“Don’t ignore infertility” is the theme for National Infertility Awareness Week 2012. There is tons of information available on the Interwebs (see links below), but here are a few things I’d like you to know:
- Don’t ignore – the signs of infertility. If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, or 6 months for those over age 35 or with particular health conditions, it is time to get some help. Talk to your general practitioner or gynecologist or find a fertility specialist in your area.
- Don’t ignore – the many ways to build a family. Keep your mind open to fostering, adoption and/or assisted reproduction, if in accordance with your beliefs.
- Don’t ignore – friends and family struggling with infertility. It sucks, and isn’t really something people want to talk about. But show that you care and find out how you can be supportive.
- Don’t ignore – the costs. Infertility is expensive business. Getting diagnosed or getting treatment may not be covered by insurance. If possible, advocate for insurance coverage of infertility with your local government representatives.
- Don’t ignore – your partner and your “real” life. Take care to communicate and do fun things together.
- Don’t ignore – your feelings. Only the person dealing with infertility will know when it is time to call it quits or make a change in treatment. Don’t ignore what your body is telling you. Don’t ignore your instincts about your health care. And don’t ignore the pain and sadness. Honor your feelings and treat yourself with care and love.