January 28, 2021
Infertility is far more common than we think. It can feel like a very lonely journey but we never know who around us is having a similar experience. On in six couples struggle to conceive. Over 50% of infertility cases involve male infertility either solely or in-conjunction with female infertility. So why is it there is so little support specifically for men? In this episode comedian, TV and radio host Rhod Gilbert shares his experience of being diagnosed with fertility problems and how it felt to be suddenly immersed into the world of fertility.
Rhod has created an awesome TV documentary called Stand Up to Infertility is on BBC Wales on Monday 25th January, 9pm and then on iPlayer and also being broadcast BBC2 in the UK on 30th January, 9.40pm. I am sorry I’m not sure how you access BBC content outside the UK!
On the back of Rhod’s experience he started a campaign to get more men talking and getting more support for men on the fertility journey:
This is a private Facebook Infertility Support Group group for men:
Fertility Network UK is UK based charity providing support and resources for those experiencing infertility.
Resolve is a similar charity in the US:
Get in touch:
About the Show:
I help women and couples remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant. Based on my and my wife’s 10 year fertility journey and the work of my clients I believe too many couples have IVF unnecessarily and that the success rate of IVF is unnecessarily low. We can see how much our mind and emotions played a part in our fertility journey and when we found a place of peace without giving up that’s when the magic happened - we conceived naturally against all odds. I help me clients do the same - remove psychological blocks to getting pregnant naturally or getting the successful IVF outcome they so want.
When I ask women what having a baby will give them they usually say a sense of completeness, love and purpose. It’s our fear of not having these things, a fear of not being enough, worthy that tends to be behind our fear of not having a baby. These limiting beliefs have usually been around since an early age and infertility shines a spotlight on them. Many of my clients have strived for success in their life whether career or other things. That approach doesn’t work for fertility. In fact it puts tension in the body which decreases their chances of success.
The podcast is short does of insight, giving women and couples new perspectives that allows them to see their fertility from the ‘inside-out’. To see help them let go of their insecure thoughts and feelings and connect to their innate wellbeing that knows they are enough and OK whatever happens. This moves having a baby from being a ’need’ to to a desire. It takes the pressure of the process and their mind and body relax into it’s natural flow state. Stress can impact the delicate balance of hormones required for a successful pregnancy.