INFERTILITY: Couples Resort ‘Prematurely’ to Surgery, Treatments
Twenty percent of all couples unnecessarily seek treatment for infertility and resort prematurely to fertility technologies such as in vitro fertilization because they do not fully understand the reproductive cycle, Reuters Health reports. A study by the World Congress on Fertility and Sterility reveals that many of the 6.1 American million men and women affected by infertility "jump the gun" by seeking fertility treatments when in fact they are "simply not getting pregnant because they do not time intercourse correctly." To address the issue, the American Infertility Association has published a new set of guidelines to inform women about their body's monthly fertile period. AIA Executive Director Pamela Madsen reported that many women should learn to recognize their ovulation periods and realize that age decreases a woman's chance of becoming pregnant. "Our motive is to increase awareness (about infertility)," she said, adding, (Òôhdy8}"½ØæxÀ½This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.