June is World Infertility Awareness Month, a campaign to bring awareness of infertility issues to people across the globe.
This year, to support the event, we have looked into NHS fertility clinic referral wait times to establish the area that has the best access to fertility treatment.
Our study was based on data collected from over 650 NHS fertility clinics, analysing GP referral times, patient ratings, number of clinics per person, and waiting times for egg and sperm donors.
We have ranked each location according to their GP referral wait times in a league table below:
Recent ONS figures show that fertility rates in England are at an all-time low, falling from 1.66 children per woman in 2019 to 1.59 in 2020. One of the main reasons cited is the postponement in childbearing with women waiting until their late 30s and even early 40s before trying to conceive.
In response to this, our in-house team of midwives have worked to develop an information hub and not-for-profit conception kit to help people maximise the chance of getting pregnant naturally.
The hub, which is completely free to access, features clinically accurate information for men and women and aims to educate people on the science of conception and how to better understand their bodies and cycles.
The not-for-profit Trying To Conceive kit includes:
a book entitled ‘Your Guide To Trying To Conceive’
three months’ of ovulation sticks
a thermometer to measure basal body temperature
ovulation chart and pregnancy tests