National Infertility Awareness Week: "Did You Know?" Fertility Quiz
One last word or two, on National Infertility Awareness Week. Here’s a quiz for all you fertile people out there!
I like to call it, “Did you know?”
Let’s just jump right in.
Fertility Quiz for Those Who Are Fertile
- Did you know that 1 in 8 couples are affected by infertility or trouble sustaining a pregnancy?
- That men and women are equally affected by infertility?
- Infertility can feel as emotionally challenging as cancer or other life threatening illnesses and diseases?
- Chances are someone in your book group, workplace, place of worship or other group has been having problems but has not felt comfortable asking or receiving support?
- Infertility can make maintaining friendships with others who are having babies nearly impossible and at the least very painful?
- Infertility can become all that your friend can focus on? Given that fertility treatments can be time intensive; including lots of doctors appointments, requiring medications taken at specific times (including injections on a daily basis), and limits daily activities, your friend may have a very different schedule and availability than he or she used to.
- Your friend is afraid, at her/his very core, that they will not be able to have children, even if the statistics are in their favor?
- This might be the first very large life obstacle that many people face?
- That relaxing, taking a vacation, adopting will not help? But suggesting those things can make your friend feel more isolated and even irate.
- Your friend may be unable to discuss his/her treatment with you because of their own feelings of inadequacy and shame?
If you did not know those things, could you please share this with another fertile friend? Chances are they didn’t know it either.
Bottom line, I believe that people want to be kind. Especially to their friends. I would like to believe that if you knew the things above, that you would be more sensitive and kind to your friend who does not have children yet. It’s very possible that if your friend is married for a significant amount of time and does not have a baby yet that there’s a problem, even if they aren’t telling you.
So please pass this on. It’s hard to unknow something, so please keep what I’ve shared with you uppermost in your mind when you are in a relationship with someone who may be having struggles with infertility.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.