When it comes to conception, about 1-in-8 couples find themselves coping with infertility. We also now know that more than six million women have been diagnosed with infertility just in the U.S. As Infertility Awareness Week is in April, our Idaho Fertility Center team is excited to help clients working with us to achieve their conception goals. We want you to know that you are not alone as we support your efforts with the resources, training, technology and compassion behind our team.
Taking Action – What Can You Do?
This year, National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) falls on April 18-24, 2021 and as always, we are here for it. We strive to spotlight the challenges you face seeking to successfully conceive and become a parent. We want to offer you support on this often challenging journey, and help you make the most out of education and resources to triumph. You do have options, no matter what form your infertility takes — PCOS infertility, premature ovarian failure, secondary infertility or recurrent miscarriage.
1-Check out the hashtags #WhatIWantYouToKnow during #NIAW. This can empower both couples and individuals looking for reproductive services.
2-Speak or write about your infertility journey. Thanks to social media platforms, it is easier than ever before to connect with others who are on the same path to overcoming obstacles to conception. Your journey can touch others around the world no matter what age you are, your ethnicity, education, or career path. You can share your experience to encourage and likewise find courage in the voices of others.
3-Reach others in your own community, sharing hope, staying on course as well as offering encouragement and recognition to someone else on this journey. This simple gesture can offer powerful encouragement for those needing to be seen as they struggle with infertility. Even just sharing inspiring quotes, such as “Fertility may have challenged us, but we are stronger for it.” – Unknown, can resonate with someone in your audience needing to hear it.
4-Wear a pink and blue Infertility Awareness ribbon can help you quietly shine a spotlight on standing with those who have also experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or premature birth.
5-Wear an orange piece of clothing, recognizing the official infertility awareness color (#WearOrange campaign chose this color for its ability to invoke a sense of wellbeing, compassion, and warmth to comfort those having lost a baby or who are currently navigating infertility.
6-Join an Infertility Awareness Week event. With the pandemic, there are more virtual events than live events to honor others on your path. In the past, you could participate in an awareness walk, fertility clinic event or other get-togethers in the homes of supporters. There is still something special about connecting online with others experiencing what you are.
Embracing National Infertility Awareness Week® from April 18-24th, 2021 can open your heart again and allow you to raise your voice in supporting others on this often challenging journey. No matter what your race, religion, sexuality or economic status, you can both give and receive so much as we work to change the conversation. Infertility no longer has to carry with it the stigmas and barriers it used to.
We welcome you to reach out to our caring and skilled Idaho Fertility Center team for help on your fertility journey. Our team includes reproductive specialists who have advocated for and assisted many individuals like yourself to experience the joys of conception. We are here to help you physically and emotionally and know that there is always hope.
NIAW slogan: Empowering you and changing the conversation
NIAW 2021 theme: What I Want You to Know (#WhatIWantYouToKnow)