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How to navigate Christmas when trying for a baby

Christmas is the most popular time of year to conceive, with more babies born in September than at any other time of year.  Though for any couples who have been having difficulties trying for a baby, Christmas can be a particularly tough time. To provide expert insight into navigating this, Fertility…

Coping at Christmas When You’re Struggling to Conceive

‘Tis the season to be jolly, they say. But jolly is the last thing anyone wants to be at Christmas when you’re struggling to have a baby. I know, I’ve been there, and I can safely say that it’s one of the year’s most painful triggers for anyone wishing for…

Caring for your mental health when trying to conceive

Value your mental health. Our mental health is as important as our physical health when we are trying to conceive, naturally or with assistance. Research reassures that our mental health does not impact on the outcome of assisted conception treatment; but it can promote us not continuing with treatment as…

It’s Not Just Good To Talk, It’s Essential

I have always said it; my struggle with fertility is a mental health condition far more than a physical one.  Ok, so the injections and scans and blood tests and pain and all the rest of the stuff that comes with treatment is awful, of course it is… but it’s…

Same-sex IVF – supporting diversity in our society

At present, the number of same-sex couples becoming parents through fertility treatment is greater than it has ever been before. In fact, figures from the HFEA’s latest report showed that from 2008-2018 the number of female same-sex couples undergoing IVF in the UK rose 154%, accounting for 6.4% of all IVF cycles in the…

The Importance of Connecting with Others

I write this during one of those busy weeks.  The diary is full to the rafters.  Work deadlines are due.  The cleaning needs doing.  The whole household is sick with a cold.  It is also Baby Loss awareness week, and while this date is always on my radar, I have…

Fertility benefits: the missing piece of the health and wellbeing puzzle

Evidence and peer-based research from Fertifa. Following our survey in June that 96% of employers will place more focus on employee health and wellbeing as a result of the pandemic, it has been widely acknowledged that now is a perfect opportunity for businesses to review their existing health and wellbeing…

Coping with Other People’s Pregnancy Announcements

When you’re trying to conceive and it’s taking longer than you expected, suddenly the world can seem like it’s full of bumps, babies and other people’s pregnancy announcements. Dealing with other people’s pregnancy announcements is hard enough, but it can be particularly painful when it’s someone close to you, someone…

Ready for treatment, delayed by COVID

we are continuing to persevere  Louise It has been such an uncertain time for everyone but having fertility treatment delayed due to COVID-19 has carried an extra burden for us, especially when there are already so many external pressures due to the current situation. We have struggled with the unknown…

New findings show no benefit of ‘scratch’ for first time IVF rounds

New ‘gold standard’ research led by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield has shown that women undergoing IVF for the first time did not benefit from having an endometrial scratch prior to IVF treatment. The findings of the £1.2m UK Multicentre Endometrial Scratch Randomised Trial,…

Mild ovarian stimulation for IVF by Geeta Nargund, Create Fertility

An excerpt from an article on Mild IVF by Geeta Nargund of Create Fertility, one of Fertility Network's Partners. "Mild ovarian stimulation for IVF is the smartest way forward The aim of IVF treatment is to achieve a healthy full-term baby, with minimal health risks to the woman and her…

Anya chats to Adoption UK

Our lovely Anya Sizer was invited to chat to Adoption UK to talk about her experiences of Fertility Treatment and Adoption. If you'd like more information about Adoption, head to the Adoption UK website.

Middlesex University Study: Covid19 and Paused Treatments

Fertility Network have partnered with Middlesex University to support their research into how those who have had treatment paused, due to Covid19, have been affected. The COVID-19 outbreak is an incredibly difficult time for people who were due to embark on fertility treatment or who were already having treatment, leading…

Are you signed up to the #twopointsixchallenge?

Have you signed up for the #TwopointsixChallenge?! To help Fertility Network and other charities through this summer there's something BIG taking place! And we'd love you to be a part of it. Instead of the London Marathon on the 26th April, you can start your own 2.6 challenge - whatever…

Covid-19 Your FET Questions Answered

Questions and Answers 1. Will a frozen embryo transfer be as successful as a fresh cycle and does this depend on your age? The chances of success with frozen embryos are very similar to fresh embryos and that is related to the woman’s age at the time of collecting the…

Covid-19

In April 2020, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic caused a temporary closure of all UK fertility clinics. As from 11th May 2020 clinics had to apply to the HFEA to recommence treatments but must ensure that they provide a safe service for patients, and a safe working environment for clinic staff.…

Your Fertility Treatment and Covid-19

Covid-19 has caused stress and sadness for so many couples. It's a very difficult time for people who are already facing hardship and uncertainty. In this video, Angela Pericleous-Smith, BICA Specialist fertility counsellor, offers advice and ways to cope in this difficult time.  

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Fertility Network UK understand that the current situation with Coronavirus (Covid 19) is stressful and confusing for everyone, especially couples who are trying to conceive and undergoing fertility treatment. Our support lines are open and we are encouraging support groups to move online for the time being.  Our support line…

Thinking about adoption?

Have you thought about starting a family through adoption? People come to adoption via many different routes and from a whole variety of backgrounds of ethnicity, sexuality, being single or in a couple, financial… which is just what we welcome for our diverse group of children currently awaiting a family. Myths…

It’s time to end the IVF postcode lottery

The UK pioneered IVF over 40 years ago, but that achievement means nothing if only those who can afford to pay for private fertility treatment benefit from it. This is why, in September 2018, Fertility Network UK, together with IVF Babble, launched the #Scream4IVF campaign, to fight against the postcode…