Advances in Treatment are the Focus of Infertility Awareness Week
October 23, 1999
More than six million couples in the United States experience infertility each year. New options to help these couples are the focus of the 11th annual National Infertility Awareness Week, October 17 to 23, being observed by the Strong Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization Center in conjunction with RESOVE, The National Infertility Association.
“We want the public and especially anyone facing infertility to know that it affects millions of families and that there are more options to treat infertility today than ever before,” said Vivian Lewis, M.D., director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital. “There are also more ways to support couples emotionally as they face infertility.
“We find that many couples don’t realize the number of options available to help them achieve pregnancy and the tremendous amount of hope we can offer to couples who dream of having a family but are dealing with infertility,” Lewis added.
Established in 1984, the Strong Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Center has helped many couples have babies and has worked with countless others to cope with the emotional aspects of infertility. Last year alone, the Center cared for over 3,000 patients.
RESOLVE is the oldest and largest infertility patient organization in the world, with chapters across the country, a national help line (617-623-0744) and a web site at www.resolve.org. The organization provides information and support on many aspects of infertility and family building including treatment, medications, adoption and more.
“People who experience infertility often hesitate to get the help they need because they are fearful or embarrassed,” said Diane Aronson, executive director of RESOLVE. “Through National Infertility Awareness Week, we want more people to realize that there is support and information that can help – from RESOLVE, from their local doctors, and from other patients.”
For more information about infertility and treatments, call the Strong Infertility and IVF Center at 275-2491.