I had never really considered infertility until a few members of my family and friends started to 'not get pregnant.' As with most people - my stock answer was don't worry it will happen - just relax - if you don't think about it, well - its sure to just happen. How ignorant was I about the devastating effects that fertility problems have on the people concerned.
About 1 in 6 couples in the UK are having difficulty conceiving - it can be a devastating, lonely and isolating experience. It is not made any easier by the fact that often other family members and friends do not understand - although many may really try to be helpful. Fertility problems are often suffered secretly as men and women find the subject too distressing to discuss with family and friends. There are support groups across the UK that offer a friendly place to meet others that are travelling a similar journey. The infertility network UK offer advice on NHS funding - what you can do if the NHS will not fund the treatment you are entitled to and the latest research and updates.
Freephone infertility network helpline 0800 008