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National Infertility Survival Day – May 1, 2023

National Infertility Survival Day is celebrated yearly on the Sunday before Mother’s Day to remember and support those struggling with infertility. This year, it takes place on May 1. Just as much as we appreciate mothers and fathers, we also appreciate those coping with the inability to become parents. This year, we are joining them in celebration of the everyday wins in every area of their lives. In this world of struggle and survival, too many people are left behind.

History of National Infertility Survival Day

National Infertility Survival Day is a day set aside on the Sunday before Mother’s Day to show support, create awareness, and celebrate those battling infertility around the country.

This heartwarming holiday was founded in 2004 by Beverly Barna, who is the author of “Infertility Sucks! Keeping It All Together When Sperm And Egg Remain Stubbornly Apart.” This day also coincides with the day she conceived after struggling with infertility. She created the day to console people fighting infertility — because who better to understand their plight than someone that has gone through the same problem? She also owns a website where she helps raise awareness about fertility issues.

National Infertility Survival Day is a day that triggers deep emotions for many people, as it reminds them of the struggle they or others are going through when it comes to childbearing. Usually, the day is celebrated to remind them that they are not alone in their fight. Lectures, whether physical or virtual, are held to educate people about infertility. Gifts are exchanged amongst sufferers and are also shared with sufferers.

In our goodwill gesture to console families facing infertility issues, we may unknowingly create more pain for them and, therefore, some people may decide to hide the issues they face for years. So, in celebrating them, let us do so lovingly and sensitively.

National Infertility Survival Day timeline

1884
The First Artificial Insemination Attempt Takes Place

Dr. William Pancoast attempts the first artificial insemination procedure between a husband and wife, using an anonymous sperm donor.

1920s
Hormones Are Discovered and Studied

The hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are discovered and studied, providing greater insight into fertility and pregnancy.

1926
The First Fertility Clinic Opens

Not much is known about the first fertility clinic, except that it first opens its doors in Massachusetts.

1978
The First I.V.F. Baby

Louise Joy Brown is the first baby to be born by the In-Vitro Fertilization experiment.

National Infertility Survival Day FAQs

What is the main cause of infertility?

It is mostly caused by problems with ovulation.

Can infertility be cured?

Most doctors don’t refer to cures. Rather, they try to overcome the underlying cause of the problem that might be stopping the woman from conceiving.

What are the signs of infertility in women?

Abnormal periods, irregular periods, or no periods are signs of infertility.

How to Observe National Infertility Survival Day

  1. Send a note or gift

    Show your support to anybody that has told you they are struggling with infertility by sending a sensitive note or gift to let them know you're thinking of them. This gesture shows that you support them.

  2. Help create awareness

    Join the trend on social media with the tag #InferitilitySurvivalDay to show you care. Demonstrate your support through posts on social media.

  3. Share your struggle

    Share your problems with your local hospital. Ask for support if you're struggling with infertility.

5 Facts About Infertility You Never Knew

  1. It's not just about females

    Male sterility contributes to 43% of infertility cases.

  2. It's not always easy after the first

    According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about three million women of childbearing age struggle to have a second child.

  3. It's a very common condition

    In the United States, 12% of women between 15 and 44 years of age have trouble getting or staying pregnant.

  4. It's not for everyone

    Healthy couples between 29 and 33 have only a 20% to 25% chance of conceiving any given month.

  5. It may take time to conceive

    After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance.

Why National Infertility Survival Day is Important

  1. It's a day to show love

    Life is full of hardships, so it is important to spread love and kindness where we can. Why not take time out to show someone you care?

  2. It helps create awareness

    People can easily blame women for their issues with infertility, but the truth is it could be due to either party. This day teaches us how not to blame either individual for their struggles with infertility.

  3. It creates support

    Couples battling infertility are exposed to other couples who are also struggling. They can then provide support to each other. It also fosters a sense of community among sufferers.

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