This National Infertility Awareness Week, #StartAsking

With infertility affecting one in eight individuals, it is very likely that either you or someone you know and love is struggling to conceive. National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is a movement designed by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Awareness Association to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and to encourage the public to gain a better understanding of reproductive health. This year, the week will be recognized April 24-30.

UNC Fertility is proud to participate once again in this week of advocacy to help people understand the disease and make informed decisions about seeking treatment. "Start Asking" is the week's theme, designed to encourage those participating to ask the difficult questions about infertility. Some topics to consider:

•             #StartAsking: Your OB/GYN to talk about your reproductive health

•             #StartAsking: Your employer about insurance coverage for infertility treatments

•             #StartAsking: Friends and family to support you

•             #StartAsking: About joining a support group*

At UNC Fertility, we believe that the right time to seek treatment depends on your individual situation. Our team really encourages our patients to take their time and figure out what is right for them. The first appointment at a fertility center can be filled with anxiety and questions but also excitement. For couples, we strongly recommend that both partners attend the first appointment so they may have a chance to meet with the physicians, nurses and administrative staff. During this one-on-one consultation, both partners will review their medical history with their physician and determine any testing that will be needed as well as begin creating a customized treatment plan.

To join the ‘Start Asking’ conversation, head to your social media channels and let your followers know that you’re ready to #StartAsking the tough questions.

*If you or someone you know is interested in joining a support group, consider The Triangle Infertility Support group, which meets monthly in a peer-led setting to discuss navigating treatment options and gives women and couples an opportunity to meet with others in a non-clinical setting. For more information about this group or other RESOLVE support groups, visit resolve.org.

UNC Fertility, located in Raleigh, NC, provides care for the evaluation and treatment of disorders relating to fertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, menopause and reproductive endocrine abnormalities. Services include the spectrum of fertility treatments (ultrasound, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, reconstructive laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, and sperm donation). Our IVF Program includes four board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists, highly experienced embryologists and laboratory support staff, specially trained nurses and the most advanced technology available. For more information about UNC Fertility, visit uncfertility.com or call 919-908-0000.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association was established in 1974 and is a nonprofit with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. 

Erica McCready, marketing director for UNC Fertility Raleigh, oversees the practice's biannual open houses to help the community better understand infertility options. She is also an adoptive mother to two rambunctious pups.

Photo courtesy of ERICA MCCREADY