It’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)!
NIAW is a movement which raises awareness about infertility and provides support for those affected by it. Started in 1989 by RESOLVE, NIAW takes place at the end of April each year. Ready to join the movement? Find 5 ways to get involved on our recent blog post here.
The NIAW movement is an opportunity to shed light on infertility and help break any lingering stigmas associated with infertility or third-party reproduction. For people struggling with infertility and feeling isolated or ashamed, NIAW provides a platform to share their stories and connect with others who are on similar journeys.
One of the main goals of NIAW is to educate the public about the available treatment options for infertility. There are many options available to couples or individuals who are struggling to conceive, including fertility medications, surgery, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the option of using donor eggs or donor embryos. NIAW aims to promote policies and initiatives that increase access to affordable fertility treatments for everyone.
NIAW also highlights the importance of emotional support for those affected by infertility. The emotional toll of infertility can be devastating, and many people struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as a result. NIAW encourages people to seek out support resources such as support groups, counseling, and online communities to help them cope with the challenges of infertility.
This year, the NIAW theme is #FindYourVoice. As stated by RESOLVE,
As stated by @RESOLVE,
“This year, we encourage you to #FindYourVoice, whether you are a professional, patient, or want to support someone you know with infertility. NIAW is our time to define what family is for us, to own the choices that are the best for us, and to come together with the community to bring awareness to the infertility experience. #FindYourVoice and together we will let the world, media, and Congress know how infertility and legislation impact our family building. We take our power back when we find our voice among the opinions and unsolicited advice about infertility and family building.“
By breaking the stigma associated with infertility and promoting policies and initiatives that increase access to affordable fertility treatments, we can make an impact for the thousands of couples and individuals affected by infertility. Visit the NIAW website for more information and additional resources.