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<Event Report> What Women Want Men to Know about Fertility (EN)

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Many women joined our fertility seminar back in March as part of our 2021 International Women’s Day Scramble Seminars special project. Many of the survey responses we received from that seminar expressed concerns over how women were to work with their male partners when it came to fertility.

From the survey

  • Next time, I’d like to hear about infertility with my partner. I think it’s something men don’t really know about

  • I want to learn about what to keep in mind when communicating with my partner

  • I’m worried that I don’t a chance to talk about fertility with my partner

According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) survey, 48% of infertility is caused by men. The participants of our seminar were all women and in Japan, there are many cases where only women are forced to undergo fertility treatment. We decided to hold this seminar because there are many cases where men can’t go into female clinics and even if they want to be involved in the fertility process, there are few places where they can participate.

The purpose of this seminar was to make it easier for men to participate even if it was just one man or one couple we could reach out to. With Lumirous Sdn Bhd, located in Kuala Lumpur, the two seminars were divided into two languages, English and Japanese. The English version was held on 21st August and the Japanese one on 22nd August.

Table of Contents

  1. What the seminar was like on the day

  2. Participant thoughts on the seminar

  3. Q&A

  4. Seminar outline (Japanese version)

  5. A message from the organisers

  6. Future Plans

What the seminar was like on the day

The English version was delivered by Malaysian reproductive specialist Dr. Navdeep and the Japanese version by midwife coach Mizuki Ikenaga.

Japanese version: Participants included women, men and couples living across Japan and Southeast Asia. It seems to be difficult to get information about fertility in Japanese, especially overseas.

English version: Participants from various countries of residence, including Malaysians, Australians and Japanese who have international marriages participated. Although attendees didn’t have to show their face during the seminar, it was very lively with many questions from the participants via the chat.


Participant thoughts on the seminar

Participants were 100% satisfied with both the English and Japanese versions. Many people answered the questionnaire which we will share below.

How did you feel about the management of the seminar?

ACoach Ikenaga spoke gently with a smile so it was very easy to listen to even though the content tended to be serious. It was great to be able to ask questions in the chat.

How did you feel about the content of the seminar?

BIt was nice to listen to with my husband because it was like an introduction to fertility. Due to the title being ‘What Women Want Men to Know about Fertility’, I felt I was more able to invite my husband. I also liked the instructor’s personality. It was also easy to participate and freely send comments rather than an atmosphere where the audience had to express their opinions