Our Fertility Practitioners
Peppy fertility practitioners are all registered specialist fertility nurses, who have the knowledge and expertise to counsel people about all aspects of fertility health and wellbeing. All our practitioners are members of the British Fertility Society and the Royal College of Nursing and have undertaken specific clinic-based fertility training programmes. All practitioners adhere to our ‘fertility principles of practice’ which are in line with UK NICE guidance on the diagnosis and management of fertility as well as professional recommendations from the British fertility Society.
Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples in the UK. Infertility can go undiagnosed for many years leading people to reach out for help quite late. If a couple has been trying to conceive for over a year and are under the age of 36, then a GP or fertility specialist may diagnose infertility. For women over the age of 36, specialist help should be sought sooner as a woman’s fertility declines as she becomes older. Difficulty conceiving can also impact emotional wellbeing and mental health. Often people are not aware of what steps are needed to obtain specialist advice with regards to their fertility.
There are many reasons why people may need fertility support, advice and treatment. These may include:
- Couples trying to conceive for more than one year
- Couples who already have children but struggle with secondary infertility
- People that have experienced miscarriage
- Single people wanting to become parents through gamete donation
- Women or couples who have been diagnosed with some types of cancer that have affected their fertility
- Same-sex couples needing gamete donation or surrogacy
- Couples and single people that need fertility treatment for hereditary conditions
- People that want fertility advice and support for fertility preservation
- Future family planning and people looking for general fertility advice
Understanding your fertility health, knowing what is normal, and making active choices about fertility are positive steps towards improving your general health and wellbeing. However, fertility is an intensely personal issue. Surveys indicate that employees often find it challenging to discuss fertility issues with their colleagues and managers. Having access to a dedicated workplace fertility support programme can have a positive impact on employees and help them to remain productive while they navigate their fertility journey.
What can I expect from a fertility practitioner?
A fertility practitioner will help you understand what is normal, and answer any questions about fertility health and trying to conceive. They can explain the steps needed to check your fertility health, and offer a range of options that may help when trying to conceive, including lifestyle and dietary choices, supplements and therapy choices and where to go for further expert help. They will be able to answer all your questions about all fertility treatments, including IVF and offer individualised fertility support. The discussion will equip you to make an informed choice about how you want to proceed. After the call, you will receive a summary of key discussion points. We will also give you access to trusted resources that can assist you on your fertility journey.
What qualifications and experience do Peppy Fertility practitioners have?
All Peppy Fertility practitioners are:
- Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council,
- The British Fertility Society and the Royal College of Nursing.
- Fully indemnified for clinical practice,
- Have at least three years of experience of clinical fertility practice,
- Have completed clinical training in fertility care.
Practitioners are expected to maintain their fertility expertise by attending regular continuing education programs and by being members of the professional society.