Do you feel able to tell other people about your fertility problems? For every person trying unsuccessfully to conceive who feels able to talk about it, there are many others who are uncomfortable discussing such an intensely personal issue. Sometimes it’s the stigma attached to infertility that makes it hard to be open, sometimes it’s the attitude of others around them – and sometimes it’s just that it’s too painful to discuss.
Now, the charity Infertility Network UK has launched a campaign called Talking about Trying aimed at ending the secrecy and stigma surrounding infertility. The charity hopes this will not only raise awareness, but will also give anyone who is experiencing fertility problems a voice and get people talking about infertility in an open and honest way.
The campaign was launched to mark the charity’s tenth anniversary, and Chief Executive Clare Lewis-Jones said; “We are on a mission to end the isolation and secrecy of infertility — and we’d like you to be part of it! Over the past 10 years, we have had a huge impact on the lives of people trying to conceive. But there’s still a long way to go and we need to move with the times and raise much more awareness of the pain of infertility – because it’s not going away”.
She went on to explain that many thousands of couples felt the need to keep their fertility problems under wraps, suffering alone, when in fact they could be helped by getting in touch with others who were experiencing similar issues, and concluded; “It’s time for infertility to come out of the closet.”
I’m so glad Infertility Network UK have launched this campaign, because I felt extremely isolated and alone when we were trying unsuccessfully to conceive. I found it very hard to talk about it, and joining a support group made me realise how empowering it could be to get in touch with others who were in the same position. It was only after my fertility treatment that I discovered two other people I knew were going through exactly the same thing at the same time – because none of us had felt able to talk about it, we all suffered in isolation. That’s why I am delighted to back Infertility Network UK in their Talking about Trying campaign.
You can find out more about Infertility Network UK and the help and support they offer at www.infertilitynetworkuk.com