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The Official Definition of Infertility Is Changing. Here's Why That Matters

February 17, 2017
eIVF Network

Article by Julia Naftulin about the World Health Organization and the new definition of infertility provided by Health.com. The World Health Organization wants to redefine "infertility" so it's not just a medical condition, the Telegraph reports.

The World Health Organization currently describes infertility as "a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse." But under the new revision, a person who wants to become a parent doesn't have to be in a sexual relationship--or one that could lead to a pregnancy--to qualify as "infertile."

David Adamson, MD, one of the authors of the new guidelines, told the Telegraph the change is designed to reflect "the rights of all individuals to have a family, and that includes single men, single women, gay men, gay women." The new wording is so meaningful because it could lead to policy changes around the world--specifically, greater access to fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization. There's no doubt the World Health Organization will receive backlash for the controversial move. But this new definition of infertility has the potential to become a great equalizer of reproductive rights: "It fundamentally alters who should be [classified as infertile] and who should have access to healthcare," said Dr. Adamson. "It sets an international legal standard." According to the Telegraph, the revision (which as not yet been publicly announced by theWorld Health Organization) will be sent to health ministers next year. More Articles on Infertility News: Women With Early Periods At Increased Risk Of Early Or Premature Menopause

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