Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that affects 1 in 6 couples attempting pregnancy. That means that nearly 20% of people who are trying to build their families will need some assistance in order to do so. Let that number sink in a minute, because it’s strikingly high.
RMACT Supports National Infertility Awareness Week
Though we at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) exist in order to help these couples and individuals build their families, we couldn’t do it alone. Thanks to advocacy organizations like Resolve, and movements like National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), we are able to raise crucial awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to better understand their reproductive health. Each year, we take part in NIAW, but this year, we did a little something different.
Fertility Advocacy – #StartAsking
Last night, RMACT hosted NIAW Family & Friends Night – an evening devoted to fertility advocacy. Over 40 people attended, and we adopted this year’s NIAW theme of #StartAsking. The #StartAsking campaign encourages people with and without infertility to #StartAsking their questions as they relate to the world of fertility. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, motivate others to commit to the cause, and call on our Lawmakers and legislators to better support issues important to the fertility community.
We collected letters to our Congresspeople, urging them to Co-sponsor bills that relate to fertility coverage for Veterans (S 469, HR 3365 and HR 2257), adoption tax credit (HR 2434), and to support funding of the CDC National Action Plan which declared infertility as a public health issue in 2014. We took photos of questions from patients, our board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists, staff members, and fellow supporters, and compiled them in the video below to continue to raise awareness about infertility, and family building access for everyone. Please feel free to share!
If you would like to join the #StartAsking movement by writing a letter to Congress, download the letter here!