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Are You Ready for National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)?
a blog by Kim Griffiths, April 3, 2013
Current data says that 1 in 6 couples are struggling with infertility. Yet, you would never imagine such an astounding statistic given the number of women and men who suffer in silence. Despite being such a common disease, infertility is still a taboo topic. We feel shame, guilt, and embarrassment over trying to achieve something that comes so naturally to others: building a family.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has organized awareness efforts around National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) since 1989. Each year, RESOLVE features a new theme (this year is Join the Movement), new advocacy events, and creative ideas for you to get involved. Why suffer in silence when you can raise awareness, promote education, dispel myths about infertility, and share your journey? You might be surprised to find some of your closest friends and family have walked a similar path.
NIAW is less than three weeks away, so now is the time to ramp up your infertility IQ, advocacy efforts, and Join the Movement toward infertility awareness!
Here are some ways you can increase awareness in time for NIAW:
- Start a blog. If you already have a blog, introduce a new theme around infertility awareness. Ask your followers to contribute their stories as well.
- Start or attend a support group. You can contact RESOLVE to start a Peer Led Support Group in your area, research current RESOLVE support groups, or talk to a local mental health professional to see if they offer infertility groups.
- Attend an educational event. Many fertility clinics offer educational talks and meetings. RESOLVE also provides educational presentations, webinars, and teleseminars to help educate and correct misconceptions about infertility.
- Spread the word on social media. Dedicate one status per day from April 21 to April 27, 2013 to infertility awareness. You can bust a myth or post new facts or topics about infertility. Encourage your friends to do the same. Don’t forget to add FertilityAuthority on Facebook and Twitter @fertilityauthor. You can also find and follow Fertility Authority on Pinterest.
- Join FertileThoughts.com. Sign up for Fertile Thoughts to meet women and men struggling with infertility. You can exchange stories, advice, and support. Help others to understand fertility treatments (especially if they are new to the game of infertility and you have experience!).
- Host an Infertility Night. Invite your friends out for dinner and drinks or host a night in. Play Infertility IQ games, Infertility myth busters, or create fertility themed appetizers… deviled eggs, anyone?
Whether you are vocal about your fertility journey or not, there are plenty of ways you can show support and raise awareness for the struggle that impacts so many of us.