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Updated Definition Of Infertility Finally Includes LGBTQ+ & Single People

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The official definition of infertility has finally been expanded to include LGBTQ+ and single people. After years of infertility being defined as a heterosexual couple who have been unable to conceive after a year of having unprotected intercourse, this new definition has broadened that spectrum.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) updated its official definition of infertility last week to be a “disease, condition, or status” to be characterized by “the need for medical intervention, including, but not limited to, the use of donor gametes or donor embryos in order to achieve a successful pregnancy either as an individual or with a partner.” This new definition is expected to make it easier for LGBTQ+ and single people to access reproductive assistance through their health insurance programs, as some insurance providers rely on the ASRM’s definition for approval.

“This revised definition reflects that all persons, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, deserve equal access to reproductive medicine,” Dr. Jared Robins, ASRM’s CEO, said in a statement. “This inclusive definition helps ensure that anyone seeking to build a family has equitable access to infertility treatment and care.”

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