What is infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability to naturally conceive a child. It does not discriminate on sexuality, economic status, religion, or race. If after 12 months of unprotected sex one cannot conceive, you are considered infertile. On average, a third of all cases can be traced back to the woman, a third of all cases can be traced back to the man, and the other third of all cases are because of both partners or a cause cannot be found.
Medical technology has come a long way, especially in recent decades. Those who specialize in infertility can now help determine the root of the cause and help those who suffer with infertility in tremendous ways. Treatments for infertility are available to both men and women, including various surgeries, drugs, and assisted reproductive technology.
What is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)?
National Infertility Awareness Week was founded by Resolve, The National Infertility Association. Resolve is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help improve the lives of the many men and women affected by infertility. They provide free support programs in areas all over the country, assist in raising awareness on the issue, and works hard to protect the rights and legal access of every family they work with.
NIAW is April 23-29, 2017. This year, Resolve’s theme is “Listen Up!”. Their campaign was created for anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel endowed to make a difference. NIAW wants people to understand how infertility affects people and their families. By joining the movement, people can help create a community in which infertility is supported with compassion and help.
Resolve urges people to join their movement during NIAW to help in any way they can; getting involved in their communities, supporting friends and families who suffer with infertility, and supporting policies and legislations that stop anti-family laws.
What can you do to help?
This National Infertility Awareness Week, there are many ways to get involved. Resolve hosts many events at local and national levels in which they urge people to get involved with. They ask that you show compassion and support to anyone you know or don’t know who suffers with infertility. Addressing an issue is the first step in finding acceptance and help among others. Start the conversation and donate your time to help even one person deal with their infertility.
National Infertility Awareness Week is a necessary step in finding more tolerance and help among the infertility community and beyond. While infertility has come a long way in recent decades, it’s still a subject most people are uncomfortable with. But with so many people around the world suffering with this issue, what are we so afraid to talk about? It’s time to broach the subject and offer help to the many people trying to build a family.