National Infertility Week!


It seems fitting that National Infertility Week would follow Easter; the holiday of bunnies and eggs.  As we celebrate the renewal and awakening of spring, it is also a time that we often reflect on the struggles that we have endured over the year.  By springtime we are often exhausted from another year of TTC. School starts in September and we think, “Ok, this is the beginning of a new chapter for me, one that includes getting pregnant!”  Then New Years rolls around and we promise to eat better, exercise and start using our Ovacue and Pre-Seed again.  Then before you can even blink, spring creeps up and Mother’s Day is staring us in the face yet again.  It is an exhausting roller coaster ride that many endure year after year.

There is a bright spot in the spring however…… National Infertility Week! As someone who loves to read anything and everything related to fertility, this week is a gold mine for me! The internet is flooded with bloggers and infertility support centers releasing new information, interesting tid-bits and words of support and love that only others who are suffering from infertility can relate to and understand.

One of these interesting tid-bits that I ran across was from Resolve: The National Infertility Association. Resolve looked at the impact of where you lived on the odds of conceiving. They then ranked the states on how fertility friendly they were.  As one would imagine, the states that scored well had many resources and options available to folks.  They offered fertility coverage on insurance, there were plenty of fertility specialists and support groups were accessible and welcoming. 

What they found was that Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts scored the highest in their rankings.  Unfortunately Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming scored a failing grade.  Everyone else ended up somewhere in the middle.

If you want to read more about Resolve’s report card findings, check it out at www.resolve.org.

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