Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society (BFS), and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:
“This year National Fertility Awareness Week is focusing on the hidden stories of people facing fertility struggles and aims to change perceptions, raise awareness and provide support for everyone struggling with fertility issues.
“Infertility affects one in seven couples and can have a huge effect on people’s lives, causing distress, depression, and the breakdown of relationships. Talking about these concerns and sharing stories with people going through similar experiences is important.
“The awareness week also sees the results published of a major new national survey highlighting the economic, social and emotional impact fertility problems can have on people.
“Many patients will be anxious about the cost of fertility treatment and this can place a huge amount of stress and pressure on couples and their families. The British Fertility Society is working closely with the Fertility Fairness campaign to try to improve access to IVF treatment and ensure the NICE guidance on this is being followed. We are also working with NHS England with the aim of achieving equitable access to treatment around the country.
“Our role as healthcare professionals is also to ensure that people, in particular the younger generation, are better informed of their fertility and reproductive health. The recently formed Fertility Education Initiative is gaining momentum and aims to address the lack of knowledge about age related decline in fertility.
“The BFS has published brand new patient information on fertility and age providing a comprehensive overview of why fertility declines with age, how likely you are to get pregnant at different ages and what you can do to boost your chances.”
The British Fertility Society provides evidence-based, accurate and non-biased information to patients who are seeking more detail about certain treatments and a better understanding of more complex scientific issues. To see the latest Patient Information please visit here (weblink)
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.
For more information about the awareness week please visit the Fertility Network website at www.fertilitynetworkuk.org