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Please support our London marathon runner – Craig McAllister!

A huge thank you to Craig McAllister who is training hard for this year's London marathon on the 3rd of October. After he and his wife experienced fertility struggles, including failed IVF, OHSS & an ectopic pregnancy, Craig is running the London marathon to raise funds for FNUK. Donate to…

Join us for National Fertility Awareness Week

There are 3.5 million people in the UK facing fertility issues, that’s why National Fertility Awareness Week aims to: change perceptions of fertility and infertility signpost support across all stages of fertility journeys raise funds to enable Fertility Network UK to continue helping all facing fertility issues.   How you…

Help Fertility Network and Fertifa shape the future of fertility support

Can you help Fertility Network and Fertifa shape the future of #fertility support in the workplace? If you have or are experiencing fertility issues, please complete the online, anonymous 5min survey here before 24 Sep. One lucky respondent will win a spa break voucher. Look out for the results during…

Storage limit could be increased from 10 to 55 years

Fertility Network UK welcomes the news that the storage limit for frozen embryos, eggs and sperm is to be increased to 55 years with patients given the option to keep or dispose of the frozen embryos or gametes every 10 years. These proposed changes will give people greater reproductive choice…

The Fertility Show’s Let’s All Talk: What I’ve learned about male and female fertility

Hi! I’m back this month with another blog about The Fertility Show’s “Let’s All Talk” free weekly fertility webinar series. I’m Sophie, I run the social media and content for The Fertility Show. I’m also a journalist, fertility patient and Ambassador for Peanut, the social networking space for women to meet…

Post-pandemic IVF: Why we need to make IVF treatment more accessible and affordable

For many couples and women, starting IVF treatment is one of the biggest – and perhaps most daunting – life decisions they will make. It can be an emotionally and physically stressful process, and at this important life juncture it’s vital that we work to protect women’s health and safety.…

Fertility treatment delayed by COVID-19

We recently worked with Health Awareness on the 2021 Reproductive and Gynaecological Health campaign.The content is available online at https://bit.ly/3jlyr2o The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices raising awareness for reproductive and gynaecological health issues. Follow the hashtag on social media #ReproGynaeCampaign

How technology is making fertility treatment more accessible to all

From the moment you have your first consultation in a fertility clinic, there are many things to consider about your journey. There are different treatment options available and different approaches. Importantly, before treatment can begin, consent forms need completing. Each form can take around 45 minutes to complete, depending on…

Fertility Limbo – How to Get Unstuck and Take Control

Trying for a baby is one of the most exciting yet scary times in your life. Once you decide you are ready to embark on the journey into parenthood, it’s normal to expect that it is all going to happen magically! But for many of us, this is not the…

Talking to your company about fertility in the workplace

1 in 6 couples in the UK - or 3.5 million people - experience fertility challenges and nearly 70,000 IVF treatment cycles are carried out each year in the UK. Many of these couples are working professionals, having to juggle the mental, physical and financial impact that fertility treatment can…

How to keep the spark alive when trying for a baby, sex expert reveals

It might seem that increased free time and the absence of social commitments mean there is no better time for couples to try and conceive. In fact, quite the opposite is proving to be true, as recent analysis of ONS data by PWC found that the UK could be seeing…

The Fertility Show’s “Let’s All Talk” Free Webinar Series

Hello, I’m Sophie, one of the hosts for The Fertility Show’s new “Let’s All Talk” webinar series.  I am so pleased to see the launch of our free webinar series do so well!  If you haven’t already discovered us, here’s some background… As we all know, it’s been a tough…

Fertility Circle – CARE Fertility Tunbridge Wells

CARE Fertility is proud to be partnered with Fertility Network UK with The Patient Pledge to ensure the very best support is offered to patients and their partners. CARE Fertility offers a range of support, including regular online Support Groups and CARE Buddy for peer-to-peer support from another patient at…

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…