Infertility affects approximately 10 percent of the U.S.
population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
7.4 million women, or 11.9 percent of women in the United States,
have received some type of infertility services in their
lifetime. Women and men alike struggle with the frustration and
devastation that comes with fertility issues, and that's why
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association founded National
Infertility Awareness Week in 1989 "
to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage
the public to understand their reproductive health." In 2010,
the Department of Health and Human Services officially recognized
National Infertility Awareness Week as a federally recognized
National Infertility Awareness Week is being observed April 19
through April 25. This year's theme is "You are not alone."
According to Barbara Collura, RESOLVE's President/CEO, the theme
evolved from the idea that "every day, someone is told they have
infertility, which can often leave the person feeling isolated and
powerless. RESOLVE is delighted to work with medical practices and
organizations across the country to call attention to the disease
of infertility and remind those suffering, they are not alone."
As with any health observance, the goal of National Infertility
Awareness Week is to provide education and raise awareness.
Specifically, RESOLVE's goal is to ensure that the public:
- Understands that infertility is a disease of the reproductive
- Acknowledges that there are many ways to build a family
- Understands that the disease impacts the physical, emotional,
and financial health of those who are facing it
- And those trying to conceive know when to seek the advice of a
If you would like to become involved with National Infertility
Awareness Week efforts, consider:
Unfortunately, for many people struggling with infertility,
embarrassment or shame prevent them from reaching out and
discussing this difficult issue. RESOLVE seeks to reduce this
unwarranted stigma through public education (and awareness events
such as National Infertility Awareness Week) and providing free
support to anyone in need. If you would like more information or
are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, call 866-NOT-ALONE or