Workers in the UK are by law entitled to time off work for maternity and paternity leave. But with more organisations now offering fertility treatments as an employee benefit, should procedures be considered simply a ‘perk’ or a statutory right?
In 2016 the number of women having children over 40 was higher than the number of women under 20 for the first time since World War II, demonstrating that fertility treatments have come on leaps and bounds. Nonetheless, people all over the world are still plagued with infertility issues. The Understanding Fertility special report, published in The Times, discusses why fertility education in schools is vital, as well as the pros and cons of online fertility forums. It explores why male fertility needs to become a priority, how femtech could tackle the stigma holding back fertility awareness in Africa, and how advances in both technology and society have made it easier than ever for single and same-sex parents to have a family. Also featured is comment on whether employers are responsible for supporting staff struggling with fertility issues, and an infographic examining the disparities in global birth rates
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Shared motherhood IVF and egg-freezing procedures are opening up options for many same-sex couples and single women wanting to start to a family
As the femtech industry grows, the pioneers of the revolution discuss the future of women’s health
With the frequency and consequences of female infertility becoming increasingly problematic, a more scientific approach to IVF is required to raise success rates and reduce costs
The ultimate expression of life and health, pregnancy has a profound impact on the physical, mental and socio-economic state of women and their families
As one in six couples who struggle to conceive know, navigating the vast seas of fertility care can be a testing time. From long waits to appointments clashing with professional and personal obligations, feelings of stress, anxiety and confusion seem ubiquitous when facing treatments such as IVF
Infertility is an issue for millions of people around the world. Fertility clinics are consequently under ever-increasing pressure as a growing number of people seek IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment and genetic testing