Fertility Matters Canada (FMC) grew out of a volunteer group in Ottawa called the Infertility Self Support Group (ISSG), which began in 1983. Today, FMC is a national charitable organization, providing information, education, and support to individuals and couples who are struggling to build their family or who need to access fertility care. Infertility is a the reproductive health disease that affects 1 in 6 Canadians.
FMC exists today to meet needs that may go unaddressed in the course of medical treatment, to reach out to those who may not be aware of the treatment options available, and to raise public awareness of (in)fertility and the difficulty for some to access treatment. At FMC, we reach out to provide help on many levels. Front line assistance is a key part of FMC’s mission.
In 2007, FMC launched Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (CIAW), to raise awareness and hope in the community. You can find out more by visiting www.ciaw.ca