The last week of April 2018 – the 22nd through the 28th – is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) sponsored by the National Infertility Association (RESOLVE). Look: This week of infertility awareness is purposefully scheduled slightly before Mother’s Day upcoming in May. Why is this important? The movement’s objective is to bring awareness to the crisis of infertility and support those suffering from the disease. Infertility is indiscriminate. Every race, religion, sexuality, and economic class is impacted by infertility. NIAW’s mission is to educate the public about the impact of infertility on society. Bottom Line: The movement’s goal is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility and reduce the shame suffered by those who are unable to conceive a child.
Infertility Crisis in the U.S.
NIAW’s goal through this awareness movement is to remove present day societal barriers created by infertility. Did you know? The U.S. is in the midst of a prominent decline in child birth rates. Ten years ago, the typical American woman had about 2.1 children. Today, she has about 1.77 – a decline in fertility being felt across the country. Bottom Line: Infertility is a challenge facing American women. Infertility needs more attention and awareness from society, as well as the government. While infertility is rampant in the U.S., there’s still no government support to fund costly fertility treatments – such as IVF – opines Dr. John Zhang in a recent Fortune Magazine article addressing the crisis.
Dr. John Zhang on Insurance and the Infertility Crisis
Ninety percent of couples who need IVF give up because it is costly and they don’t have an insurance company who covers the treatment, says Dr. Zhang. IVF treatments cost an average of $12,000 with the added expense of fertility medications ranging between $3,000 and $5,000.
The movement lets lawmakers know about the infertility crisis and why insurance should cover treatment costs. Insurance coverage for infertility is only available in 15 out of the 50 states in America. Many lawmakers believe that including fertility treatments would raise the cost of insurance for everyone.
Bottom Line. Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:
- Reduce cost of Conventional IVF
- Encourage customized treatment – Mini-IVF™
- Encourage holistic treatment – Natural Cycle IVF™
- Reduce the high cost of multiple births associated with transferring more than one embryo during an IVF cycle
National Infertility Awareness Week
RESOLVE has set the last week of April aside to provide a time for those suffering from infertility to seek support from their friends and families.
- Raise awareness about infertility
- Encourage grassroots advocacy
- Help couples cope with infertility
- Reduce shame about infertility
Infertility is a misunderstood medical condition – it impacts men and women of all ages.
What can you do to raise awareness about infertility?
The NIAW toolkit gives you the resources you will need to acknowledge this movement.
- Launching a fertility blog to share your infertility story – and the story of others
- Throw a local infertility awareness event infertility awareness event in your neighborhood.
- Writing a letter to your congressional representative about your infertility experience and why insurance should cover the cost of treating the disease
- Volunteering with your local RESOLVE chapter
- Share about National Infertility Awareness Week on your Facebook wall
- Tweet about infertility awareness on Twitter
Other Infertility Awareness Movements Upcoming
More upcoming dates to look forward to as an opportunity to spread awareness about infertility.
- Cervical Health Awareness Month: January
- Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
- National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
- World Infertility Awareness Month: June
- Men’s Health Month: June
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month: September
- Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month: October
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: October 15th
World Renowned Infertility Awareness Advocates
Our patients undergo a complete fertility assessment and diagnostic testing before a customized infertility treatment plan is designed and implemented. Understanding the root cause of your infertility is the only way to effectively treat the problem so that you can get pregnant. Knowing the cause of your infertility will also help you cope better with the realization that you are going to have to take on the financial and physical demands of IVF treatment.
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