If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it. Does it make a sound? An even better question is if you have a disease and not even your closest relatives can’t witness your pain and suffering, do you really have a disease? For Millions of women, that answer is a resounding yes. Hard to believe that in 2017 we still haven’t accepted the fact that Infertility is a disease. The same way that Cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s and Alcoholism are diseases, and the only way to manage the disease is through an effective treatment regimen, either from a board certified Infertility Specialist, or in some cases, a clean diet. Infertility is the ultimate Silent Disease, as it doesn’t present as some of the “better-known” diseases. However, the results can be no less,  devastating.

Recently, the talented actress, Gabrielle Union, made a courageous decision to reveal her struggles with Infertility. She recounted the day to day disappointments that she endured for more than 3 years, the heart-wrenching “8 or 9 miscarriages”, and the physical and emotional pain she experienced. Her story, as tragic as it may be, is not an unfamiliar one to many women who suffer from infertility. In Every corner of the globe, women go through similar hardships and are ostracized, shunned, and shamed for having a disease that disallows the joy and magic that is childbirth.  I read the replies to the tweet in response to  Gabrielle Union’s article and could not believe the attacks and uninformed advice that people were giving. “…Maybe God is trying to tell you something!” “…Everyone isn’t meant to have children.” “…Why don’t you just adopt, there’s plenty of kids that need a good home.” and my favorite, “…Stop trying, just let it happen!”  Have we, as a society, gone to that dark place that enables a dearth of compassion and empathy for those who are afflicted with a dreaded disease? Can you imagine if it was socially acceptable to berate someone who was diagnosed with Cancer? “…Maybe it’s God’s will for you to have Cancer.” “…Youre too old to have breast anyway” “…Why don’t you just be happy that you’re alive!” These responses are highly inappropriate and anyone who would publically state anything remotely close to the aforementioned comments on any platform, including comedy and satire,  would be condemned in the court of public opinion and the consensus would be that the person, “went too far”. Even the “non-tradtional” diseases like Alcoholism and drug addiction, are considered menaces to our society and millions of dollars are pumped into public relations, research, and resources to bring awareness and aid in the management and eradication of the disease. Yet for infertility, there is a general sense of apathy and non-concern. The World Health Organization has gone on-record, establishing Infertility as a public health issue. The CDC asserts that infertility is one of the fastest growing triggers of Depression in Women. So what’s with the apathetic attitude toward infertility? I simply can not tell you. I literally dont know. However, I can share some information and try to bring a little awareness.

4 Things Everyone should know About Infertility:

  1. Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after a minimum of  1 year of unprotected, “regular” sex.
  2. Infertility is NOT always the woman’s fault. In about 35% of couples suffering from infertility, a male factor is identified along with the female factor. In about 8% of couples suffering from infertility, a male factor is the only identifiable case.
  3. Women need functioning ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus to get pregnant.  Any condition affecting any one of these organs can contribute to female infertility. Fibroids, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS) and Endometriosis are just a common few.
  4. A woman’s fertility is known to decline due to several factors.
    • Age. 20% of women in the US decide to have their first child after the age of 35.
    • Smoking
    • Excessive Alcohol use
    • Extreme weight gain or loss
    • Excessive physical or emotional stress that results in amenorrhea(absent periods)

There it is. I encourage you to do your own independent research. Learn how to empathize with someone who suffers from this debilitating disease.  Count your blessings if you’ve been fortunate to have children and If you have read this and cant understand, know this….IT’S A DISEASE, STUPID!

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