National Infertility Week

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This week, April 25 – May 2, is National Infertility Awareness Week®, a movement to raise awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans.

Do your part to help others understand infertility’s physical and emotional challenges by joining our “ONE THING” campaign to raise awareness and de-stigmatize infertility.

If you could tell a non-infertile friend, relative, co-worker or stranger ONE THING about your struggle with infertility what would it be?

-It’s National Infertility Week

Visit Resolve for additional information on NIA week and Infertility, or click here for Things You Can Do During NIA Week.

Additional HDYDI post on Infertility:
NPR Segment on Multiples and Infertility

Recovering From Infertility

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10 thoughts on “National Infertility Week”

  1. I would tell them that having children was a lot harder than I imagined it would be……I would leave out the part about getting cranky on fertility drugs, having to collect “samples”, crying because I couldn’t have children and then crying because I have two babies crying at the same time.

  2. Rusted Sun, what a great comment. I seriously understand crying because I couldn’t have babies, and now crying because having 2 crying at the same time is HARD, and then feeling awful and guilty about it being HARD because I wanted it so much!

    Every part of infertility is awful and the process has left a residue of feelings behind.

  3. I couldn’t have babies for 7 years, and cried a lot. Oddly enough, two babies crying at once doesn’t really bother me. Whenever I hear of a young friend trying to conceive, I hope that she never has to struggle on the journey we’ve been through. I work at a fertility clinic and see many more sad stories than mine. Some have light at the end of the tunnel, some do not.

  4. I would tell people this: Going through fertility treatments is hard. You don’t walk into a clinic, say I want a baby and boom you’re pregnant. There are no magic pills. You have highs, you have lows and the medication can make you crazy. It is not a decision we make on a whim.

  5. Rebecca-click on the “It’s National Infertility Week” link to see the responses of others.

    My one thing would be:

    Infertility isn’t just hard on a woman. It is hard on her husband too. Protect your marriage at all costs, even when you can’t focus on anything but becoming a mom.

  6. I would tell them: The grief of infertility is crippling because of the cyclical nature of the disease. We don’t endure the loss just once, but every month. We are hopeful, worried, impatient, and then crushed – every month, 12 times a year. This cycle makes you feel like you are standing still.

  7. I would say that it can be a very lonely experience and ask the noninfertile person to consider how very pronatalist our society is — everything is targeted toward parents or children. I would also emphasize that the vast majority of infertile women and men do not make any decision lightly.

  8. While going through fertility treatments your life will be divided into two week periods (at least if you do IUI like we did) – the two weeks leading up to the insemination and then the dreaded two week wait for results. Sometimes the months will fly by and sometimes each month will fell like a year. There are really high highs (like when you get a call that you’re finally pregnant and to come back in two days for another blood test) and REALLY low lows (like when they call you after said blood test to say your levels dropped and you appear to be having yet another “chemical pregnancy”).

    Still – no matter how much you want a baby – nothing can prepare you for how much your life will change when you actually have one – or two – or three. I truly believe that first time parenting is more difficult for people that have battled with infertility simply because for YEARS you have your “eye on the prize” and never really take into consideration what actually having a baby in your lives will do to change it.

    Also – another tip I would give someone (on a lighter note)….if you are a compulsive HPT taker like I was – buy a case online….you’ll save HUNDREDS of dollars in the long run *smile*

    All in all – it’s all worth it. All the ups and downs. All the tears. All the repeated feelings grief that occur loss after loss. All the loneliness. All the mood swings. All the weight gain. Doing all that is what brought our girls to us and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

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