5 million people in the UK are facing fertility issues for…

They’ve done it: Everest #basecampforfertility

What a huge achievement for the HIMfertility 4-strong team. This is for all the men out there struggling with fertility so that you know you're not alone. This trek really hasn't been easy and each of the team have faced their own battles getting there but have done it and…

Day 4 of #basecampforfertility challenge

  ‘This challenge is all about getting the message out that men need help too when it comes to #fertility. For many it can be a huge uphill battle that takes a lot of time and energy which is exactly what each of us are going through right now. Day…

Day 3 of #basecampforfertility challenge

What a picture. Just three days until the @HIMfertility team reach Everest base camp in their #basecampforfertility challenge. Please do give generously: they are doing this to raise awareness of #malefertility issues and to help us continue to support anyone facing #fertility struggles. We are humbled by their efforts. Details…

Day 3 of #basecampforfertility challenge

  The team of 4 intrepid @HIMfertility men are trekking to Everest base camp to raise awareness of male #fertility and raise funds for Fertility Network. Please donate to their fundraisers. Details at https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/fund.../basecampforfertility/ Ian Stones says: Day 3 of trekking today! Today was just about acclimatisation although we started…

Day 2 of #basecampforfertility challenge

Update from the 4 Everest adventurers!! We've just completed our 2nd day of trekking and are settled in at Namche Bizarre the Sherpa capital of Nepal. We've covered approximately 30km over 2 days and gained around 1000m in elevation and are now officially at high altitude of 3406m. Today's trek…

Big Fat Negative: Tell us about your jourrrrney

I still remember the first time I expressed how I was feeling about infertility. I was on the 37 bus, heading to work and I was crying. I had been convinced I was pregnant - I was 10 days late, for goodness sake, and I definitely had a metallic taste…

Infertility and perinatal mental health

With support, care and understanding, Fertility Network's hope is that the experience of parenting for those following successful fertility treatment can finally be a positive one. Our guest blog for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance looks at infertility, its impact on perinatal mental health and best practice for support. https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/news/infertility-and-perinatal-mental-health/…

Fertility in the Workplace: helping firms support staff on their fertility journey

Why have a fertility policy? Fertility Network is the UK’s leading patient fertility charity and our research shows most employees are reluctant to speak to their employer about their fertility struggles because of uncertainty about the potential detrimental effect on their career. We know it’s not uncommon for staff to…

Getting through Christmas when you’re trying to conceive

Christmas is very family-focused and when you’re longing for a baby it can seem impossible that you could ever enjoy this time of year, but there are things you can do to make it feel less painful. Fertility Network has put together some of our top tips for getting through…

Fertility Network UK survey reveals the ‘heartbreaking’ impact of COVID on patients

A survey of nearly 400 patients by Fertility Network UK has explored the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic on those waiting for fertility treatment. A majority of respondents (58%) had experienced delays being able to access treatment as a result of the pandemic, and a quarter had not been…

Over one-third of employees undergoing fertility treatment consider leaving their jobs, according to Fertility Network survey

Mental health impact The survey, which was answered solely by working women and men who are either experiencing fertility struggles or have in the past, reveals that nine out of ten people suffer with a combination of anxiety (91%), stress (89%) and depression (88%). This in turn has a marked…

A complete postcode lottery: all of England’s CCGs ration access to NHS-funded fertility treatment

All of England’s 116 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are rationing access to NHS-funded fertility treatment by introducing arbitrary, non-clinical criteria or redefining what constitutes an IVF cycle, according to new national audit data from Fertility Network UK. The audit released at the start of National Fertility Awareness Week 2021 reveals…

Have your say: please respond to the consultation on access to NHS-funded #fertility treatment from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG

Have your say: please respond to the consultation on access to NHS-funded #fertility treatment from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG; anyone can respond, not just those in the area. The CCG is considering reducing the 3 #IVF cycles it offers to just Luton residents & instead offering 1 IVF…

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning group (CCG) to hold a public consultation

The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning group (CCG) is to hold a public consultation on the number of IVF cycles it offers. At present, the recently merged CCG offers different levels of provision: in Luton, fertility patients can access 3 cycles, but in Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire, patients can…