National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) is an ongoing movement founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Taking place from April 19 to 25, 2015, the goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. Shady Grove Fertility is proud to support and promote this initiative and encourages the community to participate in upcoming events and to raise awareness, letting others know that they are not alone.
Raise Awareness from the Comfort of Your Own Home
SGF, a RESOLVE Visionary Partner, will spend this week promoting NIAW’s 2015 theme: You Are Not Alone. We will conduct an active social media campaign to raise awareness, filled with videos, testimonials from people sharing their infertility journeys, and more. We will also release an e-book in honor of NIAW comprised of patients sharing how they found support during their journey, as well as ideas for how we can collectively help to break the silence that often surrounds infertility.
Raising awareness does not only have to occur on the global level. You can raise awareness in your local community or you can raise awareness on an individual level. Connecting with even one person to let them know that they are not alone is a very powerful message. Unite with us online and spread the NIAW theme, while also sharing stories of hope, empowerment, and encouragement. Make sure to include #NIAW to join the movement.
Participate in Upcoming RESOLVE Events
NIAW is a significant event, but it is only one of the many ways in which SGF works throughout the year to spread awareness and support the infertility community. On May 14, 2015, SGF physicians and staff will let their voices be heard on Advocacy Day, a RESOLVE event in which the community speaks with members of Congress to promote increased access to family building options and financial relief. Many infertility advocates also attend in order to educate elected officials, feel a sense of control if they are experiencing infertility, show their support—especially if they have a loved one touched by infertility, or gain a deeper understanding of the issues inherent to infertility.
SGF is also a Platinum Sponsor for RESOLVE’s 4th Annual Washington, D.C. Walk of Hope on June 6, 2015. The Walk of Hope provides the opportunity for the infertility community to come together to raise awareness and help fund support groups, public awareness initiatives, and legislative advocacy efforts.
Share Your Story with the Patient Community
Throughout the year, SGF works with patients to share their stories with our community via email. These emails can provide hope, but more importantly, they embody the NIAW theme. While many of our patients may not feel like they know anyone experiencing infertility, these patient stories let you know that you are not alone.
Advocate for Your Own Reproductive Health
With 1 in 8 couples experiencing infertility, it is important for the community to come together and present a unified front. Additionally, it is important that awareness exists regarding when to visit a fertility specialist. Many people may not realize that they are experiencing infertility, but it is important to become educated and see a fertility specialist if you’ve been having unprotected intercourse for the time period mentioned below without becoming pregnant:
- if you are younger than 35 years old and have not conceived after 1 year of trying
- if you are 35 to 40 years old and have not conceived after 6 months of trying
- if you are over 40 years old and have not conceived after 3 months of trying
Become an infertility advocate and empower yourself and others through education and awareness. Whether it’s raising awareness on a global, local, or individual level; sharing your story; or advocating for your own health, help us let families know that they have never been—and will never be—alone.