It’s  National Fertility Awareness Week and all week on The Fertility Podcast blog we are going to feature guest blogs from our guests on the podcast so far. First up, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back Susan Seenan, CEO of Infertility Network UK  who I spoke to  in Episode 2 talking about the work she does.  Susan mentions The Fertility Show, featured in Episode  5  listen to find out more about what is happening there and how you can get a discount code for tickets.

Have a read of what Susan is up to.

“I’m hugely excited to be updating you on the second National Fertility Awareness Week #nfawuk !  The week is a fantastic opportunity to change the conversation and get people talking about fertility issues, and to highlight the extent and impact this can have on the lives of the one in six couples who can be affected.

We have been massively busy talking to clinics, organisations and individuals and asking them to join in and be part of the week.  Clinics are joining in the embryo challenge – and donating £5 to the charity for every embryo created during the week.  Lots more clinics, companies and individual people are joining in the Great Cake Bake, baking cupcakes and topping them off with our cake toppers, sharing with friends and share the facts about fertility.

The week ends with the biggest event in the fertility calendar – The Fertility Show, and it’s an event not to be missed if you can get to central London.   It’s the only place where you can listen and talk to the best fertility experts in the UK, find out what options are available for you, and do your research before making any decisions about which way your fertility journey will take you next.  Particularly if you can’t access NHS fertility treatment, it’s really important that you find out as much as you can about your options before having private treatment and at The Fertility Show you can find out what questions you need to ask before deciding where to have that treatment. Treatment is expensive – so take your time and check out the seminars at the show to help you make your mind up.  Seminars cover everything from the basics, how to help yourself, questions to ask when choosing a clinic, what to consider when going abroad, whether new technology will help you and a whole lot more!

Talking about NHS treatment – good news from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is that they have published a Quality Standard reinforcing the need for the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England to fully implement the three cycles recommended by NICE.  We will be working with the campaigning group Fertility Fairness to try to make sure that the CCGs take notice of the new Quality Standard and hopefully end the postcode lottery of NHS fertility treatment once and for all!

Once the awareness week is over, we will be reviewing all the feedback and comments we have received, and starting to plan for next year!  We are passionate about raising awareness, and getting people to understand how fertility problems impact on the lives of those affected. It’s an issue which is vastly misunderstood, and we aim to change that. So do get in touch with us to let us know what you want to see changed, and how best we can support anyone struggling to conceive. And do get involved with the awareness week – use the #nfawuk if you are talking about it on social media and find out more about the work we do and the week itself on our websites.”

Best Wishes

Susan Seenan

Chief Executive – Infertility Network UK

Follow Susan @SusanSeenan