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28 March 2023 – Recognising Reproductive Health’: a Fertility in the Workplace summit

On 28 March 2023, at City Hall, London, Fertility Network UK will bring together key campaigners, organisations and individuals to highlight the future of reproductive health in the workplace and the pressing need for change. The ‘Recognising Reproductive Health’ summit, which runs from 10.30am-3.30pm, is part of the charity’s ground-breaking…

Fertility Network welcomes HFEA consultation on modernising UK fertility law

Fertility Network UK today responded to the fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, launching its consultation on modernising UK fertility law. The law that governs fertility treatment and human embryo research in the UK – the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act – is over 30 years old. Gwenda…

Petition to protect people experiencing pregnancy complications or loss from unnecessary distress

It aims to protect people experiencing pregnancy complications and/or pregnancy loss from unnecessary distress by requiring the NHS to offer a separate space/waiting area for people experiencing this. Require separate NHS areas for people experiencing pregnancy complications/loss - Petitions (parliament.uk) Jodie, a Fertility Network ambassador, created the petition after miscarrying…

Good news: NHS fertility treatment in Essex to be reinstated

The change, which is due to be implemented at the start of April 2023, is happening because Mid and South Essex integrated care board (ICB) is harmonising its fertility policies across the areas it covers, which include Mid-Essex, Basildon & Brentwood, Southend, Thurrock and Castlepoint & Rochford.  From 1 April,…

Fertility Network UK warns on proposed Welsh fertility policy changes

The Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) is proposing changes to fertility treatment policies in Wales which will ration access to NHS fertility treatment for heterosexual couples, make it harder for same-sex couples to access NHS treatment and exclude single women and men from accessing NHS help. The proposed policies…

Coping with Christmas

Facing Christmas and the festive season when you’re struggling with fertility issues can be too painful to bear. It’s hard enough seeing images of family and what you don’t have and want during the rest of the year, but there’s something about Christmas that can make it far, far worse.…

Access to NHS IVF in Bristol to change

From 1 April 2023, women aged 40-42 will not be able to access NHS IVF but single women and transgender people will be able to for the first time. Although a public consultation revealed that people wanted the number of IVF cycles to rise from the current 1 partial cycle…

Fantastic news for Fertility in the Workplace

Fantastic news: we are delighted to announce our ground-breaking Fertility in the Workplace initiative, which aims to change the work landscape for all experiencing fertility issues, has been successful in securing support from the DHSC’s Women’s Health and Wellbeing Fund. We’re looking forward to substantially expanding our vital work helping…

The far-reaching trauma of infertility: Fertility Network UK survey

Fertility Network UK’s survey of approaching 1,300 fertility patients in the UK reveals the devastating toll infertility wreaks on people’s mental health, relationships, finances and career. Released at the start of National Fertility Awareness Week 2022, the findings also highlight the lack of information provided by GPs and the limited…

A Scottish success story

Fertility, or the lack of it is not something you learn about or discuss much in your twenties. You believe life will work out the way it does in books and films, get a job, meet somebody, fall in love, get married, have a baby. A fairytale. What happens when…

#FertilityIn5 – have your say during National Fertility Awareness Week

National Fertility Awareness Week 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2022 is your week. That’s why, during the week, we’d like you to tell us and the world • how you are feeling • what you are experiencing • or what needs to change to improve your situation The challenge is…

One month to go to National Fertility Awareness Week

  National Fertility Awareness Week 31 October - 4 November 2022 is just one month away. Make sure to catch these highlights, including a major, new survey revealing: • the emotional impact of infertility and fertility treatment, • the impact of juggling fertility treatment and employment, and • the crippling…

Good news: Study shows no concerning effects of fertility treatment on children’s development

Good news: a new, large study shows there are no concerning effects of fertility treatment on children’s development. The global research, which tracked 158,000 IVF-conceived children from birth to adulthood, found small differences in the growth, weight, and body fat of IVF children reduced with age. Commenting on the study,…

New improved fertility policy for North Central London from 25 July

Positive news: from 25 July, North Central London CCG's new #fertility policy will improve access to NHS-funded fertility treatment for many in the area, which covers Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Women under 40 can access up to six embryo transfers from a maximum of three fresh #IVF cycles.…

Female same-sex couples and step-parents will now be able to access NHS fertility treatment in England, says Government in Women’s Health strategy

Good news: Fertility Network welcomes the Government's Women's Health Strategy and the commitment to improving access to NHS-funded fertility treatment, although there remains considerable progress to be made before the ‘IVF postcode lottery’ is removed. We would have liked to have seen a clear strategy for ending the current geographical…

Changes to gamete and embryo storage

A new UK law came into force at the start of July providing greater flexibility for people who wish to store their eggs, sperm or embryos. From 1 July 2022, all patients can store their eggs, sperm and embryos for their own treatment for up to 55 years, providing they…

What to do with your remaining embryos factsheet

Many people are left with frozen embryos after finishing treatment, but often feel unprepared for this. If you have completed your family, or cannot have more treatment, you may need to make a decision about any remaining embryos. Our Fertility Network factsheet outlines the different options available and signposts you…

Fertility Network’s tips for coping with Father’s Day

Father’s Day can be a difficult day when you’re struggling to become a parent. 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 celebrating and you cannot be a part of that.…

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…