Importance of Infertility Awareness

April 3, 2023
Jenny Perzichilli Rodriguez MSTCM, Dipl.OM., L.Ac., FABORM

Based on a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over one million couples in the U.S. who are unable to get pregnant even after a year of trying. This is why World Infertility Awareness Month was created — so people begin to understand the medical condition and find treatments that may help cure underlying fertility issues.

National Infertility Awareness Week®, (NIAW) is a movement, founded in 1989 by the Non-Profit  RESOLVE.

Why orange for awareness?  The color orange promotes a sense of wellness, warmth, and compassion. Studies show that the color orange can help recover from disappointments, a wounded heart, or a blow to one’s pride. In 2010, National Infertility Awareness Week® became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services.

This increased awareness in Fertility issues has lead to more in-depth examination into underlying factors contributing to infertility.  Major studies have been looking into how we can most effectively achieve successful pregnancies.  Traditional Western medicine has begun to very much embrace alternative therapies like acupuncture.  The positive results have become impossible to not acknowledge and Doctors across the country are referring their patients to seek acupuncture therapies.  Some of the most common undercurrents of infertility have been found to be…  

The age of first-time mothers has increased: although the maternal clock may point to a decline in ovarian reserve there is much we can do with to help reverse these signs of aging.  We look at all of the factors influencing the health of the whole woman and can make great strides with regular acupuncture, herbals, supplements and lifestyle recommendations.  

A 2017 study published in Human Reproduction Update found that male fertility in the developed world has declined overall by 52.4% over the past few decades. We see great results working with the male population in our practice. They too benefit from regular acupuncture and supplements and we see this reflected in lab work even after a few regular acupuncture treatments.

The inability to have a second child is more common than many people realize, accounting for around 50% of all infertility cases.

Treatment strategy might range from rebuilding the yin and blood supplies for a depleted mother, moving qi and blood through stagnation surrounding cesarean scar tissue, and re-balancing hormonally after a postpartum return of the menstrual cycle.  

Fertility awareness week this year is taking place April 23-29 2023 and World Wide Fertility Awareness takes place in the month of June.  Fertility issues are not often talked about openly, but with movements like these we are opening up dialogue with the greater community to connect and learn from one another.