Have YOU been affected by the UK shutdown of fertility services?
The COVID19 epidemic led to the closure of all fertility clinics in the UK, causing a delay in the fertility treatments of large numbers of men and women.
As of 11 May 2020, UK clinics licensed by the HFEA (Human Fertility and Embryology Authority) have been able to apply to reopen. Please click here to see the full list of those who has received HFEA approval to reopen.
Were YOU affected by this?
If you were affected by the pause in UK fertility services, then researchers at University College London would like to hear from you. They are particularly interested in your experiences and feelings regarding the closure of fertility clinics. They also want to know how COVID19 epidemic impacted on your treatment and your views about clinics reopening.
The aim of the research is to better understand the impact of this treatment delay on the lives, relationships and feelings of fertility patients. This gives valuable insight into patient perspectives of the situation.
Speaking for the research team, Dr Philomena Da Silva, Associate Counselling Psychologist, said, “We hope that this research can lead to more informed decision-making processes in the future regarding fertility treatment. We have found that many people appreciate the opportunity to express their views and to have a say in matters which are important to them.”
How to take part?
The study is open to all men and women (over the age of 18) in the UK who are undergoing or waiting to begin fertility treatment.
Simply click here where you will be instructed to take part in a questionnaire. It is completely anonymous and can be completed on your phone or laptop in approximately 20 minutes.