In March 2022, Fertility Expert Ian Stones will lead a team of 20 men from around the UK to Everest Base Camp to raise awareness of male fertility issues.

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Well known to be one of the most gruelling challenges in the world, a test of physical and mental strength and endurance, Everest is a climb that tests you to the limits. But if that’s what it takes, that’s what I’ll do.

In March 2022 I’ll be leading a team of 15 – 20 men to Base Camp. Why? Because we want to raise awareness of a little talked about issue: male fertility. Each man in my expedition has suffered due to male fertility, but not always as you’d expect. Read the issues below to find out more.

Base Camp Altitude: 5,364m

Oxygen Level: 50%

Day temperature: 15 degrees

Night temperature: -1 degree

Trek duration: 9 – 12 days

Trek distance: 130 – 140km

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Lack of Support

As a Fertility and Wellness expert I’ve spent years supporting couples through the stresses of fertility treatment. While fertility is as much about a man as a woman, I’ve found that men receive far less support throughout treatment.

In developing the work I do to offer more support to men, I’ve realised how little there is out there for men and how this is impacting them.

The Mental Impact

Fertility treatment can be a gruelling process for couples and it can have a huge effect on men too. Many men feel isolated during fertility treatment and often feel like a spare part as treatment is heavily focussed on the woman. Men don’t get much support around lifestyle, diet and stress, nor do they have somewhere to go to talk about how treatment is affecting them emotionally and physically. For some men this can lead to serious mental health issues, depression and even suicidal thoughts.


For too long now men have been side-lined throughout fertility treatment and I would like to see this change. This is why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Men want to be heard, to feel as much a part of fertility treatment as their partner and they want to be able to talk about their experiences with others. Now is the time for us to build on this and create change and some new opportunities for men to get all the support and help they need.


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FNUK are the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity, offering practical and emotional support whatever your experience of fertility issues.

I’ve been running a monthly support group for men on behalf of Fertility Network UK for some time now and it’s been heart-warming to see men coming together to share their experiences and support each other. These, and others suffering from male fertility issues are the men invited to join my challenge

As with many charities COVID 19 has had a massive impact on FNUK, yet they still continue to work tirelessly to offer this much needed support. Without FNUK doing what they’re doing we wouldn’t have developed the amazing male fertility support group that is now a regular part of their event calendar. We will be raising money for FNUK with this challenge.

How you can support

My Fundraising Target: £3,500

I’ve set an ambitious target of £3,500 and my mind-blowing target would be £10,000!

I’ve already received a donation separate to my fundraising page which has set me well on my way to what was my initial target of £6000 so from here on in all money donated will be going direct to Fertility Network UK.

Share our Story

We’re actively engaging with press to raise as much awareness as possible, but the more noise we can make, the more money we can raise and the more impact we can have. Sharing to your circles will help drive the change.

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Introducing my headline sponsors

JCM / Balance Healthcare

Balance Healthcare is dedicated to the continued emergence of natural healthcare and wellness for everyone. As the premier resource for professional grade products to the integrative healthcare community Balance Healthcare brings together the best names in natural medicine to deliver a total suite of superior scientifically proven healthcare products. We are committed to ensuring the superiority and efficacy of all products offered under the Balance Healthcare umbrella. Balance Healthcare is a trusted name in natural medicine; we pride ourselves on the quality of our products, reliable delivery, exceptional customer service, and our commitment to educate health professionals about innovations in natural medicine and scientific research.

The Journal of Chinese Medicine is the foremost English language journal on all aspects of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary medicine and Chinese medical history and philosophy. The Journal of Chinese Medicine was established in 1979 by Peter Deadman, and has been published continuously since then. It has played a vital role in raising the standards of education and practice in Chinese medicine throughout the English-speaking world.

In 2006, Balance Healthcare and The Journal of Chinese Medicine formed a unique partnership combining resources to further the promotion and reputation of TCM.

We’re very proud to be supporting Ian on this unique and exciting challenge and wish him the very best with the trip and fundraising campaign.

The Fertility Circle

The Fertility Circle app is a global community and platform for anyone who is trying to conceive. Our mission is to empower people to make the right fertility choices for them by providing the go-to fertility companion.

The app connects users to a like-minded community and trusted experts from around the world. It empowers people with information, education and inspiration. And it supports users by holding events, offering products and giving lots of virtual hugs along the way!

We are super excited to be supporting Ian on this challenge as male fertility is such an important subject and we wish him the very best with his challenge.

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As I write this we’re in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and none of us know how it will play out and whether it will impact the trip. We’re scheduled to trek to Base Camp in March 2022, and are hoping life and travel will be back to normal. If not, we will aim to reschedule the challenge. However that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to raise money for a fantastic charity who need all the support they can get right now.

COVID-19 Update-July 2020

As of 4th July 2020 I’m returning to practice. If you’d like to book in for a discovery consultation or appointment you can now do so via the online booking. If you’d like to have a chat with me first then don’t hesitate to drop me a line or give me a ring.