From a recent press release by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), there comes very good news in the fight to gain access to proper treatment and health care coverage for the millions affected by infertility.
In a recent meeting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual delegation, a resolution by ASRM was adopted to designate infertility as a disease. This resolution follows the World Health Organization (WHO)’s previous designation of the same. ASRM’s resolution was co-sponsored by the following participants: ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists), AUA (American Urological Association), the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
The impact of this resolution can and will be far-reaching. Given that one in 8 couples who are of child-bearing age will struggle to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, the hope is that insurance coverage and payment for fertility care will improve. It also will go a long way toward changing society’s views and stigmas about infertility and how patients seek care and support.
We at Creating a Family are grateful for the work put forth by the above-named parties to meet the needs of those facing the difficult journey of infertility as they seek to build their families.