The International Fertility Education Initiative: research and action to improve fertility awareness

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Adına Appendıx Bilgisi I. F. E. C., Dirican E. K.

HUMAN REPRODUCTION OPEN, vol.4, pp.1-4, 2021 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Discussion
  • Volume: 4
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/hropen/hoab031
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-4
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


In response to evidence that people of reproductive age lack awareness about the factors that affect the chance of conceiving and having a healthy baby, a group of experts have founded the International Fertility Education Initiative (IFEI). Its mission is to improve fertility and reproductive health awareness through education. We believe that fertility education could reduce the prevalence of infertility and improve the health of future children. The group has representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Fertility Europe (represents patient associations in the field of (in)fertility in more than 20 European countries), and ESHRE and includes scientists, clinicians, nurses, health psychologists, clinical psychologists, bioethicists, fertility advocates, patients with infertility, and industry. In this commentary, we explain why it is important that fertility and preconception health education is embedded in health and education policy and practice.