Happy Infertility Awareness Week! It’s been incredible to see people from all over the world run fun campaigns and collaborations to help raise awareness about infertility and the need for increased education, support and financial relief for those going through it.
National Infertility Awareness Week® was founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association in 1989. The movement has set out to reduce stigma and educate the public about reproductive health and issues that make building a family difficult for so many. It’s also a movement to empower those whose lives are forever changed when they struggle to build a family. In 2010, National Infertility Awareness Week became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services.
This year’s theme is #InfertilityUncovered: Infertility does not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, age or even socio-economic status. Let’s uncover the issues of access facing the most vulnerable members of our community — those without access to insurance coverage for infertility care or the economic means to pay out-of-pocket for treatments, third-party options or adoption. (source: RESOLVE)
Some facts about Infertility:
- Infertility is considered a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body’s ability to perform the basic function of reproduction (World Health Organization).
- Infertility affects 1 in 6 families in Canada and 1 in 8 in the US.
- 4 million have received infertility services in their lifetime.
- Roughly 40% of infertility cases are caused by the woman. 30% of cases are the man. 20% of cases are both the man and woman. 10% of infertility cases can’t be explained.
- Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- IVF is the most effective treatment, but 70% of the treatments still fail.
- Takes an average of 2.3 treatments to have a successful, full-term pregnancy.
- The average successful patient spends $66,000 on infertility treatments.
RESOLVE chose orange as the color of NIAW because the color promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy that should be shared, such as compassion, passion and warmth. Orange will help a person recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride. Studies show that the color orange can create physical effects such as heightened sense of activity, increased socialization, boost in aspiration, stimulated mental activity, increased oxygen supply to the brain, increased contentment, and enhanced assurance.
Throughout the week, a few contests have been posted on our social media as well as some powerful infertility stories shared by others. A project that we’re also supporting is Samantha Busch’s #IVFingReal campaign. She has been an incredible voice for those dealing with infertility and when she reached out, we were very excited to jump onboard.
Samantha is an advocate for infertility and also runs the Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, which provides year-round advocacy for infertility education and awareness and helps to remove the financial barriers that stop so many couples from having their own bundle of joy. Since starting in 2015, they have awarded 37 grants totaling almost $500,000 with 19 babies born and three more on their way so far!
This Infertility week, Samantha is getting #IVfingReal about infertility and IVF. To help raise awareness, she sent out packages to #IVFwarriors on Instagram with orange lipstick and has asked them to post photos on social media along with the message they want to share. If you want to join the campaign, just grab a tube of orange lipstick and post your own photo using the hashtag #IVFingReal. We encourage everyone to share their own story – whatever that looks like. It could be your own infertility or IVF journey; your miscarriage and loss; words of encouragement for others going through their own journeys; facts and stats about infertility to educate others about the need for awareness and better health/insurance coverage. Whatever is on your heart and you feel comfortable sharing is perfect.
P.S. If lipstick isn’t your thing, throw on an orange outfit and snap a photo.
(Source: bundlyofjoyfund.org/ )