National Infertility Awareness Week

In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, I’m having a giveaway…and no, it’s not a vasectomy.

I thought about a lot of things I could write about to recognize NIAW.  I could have written about my own infertility again, or educated you by telling you that 1 in 8 men and women are diagnosed with infertility. I could have shared with you countless stories of friends far and near who have suffered from infertility.  I could have written about our sucesses, our failures, and our painful losses.

Instead, I decided that you should educate yourselves.  Understanding how your body works, recognizing the signs of fertility and infertility, and being proactive are the best ways to get help for yourself if you find yourself to be one of those 1 in 8 people.  In order to entice you to do a little research of your own, I’m giving away a $25 Borders gift card.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Scamper off and do a little research on fertility/infertility.

2.  Learn something new.

3.  Come back here and leave a comment telling us what you learned.

4. Repeat as many times as you would like, leaving a separate comment for each fact.

5.  Get your entries in by 5 p.m. CST, Saturday, April 30th.

I’ll even help you get started.  Check out sites like Resolve, Fertility Authority, and Conceive.

Enter away!


  1. Well, I learned that the definition of infertility is “the inability of a couple to become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse.” I’d always wondered how this was determined!

  2. I also learned that 30-40% of infertility is related to male problems, like low sperm count, inability to ejaculate, etc., and that the larger percentage is due to female fertility issues – scarring from STDs or endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction, ovarian cysts, pelvic infections, tumors… And that poor nutrition can be a factor, which means I REALLY SHOULD START EATING BETTER for even more reasons than I already knew about,

  3. I learned that a “Women’s fertility declines after about age 27. By the time a woman is in her mid 30s, she has lost many of her viable eggs through menstruation and natural attrition.” Which made me feel sort of hopeless. *sigh*
    At least I can live vicariously through pictures of your sweet baby girls which you worked so hard to conceive! 😉

  4. I learned that smoking can prematurely age a woman’s ovaries, and has been associated with an accelerated rate of atresia, or egg destruction. It also moves menopause up by roughly two years. Doctors know smoking reduces the amount of estrogen in a woman’s bloodstream, and if you’ve smoked heavily for a long period of time, your chances of having genetically abnormal eggs are higher than for non-smokers.

    Curious how 2nd handsmoke effects fertility??

  5. Since I’ve been on the infertile train for over 6 years, there is very little I haven’t already heard or read. However, I’ve spent some time today researching various recipes that accommodate my new diet in an effort to lose some weight and help reduce effects of insulin resistance. I’ve pretty much convinced myself I’m going to end up with diabetes eventually, so I’m starting a diabetic diet now to hopefully avoid that nightmare later in life.

  6. This is a great idea for NIAW. All my research focus on recurrent miscarrigae has been on problems that could be wrong with ME. So today, I read about sperm and learned that “The proportion of patients with abnormal sperm DNA integrity is higher in couples with spontaneous miscarriage.”

  7. I learned that more than 3 million people in the US have secondary fertility problems — difficulty conceiving a second child after 1 successful pregnancy. That’s an eye-opening fact: I don’t often think about people who already have kids as being affected by infertility. Just because this pregnancy came easily doesn’t guarantee it’ll go smoothly if we decide to have more kids. All the more reason to stay educated about this stuff!

  8. Margaret says:

    I enjoyed an article about the relationship between vegan/vegetarian diets and fertility. I’d be interested to know more about the vegan issue because I had read elsewhere about the benefits of full fat dairy for fertility issues. Interesting stuff.

  9. I was interested in male infertility and oh my gosh, this is outrageous: Retrograde ejaculation is a fairly common condition where semen travels to and is discharged through the bladder rather than ejaculated from the penis.

    That sounds like it hurts.

  10. 43% of women experience some sort of sexual dysfunction. And the most common is hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Truthfully, the only thing that surprises me about this fact is that it’s so widely reported. I’m impressed so many women fess up to it because it can be a bit embarrassing.

  11. Just about everything I know about infertility, I learned from bloggers. But to follow the rules, I went to and read the page about BBT. 🙂

  12. I learned this on another blog today that only about 3% of infertility patients end up having to go through IVF. I didn’t know it was so low!

  13. This was really interesting! I basically knew very little about infertility so I learned a lot. Two things I found the most interesting were that scientists are developing an artificial ovary (not intended for transplanting, but to ripen eggs) and that women should avoid NSAIDS like asprin and Advil when they are trying to conceive. Who knew?

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