National Infertility Awareness Week focuses not only on the discovery and awareness of infertility, but on asking appropriate questions, identifying and treating underlying health issues, and finding compassionate expert care. This year’s theme is #StartAsking, and has the goal of helping individuals and couples facing infertility overcome fears and anxieties associated with reproductive issues and encourages them to start seeking care.
A blog by VB, April 18, 2016
So what should you say to support a friend or family member dealing with the pain of infertility? Here are 5 Infertility Etiquette Tips to let them know they are not alone.
It’s National Infertility Awareness Week and the theme this year is “You Are Not Alone.” Infertility can make you feel isolated and like you’re the only person struggling to conceive. But the fact is that 1 out of every 8 couples of reproductive age deal with infertility in some form. That means it’s very likely that there are people on your block, in your family, in your office, and in your place of worship who are also experiencing infertility.
Talking about infertility can be scary and leave you feeling vulnerable. But only by talking about it can we make it less taboo and remove the shame that often surrounds it.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. After 10 years of struggling, there is still so much that I wish I had known going into this battle. I had no idea the sheer number of women (and couples) that have dealt with this burden. It was never really talked about when we started. I knew of a few couples that had suffered from miscarriages and such, but I was unaware just how many go through the infertility journey before becoming parents.
According to a recent study, infertility is widely misunderstood. While 40 percent of reproductive-age women in the U.S. were concerned about their ability to get pregnant, one-third didn’t understand the adverse effects of STDs, obesity and irregular periods on fertility and one-fifth were unaware of the effects of aging.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, a week dedicated to sharing information about infertility. As I sit down to write this entry following the prompt, “Resolve to know more…” I realize all of us going through infertility really have to know more about everything fertility related.
Winter came early this year and surely overstayed its welcome. Spring is taking its old slow time in getting here. But National Infertility Awareness Week is right on time! From where I stand, the timing couldn’t be better.
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week’s theme of “Resolve to Know More …,” I think it is important for individuals and couples who are exploring fertility treatment to learn all they can about new technologies that have the potential to improve their chances of success. The “EmbryoScope” and the “Eeva” are two revolutionary technologies that my practice is currently using. The technology may be especially helpful for those couples who have previously failed IVF or suffered from recurrent miscarriages.
Infertility, I have to admit, is nothing that crossed my mind in my early twenties. Which club or hangout to go to was more the focus for me. In your early twenties you are more carefree and not thinking of having children. In your mid to late twenties when things change in only a few years' time, you have a different focus. When infertility hits after you finally settle down with the right person and you are prepared to start a family, it can be confusing. Infertility is something you cannot be prepared for emotionally.
Beginning treatment for infertility can let loose a dam of information and emotions, all of which can be overwhelming and difficult to organize, let alone process. A word of advice from medical professionals: take it one step at a time.