Nothing is more important to us than to help men and women get the answers and support they need to make important decisions in treatment and care.
Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
National Infertility Awareness Week is recognized April 20-26 and marks the 25th Anniversary in joining millions of men and women fighting the disease of infertility and promoting greater awareness about infertility.
Resolve: The National Infertility Association began the movement in 1989, to raise awareness about infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. This is especially important today, as one in eight couples is diagnosed with infertility.
This observance week focuses on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist, enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention, and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state.
"This year's theme is 'Resolve to know,' and that has always been our goal for all of our patients. We always encourage patient education and nothing is more important to us than to help men and women get the answers and support they need to make important decisions in treatment and care," said Vicki Schnell, Medical Director at Center of Reproductive Medicine (CORM).
During National Infertility Awareness Week, (CORM) will show their support to raise awareness with the following activities at their main office in Clear Lake: Monday-complimentary massages, Tuesday-Book Giveaway of “Love and Infertility”, Wednesday-Fruit and Fertility Facts and Thursday-Support Group meeting.
Five Facts About Infertility:
- A woman under the age of 35, who has been trying to conceive for a year, needs to seek a fertility specialist. Women over the age of 35 should seek a specialist after trying for six months. (http://www.asrm.org)
- Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S. This figure represents 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples. (2002 National Survey of Family Growth) *
- Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners, or is unexplained. (http://www.asrm.org) *
- Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997) *
- Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). (http://www.asrm.org) *
About Center of Reproductive Medicine:
Established in 1993, Center of Reproductive Medicine (CORM) was founded by Vicki Schnell, MD and has locations in Clear Lake, Houston Medical Center and Southeast Texas. Their state-of-the-art facility includes a surgery suite and IVF lab that allows treatment of all fertility related diagnoses. With three fertility specialists, they have more than twenty five years combined experience and consistently rank high in fertility success rates. Their donor egg program has been number one in Texas consecutively for several years. For more information, visit http://www.infertilitytexas.com.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.
About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW):
Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit http://www.resolve.org/niaw.