Increasing public awareness of infertility increases support for couples
National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is April 21-27, and was started in 1989 by RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, to raise awareness about infertility.
This week is important for several reasons:
First and foremost, infertility is common, affecting between 8 to 15 percent of couples. A couple is considered infertile or subfertile if they have had regular, unprotected intercourse for a year without conceiving. If the female partner is 35 years or older, the diagnosis is given after six months of regular, unprotected intercourse. Even though infertility is incredibly common, many couples do not seek treatment.
This brings us to the second reason why NIAW is important: treatment is available for infertility! Depending on the reason for infertility, there are treatments available ranging from low- to high-tech that offer excellent chances for pregnancy. The key is for infertile couples to seek care with a fertility specialist to discuss options.
The final reason NIAW is so important is because it helps get the word out about infertility. Infertility needs to be recognized by everyone as a common problem. Increasing public awareness increases support for couples experiencing infertility. Additionally, educating our legislators about infertility may bring about important changes resulting in improved insurance coverage for fertility treatments.
The RESOLVE website is a great resource for education and support. So is this website, so take a look around and learn.