Today in the UK, around 1 in 6 couples will struggle to conceive a child naturally. That means around 3.5 million people will find themselves facing possible infertility.
Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. Both the Department of Health (DoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognise infertility as a disease.
The mission of Infertility Network UK is to provide compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, I N UK is a national charity providing local support, information and education to help women and men diagnosed with infertility. Supported by a strong volunteer network, I N UK offers wide ranging help for the infertility journey so no-one need suffer alone and in silence.
We also lead the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) for fair and equitable access to NHS funded treatment. NHS funding for fertility varies hugely across the UK and we campaign for an end to the selective and distressing ‘postcode lottery’ approach to NHS funding which has enabled many people to get the treatment they were once denied.
Our website www.infertilitynetworkuk.com offers wide ranging information on the infertility journey with a variety of online resources and factsheets, all available to download free of charge.
A strong online community provides virtual support to anyone and we are actively engaged with many thousands of patients via on forums, Facebook and twitter. We help people make sense of how it feels to face infertility and ease the loneliness and isolation on both an emotional and practical level.
We are here for everyone. From Day 1 through investigations, treatment and beyond. We work closely with all the relevant professional bodies including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and government officials throughout the UK to ensure patients have a voice that is clearly heard.
We work throughout the UK with a formal branch in Scotland and regional staff working in both Northern Ireland and in London and the South East.
We operate a Freephone Helpline as well as a Support Line run by a nurse who also has counselling experience.
Our More to life network offers support for anyone ending treatment and facing involuntary childlessness.
Our AceBabes network gives ongoing support to anyone who has successful had a family through any form of assisted conception.
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Launching October 28 – November 3 2013, NIAW will inform the public about the medical and emotional issues faced by everyone facing infertility. www.niaw.org.uk
Talking about Trying is a campaign to being infertility out of the closet, get more people talking about it and raise it up the political agenda.