Organization dispels common myths surrounding infertility

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(CNN) – It’s National Infertility Awareness week, and one organization wants to dispel the common myths surrounding infertility.

Barbara Collura, the president and CEO of Resolve, the National Infertility Association, wants to help take away the shame that some feel when they talk about their struggle to have a child.  

According to the national institutes of health 11 percent of women of reproductive age have experienced fertility issues, which leads to the first myth.

“I think the biggest one is that we hear is that it’s just a woman’s issue. When in fact infertility affects men,” Collura said. 

It actually affects 9 percent of men, according to the NIH.

Infertility is often diagnosed after a couple hasn’t been able to get pregnant following 12 months or more of unprotected sex, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For women 35 years or older, that number is reduced to six months. It can also describe women who have suffered multiple miscarriages.

Another myth about infertility is that it only affects older women.

“Our core constituency are women under the age of 35,” said Collura. “Many women under the age of 30 are having trouble conceiving.”

Another myth about infertility is that one’s lifestyle is the cause of it. 

“There are many causes to infertility, and I think that’s really unfair to assume it’s something that we’ve done or this is a lifestyle choice,” Collura said. 

Finally, Collura wants people going through infertility to know there is hope, and they’re not alone.

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