Free fertility support

Cmhc-LqWYAAWk88In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people offering fertility support services – often at premium prices from people who have no relevant qualifications and limited knowledge or expertise. What many people don’t realise is that the national charity, Fertility Network UK, provides an amazing range of support services which are all completely free.

The Fertility Network Support Line, run by a former fertility nurse, Diane, offers a unique fertility support service. Diane has a wealth of experience and has worked for the charity for more than 20 years, She can help not only with minor medical questions but provide you with the help you need based on her years of experience, and all calls to her are in complete confidence.

The Support Line has often been described as a ‘lifeline’ by those dealing with fertility issues. It is very normal to feel isolated, out of control, lonely or depressed when dealing with infertility, and Diane is there to help. No question is too trivial to ask and even if you just want to talk you can give her a call on 0121 323 5025 between 10am – 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or email her at support@fertilitynetworkuk.org.

Of course, that’s not all the charity has to offer. You can find a wide range of support groups right across the UK, an online community, a Facebook page and masses of information. Do check it out now at fertilitynetwork.org and save the money you were about to spend – or perhaps consider donating it!

Fertility advice in Wales

Cmhc-LqWYAAWk88If you want to know more about fertility and live in Wales, you may be interested in a fertility information event organised by Fertility Network UK and sponsored by Darren Millar AM.

Held at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay on Saturday 19th November from 10.30am to 4pm, this free event will bring together fertility clinics, practitioners and support agencies from all over the UK and Europe.

There will be the opportunity to have an informal chat and to pick up information on clinical and donor treatment options; fertility counselling; alternative family options; male fertility and local support services

For more information please contact Alice  – alice@fertilitynetworkuk.org

Fertility fair in Spain

logo internationalIf you’re based in Spain and want to know more about your options for fertility treatment, you may be interested in inviTRA, the fertility fair which is taking place in Barcelona In May.

There will be speakers on a range of different fertility-related topics as well and around 40 different clinics will be represented at the fair. You can find out more about the talks on the website. All the talks will be simultaneously translated into English, French and Italian.

The event will be taking place on 8 – 10 May at the Hotel Barceló Sants in Barcelona. Although the main focus is on the Saturday and Sunday, the fair opens to the public on the  afternoon of Friday 8 and will remain open until 8.30 pm. Entrance to the event is free, but you do need to download a ticket here –  http://www.invitra.com/ticket

Fertility information day – Cardiff

If you live anywhere in or near Cardiff, you will want to know about the fertility information day there on September 27. Organised by the charity Infertility Network UK, there will be a range of speakers on different subjects such as the latest treatment options, complementary therapies and fertility, male fertility problems and fertility counselling.

Bookings are now open – if you book before the end of the month, it costs just £5 – an absolute bargain as the price includes lunch and tea and coffee!  It’s a great opportunity to find out more about fertility – and to meet up with others too.  I’ll be there too – so you can come along and say hello!

You can book at www.infertilitynetworkuk.com

Reliable information

There’s so much information available now on the Internet about all aspects of infertility and treatment that it can be hard to work out what to trust and what to take with large pinches of salt!  I’m delighted that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have updated the pages on their website aimed at women, and have made them more accessible.

You will want to ignore all the stuff on the left-hand side of the page when you click on this link as it is all the obstetrics information, but you will find more general gynaecology information on the right-hand side of the page, including updates on endometriosis, PCOS and ovarian hyperstimulation.

It’s great that the RCOG has decided to make this information more readily available, as it gives you an expert view from those who really know their stuff.