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Infertility treatments could become more inclusive, accessible for Californians

Published by Axios. Read the full article.

A new, more expansive definition of “infertility” could bring help to hopeful LGBTQ+ and single parents in California and beyond.

Why it matters: Redefining the condition could lead to broader insurance coverage of fertility services like egg freezing and in vitro fertilization for all people who need help starting families — not just heterosexual couples.

Driving the news: The American Society for Reproductive Medicine redefined infertility to include people who need medical intervention, such as donor eggs or sperm, to achieve pregnancy.

  • It’s no longer limited to when a man and a woman can’t get pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse or intrauterine insemination — or six months for women over 35.
  • The updated language applies to anyone who needs help having children, regardless of relationship status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Between the lines: “There’s been a real issue with getting access to treatment for certain causes of infertility including for single people [and] people in same-sex relationships … so it became clear that we need to explicitly address that,” ASRM spokesperson Sean Tipton told Axios.

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