This week we celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)!
Initially established by RESOLVE in 1989 with a mission to change conversations about infertility, NIAW is celebrated for the 33th time. We have come a long way since it was first introduced but there is still tons of work to do.
Here are some facts:
- Infertility is real and quite common. It is estimated that 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility, but in reality the number is probably much higher.
- Infertility does not discriminate. It can affect young and old, rich and poor, people of any gender, race, skin color, ethnic background, and religion.
- Infertility has many different causes. Most common include lack of ovulation, low ovarian reserve, uterine or tubal disease and male factor. It is important to remember that 30% of cases of infertility cannot be explained based on the knowledge and technology we currently have available.
- Infertility is isolating. Many people still do not talk about it and suffer in silence. Fortunately, thanks to more and more people willing to share their stories publicly the topic is becoming less and less of a taboo.
- Infertility is physically and mentally draining. It can have a severe negative impact on relationships and families.
- Infertility treatments are expensive. They are cost prohibitive for many, although it is encouraging that more and more employers and lawmakers understand the importance of providing fertility treatment coverage.
The first step in fighting infertility is sharing your infertility story and talking to your lawmakers and employers about fertility treatment coverage.
Remember: You have the power and you are not alone! Here @kindbody we hear you and support you not only during NIAW but always.