April is in full swing and that means that National Infertility Awareness Week, NIAW, is right around the corner (April 24-30). Founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in 1989 is a movement whose mission is to empower you and change the not-always-open conversation around infertility.
Infertility Can Happen to Anyone
Infertility can happen to anyone, no matter their sex, race, religion, age, or financial status. So if you are struggling with infertility, please know that you are not alone. This week is a good opportunity to take some time to learn about infertility and get the help and support you need to continue your conception efforts, whether it’s with fertility treatments or coping with the emotional and psychological effects that often come up with infertility. You’ll learn that infertility isn’t just an issue for women who are of a “certain age”, either and it afflicts celebrities, politicians and others despite their status, wealth, or access to world-class health care.
But you don’t have to be famous to raise awareness of infertility. You could do as much good by speaking to your friends and family about this very real, very heartfelt issue. One thing that has changed in recent years is that more younger women look at fertility options like egg freezing to expand their conception window while starting their families or to help avoid medical problems later. In fact, increasing fertility awareness can open the way to consider freezing your eggs now to help you conceive when you are ready.
Listening and Sharing Help
If you feel comfortable doing so, Infertility Awareness Week is a good opportunity for you to reach out to friends, colleagues or family members to share your own journey. Being a listening ear, sharing kind words of encouragement and offering a shoulder they can cry on may seem small but they are significant opportunities to help someone else experiencing infertility. Even just making them aware that infertility is even a thing if they haven’t already begun trying to conceive. Just knowing there are things they can do now to impact their future may help them when they are ready to build a family.
Too often, media stories promote common myths and misinformation or influence lawmakers and companies to enforce policies that make it harder for people trying to create a family. To avoid leaving people feeling isolated when they are unsuccessful in conception as they planned, Infertility Awareness Week invites people to take the time to share their stories and find community support.
RESOLVE’s Goal of Community Sharing
- Boost public understanding of infertility needs and deserving attention.
- Make sure that those trying to build their family know the guidelines for seeing a fertility specialist.
- Inform and educate lawmakers about how infertility affects people in their state.
Promoting the Color Orange
While pink is the color for breast cancer awareness, orange is the color for fertility awareness. This color, famous for beautiful sunsets promotes a palpable sense of wellness and emotional energy that begs to be shared, projecting compassion, passion and warmth. This vibrant color helps in recovery from disappointments and a wounded heart. Studies have shown that orange helps create the following:
- Heightened sense of activity
- Greater socialization
- Enhanced aspiration
- Contentment, assurance, confidence and understanding
RESOLVE’s goal is to raise awareness with the color orange, increase activity around this movement and act as a daily reminder of their community. They are there during the day-to-day disappointments, seeking to educate and promote physical and emotional wellness for those struggling with infertility. Check out Resolve’s website and be inspired!
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