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: National Infertility Awareness Week Seeks to Educate, Inform about Devastating Disease

National Infertility Awareness Week Seeks to Educate, Inform about Devastating Disease

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Infertility affects approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 health observance.

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 system
  • 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 specialist

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 visit www.resolve.org.

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