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Jul 11

Patient Session ESHRE Congress in Geneva 2017

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Geneva 2017

 
 
Jul 03

Fertility Europe Council Meeting

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Fertility Europe Annual Council Meeting was held during ESHRE Congress in Geneva 3rd July 2017.
The meeting was successful with Council members approving Annual Report and Accounts for last year as well as a plan for the next year.
The best news is accepting three new Members – National Infertility Support and Information Group from Ireland, Malta Infertility Network and Udruženje Šansa za Roditeljstvo (Chance for Parenthood) from Serbia. Welcome!
We also had very interesting presentations from our guests:
Emily Koert on The efficacy of a fertility education website in increasing knowledge and changing fertility beliefs.
Jenny Stern on The reproductive life plan in Sweden.

See you all next year at Council Meeting during ESHRE Congress in Barcelona!
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Wall of Hope in Geneva 2017

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Real stories behind infertility… The Wall of Hope on #ESHRE2017 was displayed again this year in the main entrance hall of the Palexpo Geneva. Different stories from different countries were presented on our postcards. Real stories of people having suffered or still suffering fertility issues.

 

Very touching to see people searching for stories from their own countries and many asking to be photographed with the Wall of Hope.
Thank you all the Families, who shared their stories!



 
 
Jun 29

Fertility Europe at ESHRE Congress in Geneva 2-5 July 2017

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Again this year during ESHRE Congress, Fertility Europe is holding an Annual Council Meeting.

Geneva, Switzerland

We will be presenting the Wall of Hope – photos and stories of real families, who wanted to share their testimony of facing infertility. Please, come and have a look at the beautiful families of Europe in the courtesy area of ESHRE.
We will be waiting to talk to you in Fertility Europe stand located in the exhibit hall.

We would also like to welcome you to take part in the Fun Fun 3 July 2017 at 18.30 in the park in front of the PalExpo main entrance (E10) – as every year ESHRE members and participants team up with Fertility Europe to do a little good for their own health and help raise funds for patient groups throughout Europe.

Fun Run registration

or just come and cheer the runners!

See you in Geneva!

 
 
Jun 19

Zachatie -The Reproductive Health Day in Bulgaria

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In 2006, Bulgarian patient association Zachatie organized the first national infertility awareness event, called The Reproductive Health Day. This event later became the big traditional annual event of the association, held each year in a different Bulgarian town. It’s a unique meeting of patients and leading infertility experts.

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Each year features a different main topic for discussion and media coverage. During the open info sessions, leading medical professionals present the latest news in the reproductive medicine, assisted reproduction and fertility evaluation and treatment. Each presentation is followed by an open discussion with Q&A. An important part of this event are the free consultations with the leading reproductive health professionals for hundreds of infertile patients. New feature this year was the highly successful Fertility Expo Alley, representing all major IVF clinics and providing information at a glance. For the last few years, thanks to their charity campaign, Zachatie Association is able to provide several vouchers for financial support of diagnostic and treatment procedures for infertility couples, visiting the event.
During its 12 years’ history, around 3,000 people have benefited from free consultations and medical information, provided through Reproductive Health Day.

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The History of the Reproductive Health Day:
2006 – “First Reproductive Health day”, Pleven
2007 – “Infertility and Demographic Collapse”, Sofia
2008 – “A Heart under My Heart”, Stara Zagora
2009 – “A Sea of Children Smiles”, Burgas
2010 – “A Look into Male Infertility”, Plovdiv
2011 – “ First Steps: Diagnostics & Prophylaxis”, Varna
2012 – “Give a Hand: Society and Infertility”, Haskovo
2013 – “To Donate Life”, Russe
2014 – “10 Years Zachatie Association”, Sofia
2015 – “The Long Way: Unexplained Infertility”, Bansko
2016 –“New Ways Towards the Baby”, Stara Zagora
2017 –“New Horizons to the Dream”, Burgas

 
 
Jun 05

DISCRIMINATION IN INFERTILITY TREATMENT – YOUR STORIES

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Ms Norica Nicolai MEP asked to send her stories of discrimination in access to ART in your countries. We are collecting the stories at the moment to be sent all together by 20th June. The stories can be anonymous, but you are very welcome to provide your contact details, if you like.
Below is the example, how the description may look, but, please, send us stories from your country, even if they are less detailed.
Please, send them to office@fertilityeurope.eu

