In celebration of National Fertility Awareness Week 2018, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) calls on EU Commission to promote awareness of those that struggle with infertility.
17th of July 2018—National Fertility Awareness week is held from the 17th to the 24th of July annually to raise awareness of the growing issue of infertility. In recognition of the fourth #NFAW2018, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) calls for increased awareness on the impact of infertility on both couples and society.
Infertility is a common issue that affects men and women alike. Worldwide, about 10% of women and 9% of men of reproductive age struggle with infertility.1 At least 50 million couples globally experience infertility.2 Infertility is common, but stigma surrounds it, which is more disproportionately placed on women.
Many women feel judged and blamed when a couple struggles with infertility, often leading women to feel isolated and shamed. Infertility can adversely impact relationships. As a result, we must raise awareness and support those grappling with infertility. Those struggling with fertility must be supported and be presented with all their options.3
Efforts must be made in order to decrease the stigma around infertility and to support those struggling with it. More research needs to be conducted into causes and equitable, effective and efficient treatments of infertility. During #NFAW2018, the European Institute of Women’s Health calls on key stakeholders and citizens of Europe to work together to reduce the stigma surrounding infertility, particularly for women struggling with it.
For more information, please visit:
- European Institute of Women’s Health website: https://eurohealth.ie/
- WHO Infertility Information: http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/infertility/en/
- Stockholm University on EU Policies and Fertility: https://www.su.se/polopoly_fs/1.337917.1498551575!/menu/standard/file/WP_2017_01.pdf
- WHO Europe on Low Fertility: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/73954/EN63.pdf
About the EIWH
Founded in 1996, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses an evidence-based to advocate for an equitable, sex- and gender-sensitive approach in health policy, research, promotion, treatment and care. The Institute promotes biomedical and socio-economic research that addresses sex and gender-based differences to ensure access to quality treatment and care for women across their lifespan. The EIWH strives to reduce inequities by drawing policymaker’s attention to the obstacles that women in minority, migrant, refugee and socio-economic disadvantaged groups face. The Institute’s activities work to empower individuals to play an active part in their own health management.
1 Agarwal, Ashok, Aditi Mulgund, Alaa Hamada, and Michelle Renee Chyatte. “A Unique View on Male Infertility around the Globe.” Advances in Pediatrics. 2015. Accessed July 17, 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4424520/.; “Infertility Is a Global Public Health Issue.” World Health Organization. November 28, 2014. Accessed July 17, 2018.
2 Condon, Deborah. “1 in 6 Affected by Fertility Issues.” Irish Health. September 26, 2014. Accessed July 17, 2018. http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=24066.; Hodin, Sarah. “The Burden of Infertility: Global Prevalence and Women’s Voices from Around the World.” Maternal Health Task Force. January 18, 2017. Accessed July 17, 2018. https://www.mhtf.org/2017/01/18/the-burden-of-infertility-global-prevalence-and-womens-voices-from-around-the-world/.
3Hodin, Sarah. “The Burden of Infertility: Global Prevalence and Women’s Voices from Around the World.” Par. 4.