Scotland is leading the way on access to in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Monday 31 October to Sunday 06 November is National Fertility Awareness Week, which brings to light the struggle to conceive, a problem faced by many couples in Scotland.
The SNP manifesto included a commitment to increase the availability of fertility treatment and the number of rounds of IVF available on the NHS in Scotland is increasing from two to three. New eligibility criteria make IVF treatment available to families where one partner has children from a previous relationship.
Over the last four years the SNP Government has invested around £18 million to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for patients undergoing this treatment.
Kenneth Gibson said:
“National Fertility Awareness Week gives people an opportunity to talk and learn about this important issue. Talking about infertility can be difficult which is why it is important to raise awareness.
“There is a great demand for fertility treatment in Scotland and we want to lead the way on IVF access. Since last May’s election, the SNP has delivered on our promise to significantly increase Scotland's provision for couples that are struggling to conceive.”