Is Infertility your destiny? Bad luck? A mystery? No! No! And No! It is a disease. Infertility can have a devastating effect in your relationships, in your health and job performance. We should bring this emotional issue out of the shadows and into the Light! Without pretending to know what it feels like, because I never had infertility problems, I do feel the pain of the millions of women going through it right now at this very moment. Almost 25% of women will suffer from one form or another of infertility. Over 6 million American women are having difficulty getting pregnant.
Being such an emotive subject, many women choose to keep it to themselves, hiding their struggles from friends and family. Sometimes hiding it even from themselves, not wanting to admit they have a problem, they live in denial without taking a proactive approach that could help to find a solution, not only for themselves, but for this disorder as a whole.
I have many friends trying desperately month after month trying to accomplish their dream of motherhood, to only go from one disappointment to the next. The frustration, anger, and depression felt by infertility in women has been compared to be, as debilitating emotionally, as being told you have cancer.
The reason I decided to write about this issue today is because I feel that all women whether personally dealing with this or not, should unite and support each other in bringing infertility awareness. It is also very important to encourage women to liberate themselves from the guilt, the shame that they feel and be open and honest about their struggle so this can be treated as a health issue, a disease, and funding can be made available for more research, and receive more attention and support from government, media and the masses.
Did you know that health insurance does not cover infertility related treatments? It is given the same treatment as cosmetic plastic surgery or liposuction. As if wanting to have children is a privilege and a luxury for the wealthy.
Breast Cancer, for example, is rarely deadly this days, thanks to the global awareness and support brought to it. Women feel more comfortable admitting to having breast cancer than fertility issues. That same level of empathy we feel today for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer, needs to happen right now with infertility. Knowing that is not their problem but our problem as women, as a society and of our future generations. We can all do something about it! Even if not every single case will have a successful outcome we can help provide more options, more education and increase the success rates significantly. Spread the word, call a friend, be supportive and inform yourself.