23 Apr It’s National Infertility Awareness Week
National Infertility Awareness Week 2023 takes place this week – April 23 – 29. The theme of this year’s events is #FindYourVoice, while each of our voices may tell a different story, they need to be heard. What will you have to say?
And, of course, the ultimate goal of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is to bring greater awareness to the fact that roughly 12% to 15% of couples have a difficult time getting pregnant, and public-wide support is essential to ensuring anyone with an infertility diagnosis has access to the medical- and fertility treatments needed to start a family.
Infertility Can Happen to Anybody
First and foremost, we need to #FliptheScript on the idea that infertility happens to “others” and that there is somehow fault or blame. In fact, all of the research and stats from individuals with infertility diagnoses prove that infertility is non-discriminatory. As RESOLVE’s website states:
Anyone can be challenged to have a family. No matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status you are, infertility doesn’t discriminate.
Men and Women Share the Infertility Burden
Another thing that is important to note is that the patriarchal culture assumes that the woman is the reason a couple can’t get pregnant. This is simply not the case – ASRM states that infertility affects men and women equally, and that in 40% of infertile couples, male factor infertility is the cause.
This is important to note because couples who are struggling to get pregnant should go together to a fertility specialist, and both individuals should have a full fertility check-up, including diagnostic tests, so the fertility treatment plan accurately reflects their needs.
Get involved in #FindYourVoice & Grow Your Support Network
There are multiple ways you can get involved in NIAW2023:
Take the Pledge
Visit NIAW’s 5 Day Challenge, and then do it! Starting Monday, April 24th, and ending on Friday, April 28th, we are challenging this community to share a different photo, story, or Reel for every day using the hashtags: #NIAW2023 #FindYourVoice
Use your phone and follow whichever of these social media-centric ideas and/or instructions are most inspiring to you. You don’t have to be a super-activist to support a cause or get the word out – every little post, reel, TikTok makes a difference. Be sure to to tag @fertilitycenterofdallas too!
Activate the Local Masses
There are all kinds of ways you can get your local community involved in the cause, from asking local restaurants to participate in a Dine-N-Donate fundraiser, to getting an employer to participate in #WearOrange Day.
Visit RESOLVE to learn about more ways you ca get involved and #FindYourVoice.
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