This week – the 21st through 29th of April 2019 – is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) sponsored by the National Infertility Association (RESOLVE). This week of infertility awareness is scheduled just before Mother’s Day upcoming in May with the hope of alleviating distress for women who have been unable to get pregnant.
National Infertility Awareness Week
The movement’s objective is to bring awareness to the crisis 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. 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. Infertility is a challenge facing American women. Infertility needs more attention and awareness from society, as well as the government.
Insurance and the Infertility Crisis
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. This is because many lawmakers erroneously believe that including fertility treatments would raise the cost of insurance for everyone.
Mandating insurance coverage for infertility treatment would actually:
- Reduce cost of IVF
- Encourage customized treatment
- Encourage holistic treatment
- 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 Fertility Awareness Movements
Other fertility awareness dates throughout the year.
- 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
More Helpful Pregnancy Resources
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 917.525.5496.