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Revised Definition of Infertility

By Blogger June 25, 2011 - 6:34pm

I have worked in the field of infertility since 2005. I have lived infertility since 1994. Over the years the research and understanding of infertility has changed. It is important for patients to have the most updated information possible.

In 2008, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, www.asrm.org, published "Infertility is a disease, defined by the failure to achieve a successful pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse. Earlier evaluation and treatment may be justified based on medical history and physical findings and is warranted after 6 months for women over age 35 years." The most significant change is that woman over the age of 35 are considered infertile after six months. This makes a huge impact on patient understanding as well as legislative and insurance guidelines.

The U. S. Supreme Court held in 1998 that infertility is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This medical condition is often misunderstood by the public and often untreated due to a lack of health insurance coverage. Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.

The condition is attributed equally between male and female factors. In 2002 the Center for Disease Control estimated 7.3 women and their partners are inflicted with infertility. In 2011, the estimate is now 1 in 5 couples will experience infertility.

Make sure you understand the facts of infertility.

Best wishes,
Davina Fankhauser
Fertility Within Reach

Group Leader

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