What our Dallas IVF center is saying this Infertility Awareness Week
Hashtag: #ListenUp #NIAW
We know how it feels to want a baby, only to have your body or circumstances deny you that dream. Too often, men and women with reproductive challenges feel hopeless and embarrassed by their situation. It’s a disease, but unlike other diagnoses, infertility has its roots in a very private aspect of our lives, so we don’t always talk about it. During Infertility Awareness Week, April 23-29, we stress the importance of having family and friends speak out on behalf of their loved ones.
Our Dallas IVF center team, including Drs. Chantilis, Lee, Thomas, Gada and Lawrence, have devoted their life’s work to erasing infertility and raising awareness. While their research efforts are part of a global push to find a better, more efficient path to pregnancy, they know that advocacy is just as important.
#ListenUp: You have a role in Infertility Awareness Week (#NIAW)
Now more than ever, it’s important to know a few key facts about the field of reproductive endocrinology, the sub-speciality that treats infertility and helps preserve and protect family-building for all people. We have these core beliefs:
- Infertility treatment should be inclusive, with donor services and third-party reproduction available to all prospective parents.
- Infertility treatment should be preventative, with ovarian reserve testing at earlier ages, preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and fertility preservation awareness.
- Infertility treatment should be affordable, with fertility drug discounts, grants and greater insurance coverage.
- Infertility treatment should be ethical, with strict adherence to guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), our governing body.
- Infertility treatment should be understood for what it is – an essential medical intervention for a curable disease or condition.
While your friends and family pursue fertility treatments that demand time, resilience, money and courage, you can stand in the gap for them by listening to their struggles, avoiding disheartening language (“if you would just relax, it would happen”) and supporting access to fertility coverage. You can save the date for RESOLVE Advocacy Day on Thursday, May 18 in Washington, D.C., in partnership with ASRM, and watch for legislative updates here: http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/the-center-for-infertility-justice/federal-legislation/
Today’s best practices help people find a safer, more efficient and affordable path to becoming a parent. Contact our Dallas IVF center and fertility specialists to find out how we are making a difference this Infertility Awareness Week, #NIAW, #ListenUp