National Infertility Awareness Week - Join the Movement!
Written by: Kate Summers
Now that you’re a parent, it may be almost impossible to remember life before it revolved around your little one. But for the one in eight U.S. couples diagnosed with infertility, it’s a dream that can feel impossible to achieve. Consider your own group of friends - it’s almost guaranteed that at least one of them is, perhaps privately, struggling to have a baby.
April 21-27 is National Infertility Awareness Week. Since 1989, NIAW, in association with RESOLVE has not only been raising awareness about infertility, but helping women and men better understand their own reproductive health.
Did you know:
- Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (6 months if the woman is over 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth
- Infertility is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease of the reproductive system
- Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S.
- A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month
Here at ConceiveAbilities, we witness the impact of infertility every day. For the intended parents who are trying to build their families and the amazing women who give their time and effort to serve as gestational surrogates and egg donors, infertility is a very real issue. As one of the top agencies in the country, we help guide all the parties involved through an often complex process. Infertility is not just a medical issue - it encompasses legal, insurance, and social stigmas as well. When the goal is to have a baby - and it’s not happening the “old fashioned” way - it can feel like salt in an open wound addressing these outside factors.
Join the Movement!
NIAW encourages all of us to understand that infertility is a disease. It deserves attention and compassion. It requires education - not only for the doctors who treat them, or the legislators who need to understand how it impacts people in their state - but for all of us. The silver lining to infertility is that there are many alternative ways to build a family. Through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), the success rates for healthy babies increase every year. And when a parent-to-be needs the additional support through third party reproduction, they can utilize the help of a gestational surrogate or an egg donor. It’s the ultimate gift one person can give to another, and when this generous act results in the birth of a much-wanted baby it’s a true miracle!
Infertility is a heartbreaking journey. But thanks to NIAW, we’re understanding more about the realities and what we can do to make families complete. If you’re interested in making a difference by becoming a gestational surrogate or egg donor, ConceiveAbilities looks forward to discussing this truly life changing experience with you! For more information, visit www.conceiveabilities.com.
*photo and facts courtesy of resolve.orgPosted on April 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM