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Get A Drip ‘fertility’ IV that costs £250 withdrawn from sale

A wellness company has withdrawn a £250 IV "fertility drip" after experts said it could "exploit vulnerable women".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 experienced 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…

Be kind to yourself this Mother’s Day

For anyone in the fertility community Mother’s Day can be one of the most agonising days of the year. You can be bombarded with Mother’s Day posts on social media, as well as adverts on television and cards in shops even in the weeks coming up to this Sunday. No…

Major review ordered into NHS-funded IVF treatment (and that could mean bad news for Stoke-on-Trent couples)

major consultation is set to be ordered into NHS-funded IVF treatments offered to couples desperate for a child - to end one of the health service's most controversial postcode lotteries. All five of Staffordshire's clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) only offer one cycle of IVF per patient. And that rises to…

I froze my eggs to have family but archaic laws mean I’m about to lose my only chance

But the ‘ticking clock’ of fertility can be a massive source of anxiety, pushing women to have children before they are ready or have found the right partner. About 10 years ago I decided to take control over these feelings by freezing some of my eggs. I did not take…

NHS Herts Valleys CCG reinstate funding for IVF

Effective from the 1st April 2019, Herts Valleys clinical commissioning group (CCG) have decided to reinstate funding for one IVF cycle for eligible couples. In October 2017, the CCG took the decision to withdraw funding for IVF when it was placed in formal financial turnaround. This week’s decision reinstates the…

CCG inefficiencies ‘blocking’ access to IVF

Exclusive to HSJ Data shows 13 clinical commissioning groups spent at least £4,000 per IVF cycle, while six spent £2,000 or less Fertility charity says “financial inefficiences” blocking access to IVF at time when access is at historic low NHS England to introduce non-mandatory benchmark prices to help CCGs obtain…

Things that matter are hard: a review of “Instant Family“

There is a moment about a third of the way into the new film Instant Family that felt as though someone had recorded my conversation in private and played it out to a cinema full of people. It was funny, awful, upsetting but utterly real all at the same time…

Fertility Network launches Fertility in the Workplace initiative to support employers and employees

Speaking at the launch of Fertility Network’s Fertility in the Workplace initiative, chief executive Aileen Feeney said: ‘Fertility treatment is on the increase with approaching 68,000 treatment cycles carried out every year in the UK and 1 in 6 couples (3.5 million people) affected, yet the majority of employers do not have…