Reproductive Partners–San Diego joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to spread awareness about infertility during National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), April 24-30, 2016.

As leaders in reproductive health, the entire team at Reproductive Partners–San Diego recognizes the importance of drawing attention to infertility, a disease that affects one in eight couples. Though infertility affects nearly 10% of the population, for many, it’s an invisible struggle. The goal of NIAW is to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to gain a deeper understanding of their reproductive health.

The theme of this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week is ‘#StartAsking.’ Every day, people whose lives have been touched by the disease of infertility are asking difficult questions. Things like, “Why me?”, “What next?” and “How will we afford this?” This year’s theme promotes ongoing conversation to encourage employers, insurance carriers, media to address issues related to infertility and what more can be done to support those who struggle with the disease. It also opens up a dialogue with those who have been affected by infertility, prompting them share their stories and recognize that they are not alone.

During the week of April 24-30, we encourage you to wear orange in support of NAIW. Orange is an ancient symbol of fertility and combines the color red, a symbol of love, with the color yellow, which signifies happiness. By donning orange and speaking to others about the meaning behind your fashion choice, you open up a conversation about the disease of infertility and motivate those who have been affected to make a greater commitment to the cause.

In addition to wearing orange, there here are other actions you can take to raise awareness about infertility and inspire others to follow suit:

  • Change your Facebook profile picture to an orange heart
  • Add an orange heart to your email signature or web page
  • Use the hashtag #StartAsking with the infertility-related posts you post on media
  • Learn more about the disease of infertility by researching the issues and committing to greater understanding
  • Share your own infertility story, privately or publicly. You never know who you might inspire.
  • Share RESOLVE’s list of ‘25 Things to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone Living with Infertility’

For more information about how to get involved and additional ideas to draw attention to the disease of infertility, visit the RESOLVE website.