The week provides a time for those with infertility to “speak out” to their friends and families in their own way. NIAW is April 21st to 29th. It is usually during the last full week of April, timed to occur slightly before Mother’s Day in May.
Infertility is a frequently misunderstood condition. For example, feature stories often focus on the female side of infertility. But infertility isn’t only a female problem, it affects men too. In fact, almost half of all infertile couples deal with male factor infertility.
NIAW is also needed to spread awareness of infertility to the general public. With infertility affecting 1 in 8, it’s likely that everyone has at least one friend or family member living with infertility. When the general public understands infertility better, fertility challenged couples will be freer to talk about their condition, possibly experience less shame, and receive more support.