Infertility Fact: Women experiencing infertility have emotional stress and depression levels equivalent to cancer and cardiac rehabilitation patients (Journal of Pyschosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology).

Infertility Awareness: Infertility is experienced as a deep suffering marked by longing and isolation. Some couples feel they cannot open up to close friends or family members about their struggles because these encounters are marked with invalidating or insensitive remarks, whether intentional or unintentional. Sensitivity to the suffering of infertility is not yet widely accepted in today’s culture.

Action: If you know someone struggling with infertility, pray for them. Seek out opportunities to tell them that you love them and care for them. Always listen and never offer advice or anything other than prayers, unless it is specifically and directly asked of you.