We're justifiably proud of our National Health Service in the UK, but when it comes to fertility treatment, there's nothing very national about it. Whether or not you qualify for medical help from the NHS for a fertility problem depends entirely on where you live, and the postcode lottery for IVF treatment causes great distress to many patients.
Different dosages of drugs are used by different clinics, with some clinics even using 600 IU of FSH per day which is very high. Some clinics also give "off label" medication during the implantation phase and early pregnancy. It is concerning that there is no regulation as to what drugs are given and in what dosages.
The concept of womb transplantation is not new, originally put forward in the 1960s as a possible cure for infertility. The success of IVF treatment in the 1970s, however, saw the idea of womb transplantation disappear, and the field move in the direction of life-saving surgery, such as lung, heart and kidney transplantation.
Whatever stage you are at in the fertility journey, becoming a mother or father becomes the centre of your world. Every waking moment you become aware of where you are in your cycle and those on the 'IVF train' have the long and often anxious six weeks journey of hope, excitement, joy and often disappointment.
Sex and relationship education is for now and fertility education is for the future. Conception and contraception are two sides of the same coin. We need to empower our young people with education on fertility, so that they can stand a better chance of falling pregnant when they choose to. Education empowers.