I was excited, and slightly nervous to give the keynote address at a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels on infertility policy in the European Union.
The event called for sustained action to address infertility health inequalities across Europe. Around 100 people joined in the debate from throughout Europe and beyond looking at how barriers that prevent people getting help for fertility problems can be removed.
Romanian MEP Norica Nicolai, who hosted the debate, called for infertility to be treated as a medical condition with rights in the workplace for those seeking help.
Martin Powell of Empica, who wrote my biography with me, told those assembled how the story of my parents is reflected in the problems faced by 25 million EU citizens today.
A policy audit, that looked at how infertility is regarded in nine different EU countries, was launched at the debate. Fertility Europe and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) developed the report to break the wall of silence on infertility. The report, supported by Merck, looked at the policies in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
You can source a copy of the report and more information here: http://fertilityeurope.eu/