WINNIPEG — There are thousands of Canadians that want to have children, but struggle to conceive. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week which recognizes the challenges that many people face when it comes to starting a family. It’s an issue that is not often discussed, but has a huge affect mentally and emotionally on many Canadians.
“I think it was my third miscarriage through IVF, and getting the subsequent transfers that I decided I had to reach out for help,” said Kathleen Boht. “It was just getting to the point of depression honestly.”
Boht has since had two children through in vitro fertilization. She said the journey has been challenging both mentally and financially, but worth it to achieve her dream of having a family.
“The second time it happened and I found out it was viable it was a total relief,” said Boht. “I know that’s what a lot of people feel; total relief, pure joy.”
According to the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada, one in six Canadian couples are affected by infertility. Despite these numbers, many people still feel there is a stigma attached to it.
“A lot of people don’t consider it a medical issue, and a lot of people don’t like talking about it,” said Paula Chorney at the Infertility Association of Canada.
Using the hashtag #1in6, to represent the number of Canadian families struggling with the same issue, the association is sharing stories of couples who have undergone treatment. They want them to know that help is available.
“We’re just breaking the silence about infertility and sharing their stories is a good way of doing it,” said Chorney.