Sunday, April 22 marks the beginning of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), an initiative designed to raise awareness about infertility and the challenges associated with this disease. Millions of couples all over the world suffer silently when they aren't able to conceive a pregnancy, as many choose to not discuss their infertility struggles with their friends, family or other loved ones.
While many couples and infertility professionals deal with these challenges daily, NIAW is a special time when reproductive issues are thrust into the national spotlight. This year's theme is "Don't ignore infertility", which is designed to encourage people to speak with their friends, family and healthcare professionals. So, go ahead: open up to your friends about the struggles you are facing, be honest with your family about why you haven't had children, or finally make that appointment with an infertility specialist. You might just be surprised at how many people you know who are facing the same issues.