Women could be given paid time off to have fertility treatment if a new law gets passed in parliament
The new Private Members Bill would give women up to three days of paid leave that can be granted in any one year of having fertility treatment.
The NHS England Guidance states that fertility is a sensitive subject, and all companies must allow women and their partners the time off.
The bill was proposed by Conservative MP Nickie Aiken who was concerned that too many couples were having to go through multiple rounds of IVF in secret.
The bill was heard in the House of Commons on June 20 in its second hearing but there is still a long way to go.
Ms Aiken said in putting forward the bill: “Undergoing treatment while juggling a career can be tough.
“Many people feel they cannot tell their employer for fear of being overlooked for a promotion or being made redundant.
“This must change. Couples need the permission to attend fertility appointments no matter where they work, without fear of being negatively impacted in their career.”
She also suggested companies provide a safe place for women to inject the IVF hormones required daily during treatment.
Sara Marshall-Page, co-founder of IVF babble said the bill was something that so many women would benefit from.
She said: “This new law would help so many women to feel more comfortable in the workplace while going through IVF treatment.
“IVF babble is in total support of Nickie Aiken and hope it is successful.”
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