World Infertility Awareness Month is celebrated every June and stands as a powerful global movement that aims to unite communities, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to address the challenges faced by individuals and couples dealing with infertility. With 1 in 6 couples struggling with conceiving, this global issue needs to become an openly discussed topic of conversation.
The aim of the month is to empower couples with scientific knowledge that can help improve their chances of support. Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse and/or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth.
World infertility awareness month was created so that others could understand that infertility is a medical condition and not a choice and that there are treatments that can cure underlying fertility issues.
What are common reproductive challenges faced by couples?
Whilst there are some infertility issues that have no cure, there are numerous causes of infertility that can be corrected with the appropriate medical care.
Some of the more common reproductive challenges that couples may face are:
- PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)
- Premature ovarian failure
- Secondary infertility
- Recurrent miscarriage
It is important to recognise the emotional toll that infertility can take on couples and individuals. The struggle to conceive can lead to isolation and loneliness. It is important to prioritise mental health and seek support. This month also calls on the recognition and importance of inclusivity in infertility. Infertility can affect individuals and families of all races, genders, and sexual orientations.
If you have access to myTamarin fertility support through your employer please book in a consultation with one of our fertility nurses who will help you navigate the challenges of infertility.
When is the best time to ask for fertility help?
Whether it’s in June or in any other time of the year, the best time to seek fertility help is sooner rather than later. If you suspect that you may have a problem with infertility it is important to remember that it is very common, and most cases can be treated successfully.
Lifestyle changes that you can make in the meantime:
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
- Reduce stress levels.
- Continue having regular sexual intercourse
Whatever stage of your family-forming journey you are at, myTamarin has experts ready to support you through this journey and help you navigate the uncertainty and challenges of fertility.
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