In the quest to conceive, about 1-in-8 couples are dealing with infertility while trying to conceive naturally. In fact, over six million women are diagnosed with fertility issues just in the U.S. alone. April is Infertility Awareness Week and our Fertility Center team wants to help our parents-to-be understand that you are not alone in your struggles to conceive and that there is lots of help out there to lighten your journey.
What is Infertility Awareness Week?
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is nationally recognized from April 18-24, 2021, to spotlight the challenges faced by those who are trying to expand their families. We offer hope through educating, supporting and offering resources to win the war against infertility whether you are struggling with PCOS infertility, premature ovarian failure, secondary infertility or recurrent miscarriage. So what can you do?
-You can show your support by wearing a pink and blue Infertility Awareness ribbon to stand in solidarity with those who have suffered pregnancy loss, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs) or even premature birth.
-You can wear an orange article of clothing, which is the official infertility awareness color. See the #WearOrange campaign, which highlights this color because orange promotes a sense of wellbeing, compassion, and warmth for those who have lost an infant or who are otherwise on a journey dealing with infertility.
-Share your conception journey with others. Today more than ever, we have a variety of social media platforms to reach the highest number of people just like yourself who are currently struggling with infertility. And it doesn’t matter what your age, ethnicity, education, or career path is, we want you to know you are not alone!
-Reach out to your community, whether sharing a message of hope, staying the course, recognizing someone who is on their journey and generally providing encouragement for those dealing with the ups and downs of infertility. Even just sharing insightful quotes like “Fertility may have challenged us, but we are stronger for it.” – Unknown can also spark recognition and awareness with someone in your audience who needs to hear it.
-Participate in an Infertility Awareness Month Event. Almost everyone can attend a virtual celebration, since the COVID-19 pandemic has halted typical live local events, including awareness walks, fertility clinic events, and other kinds of get-togethers in supporters’ homes. Join us online to be both supported and to support others faced with similar challenges as you and your loved ones.
Just Get Involved
As you can see, embracing National Infertility Awareness Week® spotlighted from April 18-24th, 2021 allows you to raise your voice and help relieve the problems others face on this journey. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status you are currently in on your quest to change the conversation and help get rid of the common stigmas and barriers facing those trying to conceive. By sharing your story with others like you, you are empowering them by advocating for them, no matter where they are on the map.
Check out the hashtag #WhatIWantYouToKnow during #NIAW. Our goal is to empower couples and individuals who are seeking reproductive services by responsibly sharing infertility awareness facts and promoting ideas that help.
If you have questions or any concerns about your fertility journey, our Utah Fertility Center team is ready to assist. Our reproductive specialists have advocated for and assisted many couples and individuals just like yourself to find the answers and support they need. Please reach out to us any time, and get the help you need both physically, emotionally and mentally. You can make a difference!
NIAW slogan: Empowering you and changing the conversation
NIAW 2021 theme: What I Want You to Know (#WhatIWantYouToKnow)