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Breaking the stigma: National Infertility Awareness Week shines light on fertility challenges

Published by Dayton Daily News. Read the full article.

One in 6 people globally are affected by infertility, and that number may be higher in the Miami Valley, doctor says.

In 1989, RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, founded a movement called National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). Its purpose is to reduce the stigma and to educate the public on the difficulties of reproductive health — which SpringCreek Fertility, a Centerville-based fertility treatment center, often does.

Infertility — a disease, condition or status of the male or female reproduction system that can prevent a person’s ability to conceive — affects an estimated 17% of people globally at some point during their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Reproductive issues can often manifest in the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes for females; low sperm levels, motility (movement) and morphology (shape) of sperm for males.

The causes of infertility are too wide-ranging to fit here and can be a lifelong affliction for some — though as treatments are becoming more widely available, so is the dialogue surrounding it.

Part of the mission of NIAW is to spread the word at the grassroots level, and to open up the conversations because as the message becomes clearer, those who suffer realize they are not alone. Generally, the first step to empathizing and breaking down those barriers is to talk about it.