There are 186 million people around the world who are experiencing infertility.
Did you know?
For anyone experiencing infertility, you likely know just how isolating of a condition it can be. Regardless of whether you and your partner are battling it as a team, the disease (for it is a disease) can be debilitating and increase tension in other areas of your lives. Despite how lonely these fertility issues can feel, research has shown that there are around 186 million people around the world who struggle with infertility. More than half of these people are men too, which debunks the notion that infertility is only a women’s issue. And even though there are certainly organizations (such as ourselves!) that are attempting to address such fertility misconceptions and myths, promoting infertility awareness is still a relevant global issue.
National Infertility Awareness Week just finished up in the U.S., but there are still movements happening both across the country and all over the world. Read on for examples of what other nations are doing to battle infertility!
How to advocate around the world?
Canada: Our neighbors to the north are leading a movement called #FertilityMatters, and they are actually hosting their own awareness week this coming May. These initiatives are powered by the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC), which began in 1983, and aspires to “empower Canadians to reach their reproductive health goals.” IAAC offers educational materials, mental and emotional support, as well as access to treatment.
United Kingdom: Across the pond, the UK is also running a group that provides similar resources to the ones in Canada. Additionally, they offer two distinct programs through the Infertility Network UK (INUK). One is called More to Life, which provides support for couples or individuals who opt to end treatment and live with involuntary childlessness. The second program, ACeBabes, continues to provide resources to couples who have had success after assisted conception. INUK also has their own National Fertility Awareness Week, which typically takes place in early November. Though information for the 2016 campaign has yet to be posted, last year they focused on promoting awareness of the #1in6 statistic.
India: In India, there is a series of fertility centers who recognize that infertility is often a symptom of lifestyle. In a “hugely career-oriented” world, they promote the fact that lots of couples face work-related stress and irregular eating habits that add to the difficulty getting pregnant. These clinics focus on bringing about affordable solutions to fertility issues, while still being able to offer top-notch quality.
South Africa: Down in the Southern Hemisphere, the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA) is driving the movement for change. Their motto is to “Advocate. Inform. Empower.” Even though they are a relatively new organization (established in 2013), they are leading great initiatives already, including an open letter to a national medical aid service that advocates for them to help cover fertility treatments.
Australia: The Aussies also host a Fertility Week, which takes place in September. This campaign is sponsored by the Fertility Coalition – a program that receives funding from the Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health. Their aim is to promote education, and they offer resources on their website for both men and women, as well as videos, quizzes, and even an ovulation calculator.
Mexico: We also recognize a lot of our readers are Spanish speakers, and sometimes they want to extend their research or connect with other Spanish speakers struggling with infertility.
Latin America is way behind with regards to an online infertility support community (Are you aware of one in your area, please share with us), but we recognize a small infertility support movement is developing. The Mexican Infertility Support Association is one of the first and oldest of it’s kind http://www.ami-ac.com/cms/index.php.
Spain: In Europe, the Infertility association of Spain http://asproin.com, is a very activity infertility community. Whether you are in Spain or somewhere else in a Latin American country, their resources are worth reading.
As a couple who might be having difficulty getting pregnant, it’s clear that your situation is not an uncommon one – nor are you ever alone in your struggles. There are resources, opportunities and others alike all over the world, but be sure that the Stork OTC is here for you, and hopes to be a part of your journey!
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