If you visit the Reproductive Partners–San Diego office during the month of April, you might notice the predominance of the color orange, both in our décor and on our staff. Our team is proudly displaying this eye-catching hue because orange is the color of the annual National Infertility Awareness Week, which takes place this year during April 23-29.
Along with the national infertility association Resolve and our network partners at IntegraMed Fertility, we are showing our support during National Infertility Awareness Week because of the importance of bringing awareness to infertility, a disease that affects 7+ million individuals–both men and women alike.
Infertility is a private issue, so it can be hard for couples to feel comfortable sharing their stories. NIAW is an avenue of support and communication to assist those who are struggling with infertility, to let them know they are loved and, most importantly, to remind them that they are not alone. It’s also a chance for those who know someone in this situation to learn more about the infertility challenges that their loved one is facing.
National Infertility Awareness Week is a time to show support, encourage a conversation and make an effort to get educated.
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
There are many opportunities to demonstrate your support for the cause. Your open show of solidarity will show those in your life who struggle with infertility that you are aware of their challenges and you support their journey.
- Wear orange throughout the month of April, particularly during the week of April 23-29. Orange was selected to represent infertility awareness because it’s a combination of red, symbolizing love, and yellow which signifies happiness.
- Wear orange heart pins. Your pin will show solidarity with others who struggle with infertility and will provide an opportunity to start talking.
Start or Join the Conversation
Opening up about infertility is a major step toward alleviating the burden of facing this issue on your own. At Reproductive Partners–San Diego, we take a holistic approach to treating infertility. We believe that reducing your overall stress levels can play an important role in elevating your fertility. Sharing your story and listening to others is a reminder that close to 12% of American women have received some sort of fertility services throughout their lifetime. When you speak freely, you lessen the stigma surrounding infertility. It reminds you that you are not alone in your treatment.
- If you have struggled with infertility, share your story with someone close to you. Opening up gives you the chance to lighten your emotional load and deepen your bond with someone who cares about you.
- Tag photos and social media posts with the #HaveAHeart hashtag to raise awareness within your social media circles.
- Use the Resolve website to find an online infertility support community. Connect to others who are at various stages in their journey who can share life stories and perspective.
- Take part in a fundraising or awareness event near you–or host one yourself. Find ideas at IntfertilityAwareness.org.
One in eight couples struggle with infertility. Now is the perfect time to get involved, learn more and show your support. Though National Infertility Awareness Week is April 23-29, this is a conversation that should continue throughout the year.