The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has expanded the definition of infertility.

ROCKVILLE, MD — Shady Grove Fertility (SGF), a national leader in fertility and family-building care, applauds the new and expanded definition of infertility recently issued by the Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

“Providing high quality, accessible patient care is our number one priority at SGF – we want everyone who walks through our doors to feel immediately safe and welcome,” shares Lauren Roth, M.D., who serves patients at SGF’s Rockville and Frederick, Maryland, locations. “ASRM’s decision to expand the definition of infertility is significant because it reinforces our SGF core values of providing equal access to comprehensive and compassionate reproductive care.”

The new definition classifies infertility as a disease, condition, or status characterized by any of the following:

  • The inability to achieve a successful pregnancy based on a patient’s medical, sexual, and reproductive history, age, physical findings, diagnostic testing, or any combination of those factors.
  • 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.
  • In patients having regular, unprotected intercourse and without any known etiology for either partner suggestive of impaired reproductive ability, evaluation should be initiated at 12 months when the female partner is under 35 years of age and at six months when the female partner is 35 years of age or older. 

“SGF was built of a foundation of individualized care, which includes a commitment to inclusion of all patients, regardless of their race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” shares Benjamin S. Harris, who serves patients at SGF’s Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, locations. “As we look to the future of reproductive medicine and how we provide more equitable access to services, I commend ASRM for more broadly defining the diagnosis of infertility and helping patients feel safe and secure in seeking help with their family-building journeys.”

SGF Richmond is committed to helping patients alleviate the cost of fertility treatments, offering a new, innovative discount program to eligible patients. IVF Advantage provides individuals and families earning up to $150,000 the ability to access a significant discount on treatment, allowing more Virginia patients to receive family-building care. Additionally, SGF offers a variety of different treatment discounts, including the Shared Risk 100% refund guarantee, medication programs, and financing options, all of which are designed to improve access to fertility care for all patients.

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF)
SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 100,000 babies born from 30+ years of continuous innovation and patient-centered fertility care. With convenient locations throughout the U.S. and in Santiago, Chile, SGF accepts most insurance plans and makes fertility treatment accessible and affordable through innovative financial solutions, including 100% refund guarantees for eligible patients. SGF is a proud partner practice of US Fertility, the largest physician-owned and physician-led partnership of top-tier fertility practices nationally. Call 1-888-761-1967 to schedule a new patient appointment or visit for more information.