One of the most difficult aspects of being an IVF patient is balancing the treatment around your other commitments; this is particularly true for women who have scans, egg collection, embryo transfer, etc. to work round, but it can also be awkward for men who have to explain their way out of the office at short notice for a medical matter they’d probably really rather not discuss with their colleagues.
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has yet calculated the economic cost of all of those hours spent sitting in waiting rooms. Or indeed, the extent to which stress levels rise as patients fret over meetings they’re late for, deadlines they’ve missed and phone calls they can’t take in a crowded room full of mostly silent, unhappy patients.
There’s no statutory right for employees to take time off during IVF treatment and even if there were, how many women would be in a rush to tell their bosses that they’re trying to get pregnant?
That’s why I was delighted to speak with Dr. Suvir Venkataraman at Harley Street Fertility Clinic. This private clinic in London is challenging the norm and offering initial consultations and scans outside of normal office hours. So you can work and do IVF without having to tell your boss about it! They’re open for scans and initial consultations from 8 ’til 8 and on Saturdays. So, for example, you can choose to have evening scans with the same consultant throughout.
We’ll be publishing a full review of Harley Street Fertility Clinic in due course but if you’re a patient and have any comments, please do drop me a line.