ASRM Redefines ‘Infertility’ Ensuring Inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ Couples
New Definition Seeks to Equalize Reproductive Medicine Access for All
In a recent announcement that signifies progress and inclusivity, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Practice Committee has expanded the definition of ‘infertility’ to encompass LGBTQIA+ couples.
This momentous update seeks to prevent health insurance providers from withholding medical coverage for individuals who require medical intervention to conceive.
The past definition, which classified ‘infertility’ as an inability to become pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse or after undergoing therapeutic donor insemination for women under 35 (or within six months for those above 35), was largely tailored for heterosexual couples. These specific treatment parameters remain unchanged for heterosexual couples aiming to conceive.
However, the revised definition now stipulates: “Infertility is a disease, condition, or status” relevant to any individual necessitating “medical intervention, which might encompass the utilization of donor gametes or donor embryos.” It also considers the inability to “achieve a successful pregnancy based on a patient’s medical, sexual, and reproductive history, age, physical findings, and diagnostic testing.”
Jared Robins, the ASRM’s CEO, conveyed the organization’s dedication to equal opportunities in reproductive medicine, emphasizing that the new definition is more comprehensive. He elaborated, “This updated definition ensures that all individuals, irrespective of their marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, are entitled to equal access to reproductive care.”
Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, a reproductive endocrinologist, also voiced her support, pointing out that the revision would aid potential parents in securing fertility treatments via their insurance. Speaking to CNN, she said, “This enhancement not only fosters clarity but also aids in diminishing the stigma typically linked to fertility issues.”
She further mentioned the significant impact the definition has on both fertility doctors and patients, expressing her enthusiasm for this pivotal change.
In the coming days, this refined definition is set to be published, as confirmed by the ASRM.