Yesterday (28 October) marked the beginning of Fertility Week, the week aims to spread awareness of fertility issues to a wider audience. In the UK one in every six couples face the issue.
Every year Fertility Week highlights fertility issues experienced by one in eight women and one in 10 men in the UK.
This year the week aims to put a media spotlight on infertility while highlighting different issues each day of the week.
Infertility is not just about your physical health, it can affect your mental health, too. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health, especially when you are facing health issues.
These feelings can be exacerbated if it seems as if no one else understands what you are going through. Explaining how you feel to friends and family can ease the mental pressure of infertility.
Support groups both online and locally can help you find people to talk to who are in a similar situation to yourself.
Fertility in the workplace
The majority of people going through fertility problems are of working age. Knowing your rights as an employee can remove any pressure you feel in the workplace. The key to easing any pressure in the workplace is flexibility and understanding.
— Fertility Network (@FertilityNUK) October 29, 2019
Speak to your employer about what they can do to make your work fit around appointments and treatments, and as if they have a fertility in the workplace policy in place.
The third day of Fertility Week will highlight the lack of promotion of male voices in the fertility community. Although men are part of the fertility equation, they may find it harder to talk about their feelings or any issues.
Such a hugely important topic which needs to be talked about. Particularly as part of #MensHealth and the significant mental impact #infertility can have on men as well as women #YouAreNotAlone #FertilityWeek #ladsladslads https://t.co/o5NTvdd52f
— Vaibhav Modgil (@VaibhavModgil) October 28, 2019
Using #MenMatter, men facing infertility will be encouraged to share their experiences and advice on social media.
Without raising awareness around infertility, the stigma surrounding the topic will continue to exist. Fertility education is a focus of Fertility Week with over 70 per cent of young people unaware of the lifestyle factors that could affect their fertility.
Fertility issues can creep up on you and before you know what’s happened you’re 1 in 8 for whom the struggle is real. I’ve blogged about how infertility affected my whole life in ways I’d never have imagined. https://t.co/m5A89oIPRE#Fertilityweek #youarenotalone https://t.co/9f3Ucs3tS5
— Tori Day (@ToriDayWrites) October 29, 2019
Fertility Network UK will share results from their Scottish Government funded project #FutureFertility this Thursday (31 October) to highlight the need for better fertility education.
World Fertility Day
Fertility Week will draw to a close at The Fertility Show (1–3 November) and on World Fertility Day (2 November). Now in its eleventh year, the show brings together fertility experts, clinics and doctors in one place, providing information and advice on fertility.
World Fertility Day will provide the opportunity for people to share their stories and experiences of infertility, and to empower others with knowledge from global experts. Use #WorldFertilityDay and #YouAreNotAlone to share your story.