There will be an opportunity to talk about infertility and the options for support and treatment at an event being held at Norwich City FC.
The Fertility Awareness event at Carrow Road on Thursday, December 3, at 6.30pm, has been organised by the Bourne Hall Clinic, which has premises in Lynn.
Register at www.bourn-hall-clinic.co.uk
Dr Hamed Al-Taher, Bourn Hall’s lead clinician in Norfolk, said that Carrow Road was chosen as a neutral location.
He said: “The first step in dealing with infertility is for a couple to talk to each other and find out how the other is feeling. It is then much easier to explore the issues and the options that they have.
“By holding the event at Carrow Road, we hope to create a more relaxed and informal environment and create a space for people to talk more freely.”
The event includes short presentations about conception and the common causes of infertility and then there is the opportunity for individuals or couples to have a mini consultation with a friendly Fertility Nurse Specialist to gain advice about issues specific to them.
There is also an optional complimentary tour of the ground, at 5.30pm, an hour before the event starts.
Bourn Hall has a full-service fertility clinic at Wymondham just outside Norwich and also a new satellite clinic at Lynn.
It treats both self-funded and NHS patients.
The clinic has its own sperm bank and runs a sperm and egg sharing programme which offers free treatment to those eligible to participate.
Policeman Keith and his wife Jenny are people helped by Bourne Hall.
He said infertility puts a strain on relationships as policeman
“On the same day I was told by two of my wife’s closest friends that they were both pregnant with a third child. I had no idea how to tell Jenny. In the end I just hugged her tight and told her straight.
“I think we both found that day coping with our friends’ good news one of the hardest of all.
It was difficult because we were both happy for them but achingly upset about how tough it seemed for us.”
Following on from IVF treatment, Keith and Jenny went on to have baby Barney.