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25 Million U.S. Women Lack Easy Access To Infertility Clinics

A whopping 25 million women in America lack easy access to clinics that specialize in infertility treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility this week.  That means roughly 40 percent of women of reproductive age in this country live in an area with one assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinic ― or none at all. And yet infertility issues are common. One in eight couples in the U.S. experience them, one of study’s authors, Chithra Perumalswami, M.D., M.Sc., said in a news release. “Modern ART services are important for everyone to have access to if they need them, but this study shows how unevenly distributed they are,” Perumalswami said. “The situation is complicated by the fact that only 15 states have mandated some form of insurance coverage for fertility issues, and they all use varying definitions for what is covered.” The study’s authors acknowledged that some services related to getting pregnant are offered by a woman’s gynecologist. However, more advanced procedures like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) require seeing a specialist at an ART clinic.  Researchers compared data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with 2010 census data. They found that 18.2 million women between the ages of 20 to 49 years old live in metropolitan areas with zero ART providers. The other 6.8 million women live in areas where there is only one ART provider to access, and there...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime Reproductive Health Source Type: news
ConclusionInfertile couples may benefit from psychiatric evaluation and treatment of both partners. This article investigates the connection between stress, anxiety and depression and IVF failure in infertile couples and identifies underlying cytokine pathways.
Source: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
Most patients are understandably wary about signing up for any surgical treatment options which a doctor offers, because they understand that these treatments can be expensive and can have side effects. This is why they take a long time before providing consent for any invasive treatment. Unfortunately, they don't utilize the same skepticism when the doctor advises a panel of tests.It is this unwillingness to question the need for tests which causes so many problems today. The fact of the matter is that too many doctors these days order too many tests. A lot of these tests are unnecessary, because they don't provide a...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsFP for oncology patients is a positive strategy. The women in this study felt that FP was a worthwhile process and that the security of having undergone FP brought them peace during oncological treatment and contributed to their quality of life.
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractSTUDY QUESTIONIs adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) associated with better IVF performance in women attempting fertility?SUMMARY ANSWERGreater adherence to the MedDiet, defined using the validated Mediterranean diet score (MedDietScore), was associated with a higher likelihood of achieving clinical pregnancy and live birth among non-obese women
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
Being infertile is bad enough, and an IVF cycle is stressful because you are never sure whether it's going to work or not. Not only is the uncertainty difficult to handle, the fact that it's so expensive just adds to your anxiety. While we can't reduce the uncertainty which plagues IVF , the tragedy is that IVF doctors often add insult to injury , by making the treatment unnecessarily stressful .For one thing, they subject patients to lots of useless tests, which are completely unnecessary , because they don't change the treatment options we can offer to patients. They justify these by doing it under the garb of being &quo...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
Conclusion Anxiety about getting pregnant, especially at older ages, is common, and women may feel pressured into taking so-called fertility "MOT" tests to see whether they've left it too late. But the results of this study strongly suggest that these tests don't predict how easily or quickly a woman will be able to get pregnant. Some women may use the tests to find out whether they can delay pregnancy, and take a result showing a high ovarian reserve to mean that they have plenty of time to get pregnant. But the tests only give a snapshot of ovarian reserve at one point in time – they don't tell you how qu...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Authors: Toosi M, Akbarzadeh M, Ghaemi Z Abstract OBJECTIVES: Infertility is one of the main stressful events of life and a crisis affecting various dimensions of infertile couples' lives. Relaxation, as a strategy, can be effective in the individuals' resistance to stress and anxiety. Therefore, the present study aimed to assess the effect of relaxation on mother's anxiety and maternal-fetal attachment in primiparous women who used In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to get pregnant. METHODS: In this clinical trial, 80 primiparous women who had used IVF to get pregnant were randomly divided into a control and an...
Source: Journal of the National Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Natl Med Assoc Source Type: research
Authors: Salih Joelsson L, Tydén T, Wanggren K, Georgakis MK, Stern J, Berglund A, Skalkidou A Abstract BACKGROUND: Infertility has been associated with psychological distress, but whether these symptoms persist after achieving pregnancy via assisted reproductive technology (ART) remains unclear. We compared the prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms between women seeking for infertility treatment and women who conceived after ART or naturally. METHODS: Four hundred and sixty-eight sub-fertile non-pregnant women, 2972 naturally pregnant women and 143 women pregnant after ART completed a questionna...
Source: Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study included women between the ages of 16 and 45 with a first pregnancy terminated by spontaneous abortion between January 2007 and December 2015 (index date). These women were followed in 262 gynecological practices. Women with a spontaneous abortion were matched (1:1) with pregnant women without spontaneous abortion by age, index year, diagnosis of female infertility prior to the index date, procreative management prior to the index date, and physician.
Source: Psychiatry Research - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
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