National Infertility Awareness Week #StartAsking

It’s almost National Infertility Awareness Week here in the US, 24-30 April 2016.  I don’t know if there is an equivalence in the UK, Canada, Australia, NZ or wherever you are in the world, but seeing as my blog lives in an international community I believe it should be an International Awareness Week (So doth Dani declares!).  So join us!

Here are some ways you can ALL get involved to help spread awareness of this disease, whether you are infertile or an infertile loved one’s supporter.

Learn more about infertility.  Because knowledge is power.

If you are family or a friend of an infertile loved one then change your facebook profile picture to this.  You can download the picture from here.

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If you are 1 in 8 couples you can change your facebook profile picture to one of these:

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or my favourite…..

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Let people know that infertility is a disease by using the phrase, “the disease of infertility” whenever you talk or write about infertility.

If you don’t know what to say to someone who has infertility, then you can read this article: “25 Things to say (and not to say)” from Resolve.  If you are finding that some friends just don’t understand your infertility and are saying unintentionally hurtful things – share this link with friends and family so you can help them to help you.

Infertility is a couple’s disease, there is a mis-perception that infertility is a woman’s disease, this is not true.  So don’t forget all the men who are affected too.

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So what am I doing for National Infertility Awareness Week?  I have been prepping some microblog posts, one-a-day, on the subject of this year’s theme #StartAsking – I will also be posting on my personal facebook page – eeeeeeek!!!!

I am participating in Miss Conception Coach’s Bloggers Unit Conference!!!!  Watch this space for my article!  You can follow her on wordpress and see all the inspiring articles for the conference, her instagram is @missconceptioncoach – she posts lots of beautiful and inspiring words of wisdom 🙂

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My local infertility support group is running an information desk at our local clinic throughout the week, and I will help man it for a few hours to make people aware of who we are and what the support group does 🙂

As part of Resolve’s Advocacy day some members of my local infertility support group are visiting Washington DC to talk to members of congress about important family building issues.  I can’t go because I have to work (Boooooooo) but they will be taking my letters I have written to our Senators and Congressman with them!

And of course I will be doing all the social media stuff too.

 

OK that’s a lot for now!!!! TTFN!!!

 

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4 thoughts on “National Infertility Awareness Week #StartAsking

    • thegreatpuddingclubhunt says:

      Haha! Yes that was our first reaction when we heard about it too!! Chris thought it was a terrible campaign hashtag!!! But anyway, it is a great question!!!
      So what it really is – we should start asking for infertility insurance coverage…start asking lawmakers to support family building issues…for friends and family to support us…for the media to cover infertility issues…for affordable treatment…for more research etc.

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      • Nara says:

        Aha. Start campaigning then? That makes sense… Although I do think it’s one of those things that shouldn’t be on the unsupported/marginalised group to sort out. As in, most people in positions of power and decision makers / lawmakers will be parents, and have parents. They should understand the importance of being able to pursue having children.

        I find it weird personally that infertility is classed in the same category as discretionary procedures like cosmetic surgery… I feel like we are penalised for being infertile.

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  1. flatwhitetogo85 says:

    Great post! Well done for doing what you can to get the message out there.

    I agree with Nara – it’s so frustrating that infertility treatment is essentially seen as a luxury, akin to cosmetic surgery or other “unnecessary” treatments.

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