Raising Awareness of fertility and reproductive health
This month I attended a Fertility Health Summit: Choice not Chance at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.
The summit was about raising awareness of fertility and reproductive health amongst the young.
The event was put together and led by Adam Balen a consultant in Reproductive medicine and Chair of the British Fertility Society.
The aim was to bring together groups of people interested in improving Sex and Relationship Education of young people and to make them aware of their fertility health.
The speakers came from a varied background with a good representation from the young with Brook which is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25, and Sexpression a student led group run in universities where young can talk about relationships in a safe environment with people of their own age.
It was so impressive to hear several young people who work for this organisation express themselves so eloquently and honestly.
It made me realise that these are the people who are the best at getting the information out to their age group in a measured and unbiased way.
We also heard from Professor Joyce Harper asking how can we engage with parents, schools and social media. Heath professionals should be advising women and men, informing them about their fertility, educating and allowing for informed choice. This was a theme that ran throughout the event.
One of the highlights for me was to hear Elisabeth Raith-Paula from Munich speak. She was a Doctor who went onto developed the widely successful program for children called My Fertility Matters. MFM teachers children at the age of 11 just at or before the onset of puberty about how their bodies work in relation to fertility.
It is hugely successful in Germany and has just come to the UK. I am a great advocate of this and have just started the training. Elisabeth delivered her talk with great charm and passion using her catch phrase
‘ I can only protect what I value and respect’.
There were many other brilliant speakers and organisations. This is just a snippet of the day. The full overview of the day written by Adam Balen can be found on my Facebook page –