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    Breaking the Stigma: Opening Up About Infertility

    By Prelude Fertility|April 18th, 2024

    It's hard to imagine that in today's world, there are still stigmas surrounding infertility and modern fertility treatments. Sadly, many people who are not part of this community hold misunderstandings about individuals and couples who are struggling to conceive or are exploring other ways to expand their families, like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or surrogacy. 

    No matter what your specific case may be, or where you are on your journey, opening up about your experience with infertility can help break down barriers and educate others. As we celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) this year, we encourage you to find your voice, talk about issues facing this community, and support those who need it most.

    Common Misconceptions Surrounding Infertility

    To break the stigma surrounding infertility, it’s important to highlight some misinformation surrounding it. Here are some common myths:

    • Conceiving a child is easy: False. According to the World Health Organization, infertility affects 1 in 6 people globally — nearly 18% of the world’s adult population. Several factors can affect the ability to get pregnant, like age, certain health conditions, and more.
    • Lifestyle changes can cure infertility: Infertility is a medical condition that often requires medical treatment. Ovulation disorders, blocked fallopian tubes, and genetically inherited problems in women, as well as abnormal sperm production in men, can cause infertility. Lifestyle changes can’t cure these conditions.
    • Men don’t experience infertility: Male reproductive issues account for one-third of infertility cases, as do female reproductive issues. The remaining cases are caused by a combination of male and female reproductive issues or by unknown factors.
    • It’s all in your head: While experiencing infertility can be stressful, stress and anxiety do not cause infertility. Therefore, it's not true that merely avoiding stress will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

    The Power of Sharing Your Story

    Sharing your infertility may seem intimidating at first, but speaking up may inspire someone who needs support. While many people experience challenges growing their families, some individuals suffer in silence due to the stigmas that surround infertility. By sharing your experience, you also educate people outside of the community, helping to destigmatize fertility care for couples facing infertility, single parents, and LGBTQ+ families.

    How You Can Spread Awareness

    There are many ways to spread awareness and educate others about infertility. For example, you can:

    Get the Fertility Support You Need

    Opening up about infertility isn’t easy, but it can make a significant impact on the world around you. If you need help growing your family, The Prelude Network® is here for you. If you want to consult with an expert fertility care team, contact us today, and we’ll help you find a fertility clinic near you.