The patient support charity Fertility Network UK has announced two new support groups which have been set up recently in Lancashire/Cumbria and in Hull.
I know many people don’t like to think that they might need a “support group” but what is so invaluable about the groups is being able to meet up with other people who are going through similar things and to share experiences. It really can be such a huge relief just to know that there are other people out there finding it hard to be happy when a close friend announces a pregnancy, or who take long detours to avoid the local nursery at pick up and drop off times. Going along to a group is a sign of strength rather than suggesting that you need more support than other people and if you see it that way, it can be a useful – and free – way of helping yourself through treatment.
For more information about the Lancashire/Cumbria group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and for the Hull group, you can email email@example.com.
You can find a list of all the other Fertility Network UK groups on their website here. There really is nothing to lose by going along once and seeing what you think – you may find it helps far more than you expected!
Great news from campaign group Fertility Fairness which reports that seven CCGs in Cheshire and Merseyside have increased their provision of IVF from two cycles to three. The CCGs in question are Warrington, Eastern Cheshire, Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool, South Cheshire and Vale Royal. It is hoped that four more in the area may follow their example.
Meanwhile, eight CCGs in Portsmouth , Southampton, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight region will decide whether to increase their provision next month. You can find out more by visiting the Fertility Fairness website. Let’s hope that this excellent example is followed by others who are still not offering the full three cycles NICE recommends.