In recent years the topic of infertility has been brought to light through the brave individuals and couples who shared the stories of their fertility struggles. We’ve heard of the celebrities that used surrogacy and or IVF to grow their families including Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, Amy Smart, Tyra Banks, Lucy Lui, and Giuliana Rancic. This list is far from comprehensive, yet gives insight into the fact that infertility can happen to anyone no matter their age, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or sexual orientation. 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. This means that if you have not experienced infertility, it’s likely you know someone who has.
National Infertility Awareness Week is all about informing the general public of an issue that impacts millions of people worldwide. Whether the celebrities listed above had set out to be advocates of infertility or not is unknown to us, yet in sharing their stories they have contributed to the conversation. They became advocates of spreading infertility awareness.
What can you do to become an advocate?
RESOLVE is an excellent informational source and a good place to start your research on getting involved. They have recommendations on how to get involved on a local level, through social medial, as well as lists of events around the country that everyone- infertile or not- are welcome to attend. Most important is sharing your story. Are you struggling with infertility? Do you know someone who is? Have you been an egg donor or a surrogate? Share your story. Talk about your experience with anyone who will #listenup. Advocacy starts with YOU.
Family Creations supports the infertility community everyday through our efforts in assisting our clients through their egg donation and surrogacy journeys. We understand that infertility can create financial and emotional hardships. Family Creations can expertly guide you through the many facets of the egg donor and or surrogacy process. No one with infertility should have to walk alone.