During National Infertility Awareness week each April, countless men, women, and children answer the call to raise awareness about this important cause. They walk, raise funds, tweet, post, and share. But infertility awareness shouldn’t just happen one week out of the year. It’s time to spread infertility awareness throughout the year.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with infertility, #HaveAHeart and make 2018 all about raising awareness of this challenging condition. Dr. Ketan Patel of Arizona Associates for Reproductive Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona shares some tips on how to get started.

Share Your Story

Even though infertility is a struggle that millions of couples face, there is still some stigma surrounding an infertility diagnosis. Infertility isn’t anyone’s fault – but many people struggling with it still have feelings of shame. This is made even worse by the fact that although 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility, few ever talk about. One of the best ways to battle the stigma surrounding infertility is to break the silence. Sharing your story, or encouraging someone else to share theirs, helps start conversations that can lead to greater understanding, support, and change.

Learn the Facts

One of the most empowering and helpful things you can do if you’re struggling with infertility is to learn all you can about your reproductive health. Knowing how your body works and the cause of your infertility can you have meaningful discussions with your health care providers, and it enables you to answer questions that may come up as you’re out there raising infertility awareness. If you have any questions for which you can’t find answers, Dr. Ketan Patel of Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health can help.

Get Into the Giving Spirit

Infertility happens more than one week a year, so there’s no reason you have to wait for National Infertility Awareness Week to donate time or money to this meaningful cause. RESOLVE is an organization that works to improve lives and access to care for those trying to build a family. You can show your support by donating your time or money, and encouraging others to do the same. Feel free to get creative and organize a fundraiser where people can get together and have a good time while raising both funds and infertility awareness. Golf tournaments, bourbon tastings, food truck events, or movie nights – there are so many fun ways to get people together, entertain them, and encourage them to give from the heart.

 Raising awareness of infertility is vitally important and helps with everything from research, to support, to legislation. Kick off the New Year right by committing to doing all you can to raise awareness in 2018. Contact Dr. Ketan Patel of Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health at 480-946-9900 for more information on how you can make a difference.