HFEA responds to FNUK's patient survey
Fertility Network UK (FNUK) publish patient survey to mark the beginning of National Fertility Awareness Week
FNUK has today published a survey of 1,300 fertility patients which reveals the devastating toll infertility wreaks on people’s mental health, relationships, finances and career. Released at the start of National Fertility Awareness Week 2022, which runs between 31 October and 4 November 2022, the survey also highlights the lack of information provided by GPs and the limited support options.
In response to the survey, Julia Chain, Chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), said:
“Going through fertility treatment can be one of the most challenging times of a person’s life and it’s clear from this survey that the emotional, physical and financial implications of fertility, continue to affect patients today.”
“Providing fertility care is not just about achieving a pregnancy. A patient’s mental health should be a priority too. We are particularly concerned to see that 40% of respondents reported suicidal feelings and around half felt depressed. This emphasises the importance of access to counselling which UK licensed clinics are legally required to offer and make available to any patient who wants that support.”
“The HFEA provides impartial information about fertility on www.hfea.gov.uk to help people considering starting a family and this includes links to professional support.”
Review date: 31 October 2024