National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is next week. A week long awareness campaign brought to you by Resolve and RMACT. This year's theme is "ListenUp".
What does that mean?
Information and action. For each point, there will be a corresponding action that you can take during NIAW. ListenUp means understanding infertility and it means strength and conviction.
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It means we want you to know some key points regarding infertility and conception. These points are based on research and data and are not opinion, or speculation. They are real medical points to understand about the reproductive system and conceiving.
- Infertility will affect one in eight straight couples. Although all LGBTQ couples will need Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to build their families, they are also affected by infertility. Be an advocate, sign the letters for us to deliver and discuss on May 18. The letters tell our legislators that infertility is a topic that we will not be quiet about. Join us for our Family & Friends Advocacy Night on April 27.
- Secondary infertility, specifically the ability to have the next child you are hoping for, is also infertility and has a particular set of challenges. Join Melissa Kelleher, LCSW for a support group designed especially for those challenged with secondary infertility on Thursday, April 27.
- There is a test available to women of any age that will help predict her ability to become pregnant called the Anti-Mullerian Hormone test. This test can be done at any point in a woman's reproductive cycle and whether or not she is using birth control. Free event to honor NIAW on April 26 in RMACT's Danbury office. Please RSVP.
- One in ten women will have trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy. About forty percent of the time there is a challenge in becoming pregnant the difficulties in conceiving lie in either the female or male partner and about twenty per cent of the time, the difficulty is unable to be determined. Have you been trying to become pregnant? If you are over 35, the advice is to try for 6 months before moving onto a consultation with a fertility expert.
- Fertility treatment is available. Infertility is treatable and success rates, while they vary, often match and exceed a person's ability to become pregnant without any assistance. Check here about state mandates and insurance coverage.
National Infertility Awareness Week's "ListenUp" theme this year is a hopeful one. Giving the message to those we need to- and know that they are listening.
Join us next week for NIAW events at RMACT. We are listening.