This week is the Annual Infertility Awareness Week. A week I’m very passionate about. The theme this year is “Resolve to Know More” and this is right up my alley. From the day we got our infertility diagnosis, we researched every.single.thing we could. Poor Mr. Piñata took every supplement ever known to help with male fertility issues. I looked up statistics, specialists, differing opinions on treatment plans, etc. We wanted to KNOW MORE about this medical condition we were now diagnosed with and walking through.
But, during this week I do feel responsible for helping educate others about infertility, both on the medical and emotional level. Here is some worthwhile information from Resolve, the National Infertility Association. Check out their site for information on these infertility myths and facts below, and much more.
Myth: Infertility is a women’s problem.
Fact: This is untrue. It surprises most people to learn that infertility is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases. It is essential that both the man and the woman be evaluated during an infertility work-up.
Myth: Don’t worry so much — it just takes time. You’ll get pregnant if you’re just patient.
Fact: Infertility is a medical problem that may be treated. At least 50% of those who complete an infertility evaluation will respond to treatment with a successful pregnancy. Some infertility problems respond with higher or lower success rates. Those who do not seek help have a “spontaneous cure rate” of about 5% after a year of infertility.