Poma Fertility Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to Observe National Infertility Awareness Week
Poma Fertility and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will recognize National Infertility Awareness Week, April 21-27, by joining men and women world-wide to promote greater public awareness about the disease of infertility.
This year, the 24th annual infertility awareness week is themed as ‘Join the Movement,’ and asks that people and doctors around the world call attention to the disease of infertility. While one-in-eight American couples of childbearing age struggles to have a family, the technologies available to treat infertility are more effective than ever.
Poma Fertility strives to help make infertility stop being an invisible disease and through their communications efforts, the doctors at Poma Fertility, reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Michael Opsahl and laboratory director Dr. Klaus Wiemer, want to see families talk about how infertility may be affecting their lives.
“For too long people have had to remain quiet when a family member asks why they haven’t started a family yet,” Wiemer said. “Thanks to an increased awareness, like that brought about by National Infertility Awareness Week, families who are struggling are more willing than ever to talk to their friends and family about their struggle. That’s real progress.”
Infertility was once considered by some to be more a women’s disease, but thanks in part to awareness programs like National Infertility Awareness Week, we now know that problems conceiving are just as likely to lie with the male partner.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Protection, “about 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15–44 years have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.”
The CDC also points out how the American family dynamic is changing over time:
“Many women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children,” the CDC said. “In fact, about 20% of women in the United States now have their first child after age 35. So age is a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is older than 35 years have fertility problems.”
By only charging $9,200 for complete IVF treatment, Poma Fertility is bringing infertility treatments to people who could have never afforded it had they been paying the national average price charged by most clinics.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization focusing on promoting reproductive health and helping to ensure access to all family-building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In 2010 National Infertility Awareness Week became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about RESOLVE and National Infertility Awareness Week, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.