Campaign to give statutory leave to IVF couples reaches Parliament

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Campaign to give statutory leave to IVF couples reaches Parliament

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  • “It’s emotionally exhausting, expensive, risky, and a lengthy process.”

    In Health News TODAY, MP Nikki Aiken has launched a campaign to put off work for couples going through IVF statutory time.

    The campaign, which has now reached Parliament, aims to give couples enough time to seek treatment and encourage employers to provide better support.

    What does ivf mean in vitro fertilization and, according to the NHS website, describes fertilizing an egg with sperm in a laboratory. Usually couples go for IVF when they have trouble conceiving.

    That’s where the lawmaker’s bill comes in – to develop compassionate, more compassionate guidelines for giving couples time off for IVF. Aiken argues that couples should have legal rights and protections from the point at which they begin fertility treatment and that it should be a legal requirement for employers to have a workplace fertility policy.

    Aiken said: “Fertility treatment affects millions of people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds. It is emotionally exhausting, costly, risky and a lengthy process. You can go through several cycles before you conceive. They can be unpredictable, and women have to deal with symptoms, risks of complications, and day-to-day practicalities such as self-injection.”

    “It’s very hard to go through treatment while juggling a career,” he continues. “Many people feel they can’t tell their employer for a promotion for fear of being overlooked or redundant. The number of people hiding this from their employer and taking sick leave is staggering. It’s no surprise that more than a third have considered quitting their jobs.”

    “This must change. Couples need permission to attend fertility appointments no matter where they work, without fear of negatively impacting their careers. My Private Members bill couples taking time off for fertility treatment prescribing to give the right of prenatal appointments, just as they do for antenatal appointments.”

    One in six couples will be affected by infertility in their lifetime.

    data from Fertility Matters 2020 Survey at Work shows that a third of people currently undergoing IVF treatment have considered quitting their jobs, while 70 percent have had to take time off to get sick.

    The findings also indicated that many do not feel comfortable discussing IVF treatment openly with their employer and therefore struggle largely unsupported during the visit.

    Some said they feared it would be held against them, they would not be considered for the next promotion, or they would risk facing redundancies. When they chat with their boss, many feel it was used against them during discussions about future opportunities such as promotions.

    Hopefully this bill will help millions of people who are struggling to juggle both fertility treatment and work.

    The bill also aims to be inclusive – that is, offer IVF leave no matter what your job or where you work.

    What do you believe – should there be a right for couples to have statutory time off to undergo fertility treatment?

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