My blog this month is straight from the Fertility Network UK website highlighting Fertility Week, so if you've been affected by fertility issues, read on:
"BBC Radio5 Live Breakfast Fertility Day, Tuesday 29th October 6-9am
BBC Radio 5 Live will be talking candidly about all aspects of fertility and creating families in a network-wide Fertility Day on Tuesday 29 October. 5 Live Breakfast will focus on positive solutions and finding support for anyone facing fertility challenges, after Wake Up To Money has looked into the (big) business of commercial fertility treatment.
Throughout the day 5 Live will be looking at fertility in BAME communities as well as embryo adoption and male infertility. There will be an exclusive interview with Sally Cheshire who is head of the UK’s fertility regulator the HFEA. Celebrities will tell their own stories, with Izzy Judd sharing how she and husband (ex Mcfly singer and former Strictly winner) Harry Judd underwent IVF treatment to have their family.
The Emma Barnett Show will link up with BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show when they’ll ask why fertility is such a difficult subject to talk about.
5 Live’s award-winning Mum Takeover and a Sex Takeover in 2018 were big hits with the station’s audiences, featuring a combination of fearless digital features and full and frank on air chat.
5 Live’s special fertility day is part of Fertility Week – a partnership between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Content will be online at www.bbc.co.uk/fertilityweek and BBC Sounds will also feature a highlights package from both networks.
Monday 28th October #MentalMatters
Infertility is a disease that is not only about your physical health, but one that can affect your mental health too. It is so important to look after and be kind to yourself. Which is why on our #MentalMatters day, the kick-starter of National Fertility Awareness Week, we will share tips from mental health experts, as well as testimonials from real people within our community. This day is not just about raising awareness about fertility and mental health but providing our network with solutions to help you navigate through this chapter in your life.
Read the results of our Fertility Network UK Survey on the Impact of Fertility Problems.
Tuesday 29 October #FertilityInTheWorkplace
Most people going through fertility treatment are of working age. It’s important to both know your rights as an employee, and how to provide a supportive work environment as an employer. For our #FertilityInTheWorkplace day we will share research findings in collaboration with Middlesex University,Experiences and psychological distress of fertility treatment and employment.*
The key to #FertilityInTheWorkplace really is flexibility and understanding. Don’t forget to check our social media on this day, where we show how proposing a supportive workplace can be made into a reality and make a real difference to employees going through fertility treatment.
Wednesday 30th October #MenMatter
Men are half of the fertility equation but may find it harder to express their feelings. Unfortunately, there is a severe lack of promotion of male voices in this community. To raise awareness of this, Fertility Network UK will spotlight he male voice and share testimonials from men facing infertility.
Fertility Network will also share an all-important documentary, The Easy Bit, which focuses on the male experience.
Thursday 31st October #FertilityEducation
71% of young people are not aware of lifestyle factors that could affect their fertility. We share results from our own Fertility Education project #FutureFertility. as well as Cardiff’s University’s Guide To Fertility.** It is essential to provide targeted information to a diverse range of age groups.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd November #TheFertilityShow
Fertility Week culminates in The Fertility Show at Olympia, London – the biggest and best-attended fertility show in the world. Fertility Network is proud to be a partner of the show. Join us there https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london
Saturday 2nd November – #WorldFertilityDay
Hosted by IVF Babble, World Fertility Day is a day to share your stories, be empowered with knowledge and learn from leading global experts. Click here to find out more.