Fear for job prospects stops employees confiding in bosses over fertility treatment

A third of people undergoing fertility treatment are concerned about telling their employer, a new study reveals.

About 100 of the 300 fertility patients questioned by the Infertility Network UK charity said they did not feel they could tell their employer they were having treatment. Respondents were most concered about their career prospects and confidentiality.

Clare Brown, chief executive of the charity, said work worries were a recurring theme for people with fertility problems.

“The emotional and physical impact of infertility and treatment is often underestimated,” she said.

“Couples are having to deal with a very distressing [condition] that they can never get away from and anything employers can do to help should be encouraged.”

One in seven couples experience some degree of fertility problems throughout their lifetime, the charity said.


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