As a reproductive endocrinologist, one of my fervent wishes for my patients and families everywhere is that they could recognize that they are not alone and that the solutions and resources available to them are growing every day. April 20th through 26th marks the 25th celebration of National Infertility Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of infertility as a disease. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is a project of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, which has spent the last forty years promoting reproductive health and access to family-building resources.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Resolve to know more,” with the emphasis on learning when to see a specialist, what the latest treatment options are, advocacy and general information on infertility, adoption and other options. It is important that people who are struggling with building their family educate themselves about their reproductive system and about when it is time to seek medical help. National Infertility Awareness Week is dedicated to helping people recognize that they are not alone and to empowering them to move in a positive direction.
In the tri-state area, people in need of access to reproductive resources are fortunate to have a choice of top-notch physicians from which to choose, and all patients struggling with issues of fertility have access to a wealth of information and resources, including those found on the websites of RESOLVE and The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Infertility goes beyond the physical, and with reproductive issues affecting approximately 10% of the population, if you’re not personally impacted then there is a strong chance that you have at least one friend, family member or colleague who is. NIAW presents a great opportunity to start learning more about the disease of infertility and about how to support those who are struggling with it, or to help yourself.
Infertility can have a profound impact on your life, and the first step to raising awareness is through education. National Infertility Awareness Week’s goal is to provide support and information to those who are facing the disease of infertility as well as to those who are in their lives and communities.