IVF and work: call for participants

The IVF at Work project underway at the University of Reading's Henley Business School is currently looking to recruit a diverse group of women who have undergone, or are currently undergoing, fertility treatment while in employment. The project aims to learn more about women's experiences of undergoing IVF while in employment and to consider the associated challenges, expectations and experiences as well as organisational responses.

Participation involves an interview which will last between 30 and 60 minutes and participants remain anonymous throughout the research project. If you are interested in participation, have any questions or would like further information about the project, please contact Dr Patrizia Kokot on patrizia.kokot@henley.ac.uk

Almost 50,000 women underwent IVF in the UK in 2010, yet very little is known about how women experience this treatment and integrate it within their day-to-day lives as workers (Kupka et al, 2014). Fertility impacts both the development of women’s careers as well as the gender pay gap. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) and its variant intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are the most common treatments. In this research project, we are therefore interested in learning more about women’s experiences of undergoing fertility treatment while in employment.