Example 1:
Juliette 39 & Joachim 39 in Paris

Situation : Married, 1 child from a first marriage, 5 years trying to conceive, 4 years MAR treatments and examination, 3 natural pregnancies ending with 3 miscarriages
Background : Both infertiles with low ovarian reserve, hyper-activation of the immune system* for Juliette & high percentage of atypical shaped sperm for Joachim
MAR treatments : Oral stimulation, 4 ICSI
Next step : Treatments with egg donation abroad (costs : 10 000 euros)
Financial expenses not reimbursed : 15 000 euros -) psychological counselling and holistic support for both (11 000 euros) & medical examination (4000 euros)
Medical condition : Depression, hospital stay and medical leave after miscarriages, medical abuse
Social life : Isolation, loss of friends, not participating to family events
Working situation : Fixed term contracts and unemployment since 2013 to adapt to treatments
Indirect costs : Loss of wage & career disruption for Juliette
Project abandoned : Real estate acquisition
Discriminations : 1) No access to ICSI with egg donation in France 2) Medical fees not reimbursed : endometrial biopsy, sperms examination, psychological counselling 3) Long career disruption for Juliette

Example 2:
Marta & Kuba, Poland

7 years of treatment, 3 ivf (two of them NOT reimbursed)
2 children

Discrimination:
– despite national health insurance – diagnose, tests and treatment not reimbursed;
– legal regulations of 2015 forces them to donate their
remaining embryos;
– legal regulations of 2015 bans them from non-anonymous donation of their remaining embryos;
– legal regulations of 2015 bans them from destroying their remaining embryos or donating them for scientific research.

 
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Apr 18

EPAF launch report

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On 28 March 2017, MEP Norica Nicolai (ALDE), hosted a launch event for the first Policy Audit on Fertility – Analysis of 9 EU Countries. The report, sponsored by Merck, was written by Fertility Europe (FE) and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), resulted in a constructive roundtable discussion addressing not only the challenges surrounding infertility, but also what can be done to solve them.

“To talk about fertility is to talk about life, it is to talk about family.” – MEP Valcárcel Siso

“The idea of family has changed. Science and society are evolving and the law needs to keep up. The role of the MEPs is to find solutions to citizens’ problems.” – MEP Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

“Limitations [in access to ART] are only justified when they improve safety, efficacy, fairness. They are not justified when they create discrimination regarding life choices like postponing parenthood.” – Monika Bulmańska-Wingett, Fertility Europe

Meeting report from FEChair
 
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Apr 01

Deputy Member of Executive Committee election

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Fertility Europe needs another Deputy Member who would complete and reinforce the Executive Committee. This election is to take place during Fertility Europe Council Meeting in Geneva, 3rd July 2017. The term of the new deputy will only last one year until 2018, when the new Executive Committee will be elected. So this is a great opportunity to experience the work in ExCo without the need to commit for 3 years of full term.

Each Effective Member association is invited to propose up to five (5) candidates for the ExCo deputy member position. The last day to send proposals is 4th May 2017 and we kindly ask you to send them to Klaudija Kordic (klaudija(at)fertilityeurope.eu), the Secretary of the ExCo with the copy to Office Manager (office(at)fertilityeurope.eu).

The Chairperson will send a full list of all proposed candidates to all members by electronic means by 3rd June 2017.

Executive Committee is looking forward to receiving your proposals and please contact Office Manager if you need any more information.

 
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Mar 31

Fertility Europe in the European Parliament

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European Policy Audit on Fertility has been presented in the European Parliament by ESHRE and Fertility Europe. Our host MEP Norica Nicolai, MEP Beatriz Beccerra Basterrechea and MEP Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso gave us a lot of hope that there is political will to establish safe and equal access to treatment for 25 million of people facing infertility in Europe.

Louise Joy Brown, first IVF conceived baby, was with us to support the cause!

The full text of EPAF can be read on our website and more information and videos from the event will be published soon.

 
 

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