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National Fertility Awareness Week
02/11/2015 til 08/11/2015
In National Fertility Awareness Week we aim to:
- Raise awareness of the #1in6 couples in the UK struggling to become parents
- Explain what options exist for the #1in6 couples experiencing fertility problems
- Highlight the emotional and physical impact of infertility
This year our three key themes are:
- Our fertile future – promoting the importance of fertility education by increasing young people’s awareness of the facts about fertility
- You are not alone – campaigning for better emotional support for everyone struggling to conceive, including improved access to counselling during treatment
- Males matter too – focusing on how fertility struggles affect men
This week is also about reminding the #1in6 that you are not alone. Infertility Network UK is the leading patient fertility charity providing support, advice and information whenever and however people need it, whether it is information from the website, or someone to talk to.
No one should face the heartache of struggling to conceive alone and we are with you every step of the way. Across the country we have over 50 Helpline volunteers who are at the end of the phone when you need a chat, as well as a network of regional support staff.
We will also be raising money along the way to keep funding all the patient services we offer, including our free Supportline – described as a lifeline by many patients.
So, please join in – find out how on our get involved pages and whatever you do, please do something and help put National Fertility Awareness Week on the map.
Did you know that…
- After pregnancy, fertility problems are the most common reason for women aged 20–45 to visit their GP
- 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience difficulties conceiving – that is about 3.5m people
- Over 60,000 cycles of IVF are performed in the UK each year yet fewer than 25 per cent of these are successful
- The majority of fertility treatment in the UK has to be paid for privately as NHS provision can vary tremendously depending on your postcode
- In 20 -30 per cent of fertility problems, the causes are unexplained
- Fertility declines with age – and that applies to men as well as women, albeit to a lesser extent
- Following a healthy diet and lifestyle can help improve your chances of conceiving, whether naturally or through treatment
We hope that National Fertility Awareness Week will highlight the need to get people talking about fertility and the #1in6 people who need help. We hope that by giving people the facts, as well as signposting them to where they can find additional information and support, we can help. It is that simple. If you are, or know one of the #1in6 couples struggling to conceive, visit the Infertility Network UK website for information and support.