Sunday, April 21, 2013

National Infertility Awareness Week April 21-27th

How many of you knew that this week is National Infertility Awareness Week?  Did you know that this movement has been around since since 1989 and officially recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services since 2010?    Did you know that infertility affects about 7.3 million people in the US.  That's about 12% of women that are of childbearing age or 1 in 8 couples.  Did you know that one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third is attributed to the male partner, and one-third is attributed to a combination of both partners or is unexplained.  Did you know that a couple aged 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system only has a 20-25% chance of conceiving any given month when birth control isn't used.  Did you know that approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures while less than 3% need advanced reproductive treatments like IVF.  Did you know that 15 states have passed laws stating that insurance policies are required to cover at least some level of infertility treatment (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia).

For more information regarding National Infertility Awareness Week or to learn more about the disease of infertility, please visit these websites. (Basic understanding of the disease of infertility.)

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