Fertility In The Workplace – Trauma and Infertility

19 Mar 2024

Trauma and Infertility – Tuesday 19th March, 7pm

Most people do not make the connection between infertility and trauma, yet many will experience different levels of trauma which have a lasting impact, even after successful pregnancies.

In a survey conducted by Fertility Network UK in 2022, it was found: 

  • 4 out of 10 respondents experienced suicidal feelings: 30% reported suicidal feelings sometimes or occasionally, while 10% experienced suicidal feelings often or all the time. 
  • Approaching half (47%) of respondents experienced feelings of depression often or all the time, while the vast majority (83%) felt sad, frustrated and worried often or all the time.

These results give an insight into the devastating impact of infertility and the challenging journey to parenthood.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What is trauma and PTSD, the signs and symptoms
  • How trauma can be experienced during fertility challenges
  • How to take care of yourself and treatment
  • The physical impact of trauma

About the speaker:

Anita is part of the Fertility in the Workplace team and has been on a personal journey with infertility spanning over 10 years, and with mental illness. Following a diagnosis of endometriosis, Anita has gone on to have four rounds of IVF whilst managing a busy job in HR. When her second round of IVF resulted in an ectopic pregnancy, she was diagnosed with Complex PTSD following an inpatient stay at a mental health care facility after a deterioration in her mental health. She has since been raising awareness around infertility and mental health and is very passionate about breaking the stigma in the workplace, and open the conversation for others who may be struggling or feeling alone in their journey. Anita is a trainee psychotherapist and a qualified coach.

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If you have any questions, please contact FITW@fertilitynetworkuk.org

Fertility in the Workplace have crafted these wellbeing programme to particularly support SMEs, business owners, or even those who are unemployed. We are supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund, part of a partnership programme between Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England, and UK Health Security Agency, to support the government’s strategy aimed at improving Women’s Health and supporting them to remain in the workplace.