Chances are you or someone you know has been effected by the painful disease Infertility. Whether they are currently carrying this burden or overcame it. It’s a painful road to travel in life. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples and is now classifed by the American Fertility Association as a disease of the reproductive system.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. The theme for NIAW is “Don’t Ignore Infertility.”
What does the theme for NIAW mean to you?.
Does it mean you don’t ignore the signs of Infertility any longer and see a doctor?
Does it mean that you stop ignoring Infertility, come out of the closet and start educating yourself and others about the disease and how it can affect you and your loved ones?
It can mean a # of different things to different people, but to me, “Don’t Ignore Infertility” means the latter of the 2.
For a year my husband and I suffered in silence telling only certain people what we thought they needed to know and ignoring that we were being labeled as an Infertile Couple. I didn’t want to believe it. I ignored the fact that we might someday be one of the couples that do IVF, adopt or use a surrogate. We really didn’t educate ourselves or delve into the world of Infertility. I had the same belief as so many others that we are still young. And yes we maybe young, but my body says otherwise. I have an AMH problem that basically says I have old eggs for my age and by the time I am between the ages of 30 & 32 I may not have any viable eggs left for pregnancy. I am 28 now and want 3 children and have only 2-4 good years to do it.
While circumstance kept me from trying to start a family sooner (my husband and I have been married for almost 2 yrs and together for 3 1/2). So no delay there. But I truly wish I would have learned at a younger age I have medical problems that were going to make it difficult or near to impossible to have children naturally, if at all. And to know now it was only a few blood tests that found the medical conditions I have that are causing my husband and I to suffer from Infertility. Something as simple as a blood test that even your primary doctor can perform if looking for the right things. Had I known this in my early 20’s I could have prepared for my future emotionally, financially and marriage wise. While my husband has been wonderful through all of this I sometimes feel bad that because of marrying me he has had to endure all of this. But that is another blog for another time. :)
So in saying all of this my husband and I have decided to become a voice for Infertility and rather then letting it beat us we are determined to beat it. By sharing our story, educating our friends and loved ones and becoming advocates in our hometown of St. Louis as well as all over. I was shocked to learn at the local bookstore there was not a special section for Infertility books. They had maybe 8 in the women’s health section. The library has maybe 10-15 books. The biggest shock to me of all was St. Louis had nothing going on for the week of NIAW. My husband and I are determined to change all of this in the years to come so that Infertility is no longer ignored or overlooked.
Moving forward I encourage anyone reading this whether you suffer from Infertility or are a friend or loved one who knows someone suffering. Educate yourself, let your voice be heard, come out of the Infertility closet and give support to those around who are suffering. Let’s not Ignore this disease any longer!!
If you would like more information about Infertility or to let your voice be heard please visit the links below.