Fertility is not a dirty word
Most women think about their fertility and reproductive health, but few talk about their plans or fears with their families and friends, or even their doctors. There's no question: the decision of if, when, and how to have kids is personal.
When the personal remains private, we give power to the shame that’s kept women silent about their bodies for way too long.
Pledge to #SaytheFWord in 2018, because no conversation means no information, and when it comes to having the future you want, information just might be everything.
It's time to break the silence
Two thirds of millennial women worry about their ability to have children, but most keep those concerns to themselves.
While miscarriage is common, almost half of women who experience them never tell their friends, and one in five don’t even tell their partners.
One in eight women have difficulty getting pregnant, but three quarters of those who seek treatment don’t tell those closest to them.
The result? No matter what choice a woman makes, she’s likely to feel alone. When we #SaytheFword together, we can empower an entire generation to pursue the futures they deserve, on their own terms.
These women have joined the #SaytheFWord movement to break taboos and increase awareness of women's reproductive health. Listen to their stories, then share your own on social media using #SaytheFword.
When you #SaytheFword, you empower yourself to plan for the future with your body in mind.
#SaytheFword to your family, and you might learn about health history that could inform how you think about your future.
Say it to your friends, and you’ll make clear that when it comes to making life-defining decisions, there’s no room for shame.
Say it to your doctor, and you’ll be opening the door to learning more about your body, which will better prepare you to build the future you want.
Not afraid to #SaytheFword
Check out some of our favorite blogs and podcasts.
IVFMLPodcast- Frank, humorous discussions on infertility, miscarriage, and IVF
Stuff Mom Never Told You Podcast- A rundown of the challenges women face with solutions to further their lives, careers, and activism
PCOS Diva Podcast- Resources, guidance, and support to help women take control of their PCOS
Gay Parenting Voices Blog- News and resources for the LGBT community in regards to becoming parents & gay families
Endometriosis Foundation of America Blog- News and events for women diagnosed with endometriosis
Egg Whisperer Show- A weekly live online show for women to learn more about their fertility, egg freezing, and the family building process
If these Ovaries Could Talk Podcast - A podcast about non-traditional families and how to navigate having children in world designed for straight people
Beat Infertility - A weekly podcast that gets real about infertility and aims to empower you to take back control and provide you with hope for the future
These organizations work each day to encourage conversations and action around fertility and reproductive health. Make a direct donation through the links below.