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 Sex/Relationships Source Type: news
Authors: Goto A, Tsugawa Y, Fujimori K Abstract BACKGROUND: Little is known about the association between the anxiety toward the effects of radiation on reproduction caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident and the birth rate of people in Fukushima. Therefore, we examined changes and associated factors of future pregnancy intention among mothers in Fukushima Prefecture. METHODS: Using data from three postal surveys among women who registered their pregnancies in the prefecture (N = 6,751 in 2012, N = 6,871 in 2013, and N = 6,725 in 2014), we analyzed the factors associated with women's intention of future pregn...
Source: Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: J Epidemiol Source Type: research
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine condition that represents a lifelong health concern for 1 in 10 women worldwide.1 PCOS is commonly diagnosed by the presence of ovulatory dysfunction, androgen excess, and/or ovaries with polycystic morphology on ultrasound examination.2 Half of patients experience overweight or obesity.3 Most are at increased risk for serious comorbidities, including infertility, pregnancy complications (eg, gestational diabetes mellitus), impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, gynecological cancers, anxiety, depression, eati...
Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
Abstract There has been increasing interest in the psycho-socio-relational and sexual disorders of infertility, as the risk of psychological burden among infertile men with sexual dysfunctions is significant. The purpose of this study was to develop and to validate a predictive model to estimate individual psychological burden among infertile men with sexual dysfunction and study the association between them. Comprehensive data were collected for infertile men (n = 480) who sought treatment for infertility in a reproductive medicine center between June 2012 and December 2013. Using independent predictors of psycho...
Source: Asian Journal of Andrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Asian J Androl Source Type: research
ConclusionThis program was evaluated positively. The AALS, PTGI ‐J, EPDS, and STAI showed significant change after the program and the AALS, PTGI‐J, and STAI‐J showed significant correlations with the CNSS.
Source: Japan Journal of Nursing Science - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
It's completely normal for all IVF patients to be anxious because you don't know how well the cycle is going to grow, whether you're going to grow eggs, how good your quality of embryos is going to be, or whether you're going to get pregnant or not. There's a lot of suspense and uncertainty, and of course this will cause anxiety and stress, and this is fine. Every IVF patient goes through it. After all, no one enjoys going through an IVF cycle. The good news is that the stress will not affect your chances of getting pregnant. It will not affect growth of follicles. It will not affect fertilization. So either way, don't fee...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
We all know what IVF pregnancies are – these are the pregnancies which are a result of an IVF treatment cycle !IVF independent pregnancies are common as well . These are the patients who are waiting to do IVF treatment , and who get pregnant even before they actually do the IVF ! This might seem unusual. After all , if the doctor decided they needed IVF and yet they got pregnant without doing it, doesn't that suggest that the doctor was advising unnecessary treatment? Actually this is not always true. We know that couples with unexplained infertility ( where everything is normal on their tests , and no medi...
Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
For couples dealing with infertility, the cost of fertility treatment can be significant. While numerous variables need to be considered when estimating the cost of treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF), estimates put the price on the order of...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Exclusive Ob/Gyn Reproductive Medicine Source Type: blogs
Abstract OBJECTIVE: To ascertain whether stress biomarker and psychological indices of stress may predict both conception and miscarriage rates in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ ICSI). DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: A university-affiliated tertiary hospital. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: Infertility women who were undergoing fresh or frozen IVF/ICSI cycles. METHODS: Subjects were recruited to (1) completed validated psychological questionnaires (visual analogue scale of stress, state trait anxiety inventory, perceived stress scale, fer...
Source: BJOG : An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: BJOG Source Type: research
Abstract Psychosocial aspects of fertility, infertility, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) can significantly impact patients' sense of self-identity and personal agency, mental well-being, sexual and marital relationships, reproductive efficiency, compliance with treatment, and pregnancy outcomes. Research is needed to understand how stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotropic medications impact fertility and infertility treatment. The psychosocial implications of ART on our society include a shift toward older maternal age at conception, the complexities of third-party reproduction, and...
Source: The Medical Clinics of North America - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am Source Type: research
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