April 24th-May 1st, 2010 is National Infertility Awareness Week! NIAW is a movement to raise awareness about the disease of infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans. In fact, one in six couples (17%) trying to get pregnant will experience some degree of infertility. The causes of infertility are numerous and can be attributed to problems with either the male or female reproductive systems. Infertility affects both men and women, with 40% of infertility diagnoses traced only to the female partner and 20% traced only to the male partner. In approximately 30% of infertility cases, a problem exists in both the male and female partners, and 10% of all couples experience unexplained infertility, when no specific cause can be identified in either partner.
Check out the Resolve website for more details on what YOU can do to help spread the awareness! It’s important that YOU become educated (which is what you are doing by reading this blog!) so you can educate others! There are so many myths surrounding infertility that we must correct. Myths such as relax and it will happen, infertility is not that common (incorrect based on the above statistics), adopt and you’ll get pregnant, etc. etc.
Infertility is HARD!!! It is a roller coaster, it is emotionally exhausting, it is stressful, it is time consuming, it is a financial burden, it is painful (both physically and emotionally), it can put strains on relationships, it is overwhelming, and I could go on and on!
I know that the Lord has me on this journey for a reason but so often I think about those people who are struggling with infertility that do not know the Lord as their personal Savior. I have NO CLUE how one can make it through this journey being dependent on yourself and not knowing there is a greater purpose for all of the pain. Please take this week to not just become more aware but please take a few minutes to pray for all of those going through infertility, especially those that do not know the Lord!
Thank you for all of your support, those of you going through IF with me and those of you who are there to support me because you love me! THANK YOU!!