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6 February 2024

1 in 6 individuals or couples face difficulties conceiving naturally.

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When it comes to starting or expanding a family, the journey isn't always as straightforward as we hope. Studies indicate that approximately 1 in 6 couples, unfortunately, face fertility challenges. Dealing with fertility issues can be emotionally and physically draining, but it's important to remember that support is available. This January, we are focusing on the 1 in 6. We will shed light on the significance of testing, the need for support networks, and the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding fertility issues. We aim to educate, and support those affected while breaking the stigma surrounding infertility. Our mission is to foster understanding, education and compassion, ensuring that no one feels alone in their journey towards parenthood.

Understanding the Prevalence of Fertility Issues

Fertility struggles actually affect a substantial number of people. According to recent WHO statistics, approximately 1 in 6 individuals or couples face difficulties conceiving naturally. Therefore, chances are you know someone struggling with their fertility. Some of your friends, family or co-workers may be struggling, so it is important to always be mindful of your words and actions to other people.

It's a common misconception that infertility only affects women; however, male infertility also plays a significant role in fertility challenges. By acknowledging the prevalence of fertility issues and that it is an issue that affects both men and women, we can foster empathy and understanding within society and help break down the walls of infertility.

The Importance of Fertility Testing

A couple isn’t considered infertile until they have been trying to conceive without success for over 12 months if they are under 35 or after 6 months of trying if they are over 35.

If you're experiencing challenges in conceiving, seeking professional guidance is the first step toward finding a solution. Fertility testing plays a crucial role in identifying the underlying causes and determining the appropriate treatment options. The sooner fertility issues are identified, the better the chances of finding effective solutions.

By undergoing fertility testing early, individuals can explore different treatment avenues, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and other advanced options. The earlier the testing is done, the more time there is to explore and consider different treatment approaches, increasing the chances of success.

Our state-of-the-art diagnostic tests help identify hormonal imbalances, and reproductive disorders, enabling tailored treatment plans for individuals and couples.

Building a Supportive Network

Many individuals and couples experience feelings of frustration, guilt, and anxiety as they navigate the challenges of conception. Breaking free from this emotional burden often begins by finding a supportive network. Joining support groups or seeking fertility counselling can provide a safe space to share experiences, gain insights, and find solace in the knowledge that you are not alone in your journey. Whether it's through family, friends, or fertility counsellors it can provide comfort, strength, and valuable insights on the journey toward building a family. Complete Fertility understands the importance of emotional well-being and offers personalised counselling and support services to patients, promoting a holistic approach to fertility treatment and ensuring all our patients feel supported physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Breaking the Stigma Surrounding Fertility Issues

Society often places unnecessary pressure on individuals and couples when it comes to fertility and family planning. The stigma surrounding fertility issues can lead to feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and shame. It's crucial to challenge these societal norms and educate people about the complexities of fertility. By raising awareness, engaging in open conversations, and sharing stories of resilience, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society. Complete Fertility hopes that it can help break the silence and stigma around fertility issues and educate the wider public about fertility issues.

How can you get involved in this campaign?

How can you get involved and support those struggling?

Spread the Word: Share our campaign across your social networks using the hashtag #1in6. Let's make infertility a topic that people feel comfortable discussing openly.

Empathy and Support: Show compassion towards those going through fertility issues by offering kind words, and encouragement. A small act of kindness can make a world of difference to someone who feels isolated. Remember that infertility is invisible, and you never know who is facing these struggles. It could be a friend, colleague or even a family member. Be kind and show support.

Facing fertility challenges can be an overwhelming experience, but it's essential to remember that help is available. We are acknowledging the prevalence of fertility issues, encouraging fertility testing, building support networks, and breaking the stigma, so that we can create a more empathetic and understanding environment. Complete Fertility’s commitment to providing cutting-edge fertility options and comprehensive support exemplifies the importance of accessible and compassionate care. If you or someone you know is struggling with fertility issues, remember that you are not alone.

If you are struggling to conceive, talk to one of our fertility experts today for advice.

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