Infertility affects millions of people around the world, impacting all races, religions, genders, and incomes. Still, the experience of infertility can be isolating for many. Some people facing fertility concerns feel as though they can’t share what they’re going through. Others worry that if they do share their situation or concerns, no one will understand.
That’s why National Infertility Awareness Week was created.
While normalizing infertility stories is an admirable goal all year long, by devoting This year, from April 24 through April 30, people are encouraged to spread awareness by sharing their infertility stories. By breaking through the stigmas that surround infertility, we can start to change the conversation about this public health issue.
As many as 48 million couples and 186 million individuals worldwide live with infertility, but it’s still hard for people to talk about their struggles to get pregnant. This stigma keeps much of the public from realizing just how common infertility is.
Because infertility isn’t talked about, there’s a big lack of support from lawmakers and companies for people who need help to conceive. For example, as of April 2021, only 19 states have passed fertility insurance coverage laws. Infertility treatments can’t do much help if they’re only available at prices many can’t afford.
National Infertility Awareness Week aims to create a space for people of all genders to share how infertility has impacted their lives, careers, and relationships. By spreading awareness, we can help the public understand the issues that affect people struggling to build a family and drive support for the community.
- Join the conversation. Sharing your story can help you find support from people that care. Use the hashtags #ThisIsMyStory, #WeCanAll, #InfertilityIs, and #NIAW2022 to spread awareness on social media.
If you’re not ready to share your story publicly, you can still contribute to the conversation by sharing posts that advocate for the infertility community and supporting others who are struggling to conceive.
- Reach out to loved ones who are struggling with infertility. Let them know you’re thinking about them, and ask if there’s anything you can do to support them on their journey. Your words of empathy and encouragement can go a long way.
- Wear orange to raise awareness. RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, asks people to wear orange (socks, t-shirts, lipstick, ribbons, whatever you have!) to show their support for National Infertility Awareness Week.
We understand that infertility can take a toll on you, both mentally and physically. It can be an incredibly isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s a community of people out there that have been where you are right now, and they can be an incredible source of support.
If you’re not sure where to start, RESOLVE can connect you with both peer-led and professional-led support groups that provide a safe space to talk about your struggles. They also offer resources for those looking to connect with a medical professional specializing in infertility.
You deserve to be heard and supported. No matter where your infertility journey takes you, you are not alone.