Fertility Network UK(FNUK) has announced it will campaign on several important issues during 2020’s National Fertility Week (November 2 to Friday, November 6)
With one in six couples facing infertility, the UK’s leading fertility charity, which supports anyone who is affected by infertility, hopes to shine a spotlight on raising awareness of fertility issues to a wider audience.
The charity will spend the week looking at a variety of subjects, including mental health, access to NHS IVF, men and infertility, and fertility education.
Monday, November 2 #FertilityInequalities
To kick-start the week, FNUK will look closely at fair access to fertility treatment for all.
FNUK chief executive, Gwenda Burns, said it is important that everyone has access to NHS fertility treatment.
She said: “We want to see fair and equitable access to NHS fertility treatment regardless of where you live, your race, or your sexuality. We will highlight the unacceptable rationing of treatment throughout the UK, the difference in provision between each of the four nations, and the postcode lottery in England. We will raise awareness of inequalities in access based on ethnicity and sexuality, of the differences in outcomes for some ethnic groups, and call for fairness for everyone who needs treatment.”
Tuesday, November 3 #MentalHealthMatters
The charity said infertility is not only about physical health, but it can have a devastating impact on your mental health as well. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on patients, with clinics closing and reduced capacity for reopening.
Gwenda said: “We will share testimonials from our community as well as tips from mental health experts about how best to look after yourself. This day is about raising awareness of fertility and mental health and will offer solutions to help fertility patients navigate this challenging journey.”
Wednesday, November 4 #MenMatter
On Wednesday, November 4, the charity will look at men when it comes to infertility. After all, they are half the equation, but their voices are not always heard.
It is not uncommon for men to find it hard to express their feelings if suffering from fertility issues. The charity has said that during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, men reported feeling forgotten and overlooked.
Gwenda said: “During our #MenMatter day, we will spotlight men’s voices with testimonials from our male community and experts in the field. We will highlight the need for more tailored support and advice for men, and publicise some of Fertility Network UK’s new initiatives aimed specifically at our male community.”
Thursday, November 5 #FertilityEducation #FertilityInTheWorkplace
When it comes to infertility, education is key. Unless you are directly or indirectly affected by infertility, it is highly likely you will have little knowledge of the subject.
The charity has said hosting a fertility education day is vital to making people more informed about their fertility.
Gwenda said the charity will ask an important question on young people’s awareness of infertility.
She said: “We will ask why young people are still not aware of the lifestyle factors that could affect their fertility. We will share the results from our own Fertility Education project #FutureFertility, which is funded by the Scottish Government and will also introduce our new project in Wales.
“We will highlight the need for more education for all, including healthcare professionals and employers. We will raise awareness of the importance of our #FertilityInTheWorkplace initiative, encouraging employers to provide a supportive work environment and employees to know their rights. As part of the day, we will share research findings and hear from employers why #FertilityInTheWorkplace matters.”
IVF babble is a close partner of FNUK and has worked closely in the past year to raise awareness of infertility and for couples to access free NHS IVF.
We will be working with FNUK again this year during the national awareness week, with more details to be released soon.
To get involved in the charity’s national week, visit www.fertilitynetworkuk.org