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Nine fertility facts you should know – global experts launch fertility campaign to dispel common reproductive myths

5th November 2019, European Union Parliament, Brussels: A group of globally renowned partners including UCL and the British Fertility Society, supported by Clearblue®, have launched a new fertility awareness campaign to help dispel the most common myths surrounding fertility. The campaign will share key facts regarding fertility and the subsequent…

Disbelief as couple’s IVF petition shelved due to upcoming general election

A couple from Abingdon say they're shocked that their petition to Parliament to raise awareness over IVF treatment has been shelved, due to the coming general election. Ben and Emily Scott have been campaigning against what they call an "IVF postcode lottery" but now have a new fight on their…

PET launches egg freezing #ExtendTheLimit campaign

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) has launched its #ExtendTheLimit campaign, asking the UK public to sign an online petition requiring Parliament to address the law on egg freezing time limits (see BioNews 1021). Current legislation only permits women to store frozen eggs for a maximum of ten years, unless they have medically certified premature infertility.…

Exciting news for Fertility Network Wales…

After applying to the National Lottery Community Fund, Fertility Network Wales has been awarded a grant of £363,304. This means Fertility Network will be able to continue supporting the fertility community, raising awareness of important issues and expand the services to reach more people facing fertility challenges. Fertility Network’s Wales…

Have your say on Stockport CCG

Have your say and help save IVF in Stockport. Complete the online survey before 20 Oct 19 to register your views on Stockport CCG either cutting the number of IVF cycles it offers from 2 to 1 or removing NHS IVF completely.  Please click here to complete the survey

IVF services could be cut in Stockport under new proposals

Fertility treatment for women could be reduced or scrapped altogether under savings proposals being considered by Stockport health chiefs. Currently women under 40 who have been unable to conceive are entitled to two free cycles of IVF on the NHS. But bosses are now looking at the possibility of cutting this back…

Fertility Fairness responds to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG’s decision

Sarah Norcross, co-chair of campaign group Fertility Fairness and director of Progress Educational trust said: ‘Fertility patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be devastated to hear that the clinical commissioning group has decided to remove access to NHS IVF permanently – despite the Government’s warning that it is unacceptable to…

#CryingShame – Campaign for Fertility Support Services

The #CryingShame for Fertility Fundraising Campaign highlights the isolation, shame, depression, anxiety and tears that accompany the one in six couples in the UK who struggle to conceive each year. We are raising money to enable everyone who is struggling with their mental health and well being during fertility issues,…

Couple call for an end to Oxfordshire’s IVF ‘postcode lottery’

A ‘POSTCODE lottery’ in IVF treatment has been accused of having a ‘devastating’ impact on couples struggling to have children in Oxfordshire. Emily Scott and her husband Ben from Abingdon had been trying to get pregnant for three years when they realised something may be wrong and discussed options with…

Get A Drip ‘fertility’ IV that costs £250 withdrawn from sale

A wellness company has withdrawn a £250 IV "fertility drip" after experts said it could "exploit vulnerable women". Get A Drip offers therapies including the "slim drip", "anti-ageing drip" and "mood-boost drip" at locations such as Westfield shopping centre in London. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said there was…

Government demands IVF “lottery” ends in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The Department of Health and Social Care has demanded all NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) provide free IVF treatments. Free fertility treatment for Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and parts of Essex were previously scrapped in order to save the NHS money. On behalf of the government, MP Jackie Doyle described the situation…

Experts Discuss: ‘Social Egg Freezing’ – Does It Alleviate or Increase the Pressure Among Women to Have a Baby Early?

A panel of leading fertility experts discuss fertility preservation considerations for women on their fertility journey VIENNA, June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts have gathered at a Gedeon Richter-sponsored panel discussion to debate the pressure paradox of egg freezing, a procedure which is on the rise in Europe.1 In the EU, the average age…

Fertility Network and ITV London Secondary Fertility Survey

Have you experience secondary infertility and live in London? ITV London and Fertility Network have collaborated on a survey that we would love for you to complete. Click here to start this survey. Thank you so much for your help.

A hello and introduction from our new interim management team!

Blair McPhee has joined us as our interim chief executive, and has been a Charity Mentor and senior level Consultant for more than 12 years in the UK supporting a broad range of charities and social enterprises.  Prior to that Blair was a private sector Mentor and  Managing Director in…

Fresh agony for would-be parents in battle over county’s IVF service

Would-be parents in Cambridgeshire are devastated after a decision on whether to reinstate free IVF services has been put back. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Cinical Commissioning Group (CPCCG) suspended NHS-funded IVF in September 2017, and had been due to make a decision on reinstating it on Tuesday (May 14). But a statement…

Southeastern high-speed train driver swaps rail-track for race-track

  Deal based racing driver, Toby Trice, will be making his motorsport debut this weekend (May 18th) at the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club (GRDC) in Snetterton Park, Norfolk. The 28-year-old will be realising a dream as he lines up on the grid for his debut season with leading British Touring…

Support for midwives with infertility and having fertility treatments

Me, Kate Brian, Jessica Clasby Monk It can be so hard caring for pregnant women when you’re going through IVF and infertility. For me it was one of the hardest things I have ever been through. I’ve always been very open about my experiences, and I understand how isolating it can be…

WARRIOR – Battling infertility, staying sane while trying to conceive

15 March 2019, West Yorkshire, UK Introduction Tori Day spent two and a half years of her life trying to get pregnant. After the months passed by, what started as hopefulness and excitement slowly morphed into frustration, fear, and eventually, obsession. A keen writer and avid journal keeper throughout her…

Check out the new Understanding Fertility report courtesy of The Times & Raconteur, in association with Fertility Network

In 2016 the number of women having children over 40 was higher than the number of women under 20 for the first time since World War II, demonstrating that fertility treatments have come on leaps and bounds. Nonetheless, people all over the world are still plagued with infertility issues. The…

Opinion: A national disgrace, the IVF postcode lottery

If you need IVF to start a family, expect to pay for it – that’s the appalling and unfair situation in the UK. According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, six out of ten people pay for their medical treatment. Where you live, your personal circumstances, medical situation and…