Clinician Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care

Infertility is increasingly common in the United States, with nearly 1 in 8 couples having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancy. While infertility is found to be due to male factors as often as female factors, women tend to bear a greater burden in infertility treatment and care management. Navigating fertility treatment can be complex, with significant emotional, physical, and financial stressors.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) has created resources guides for patients and providers to increase awareness and quality of fertility health care.

The Clinician Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care was created to assist health care providers as they work with patients, women, and families to navigate their fertility options, from family planning to evaluating and treating infertility using a shared decision-making approach

As part of SWHR’s Fertility Program, this guide was co-released with the Women’s Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care.

Both guides build on SWHR’s Fertility Roundtable held in September 2021 and will be discussed during SWHR’s upcoming event: The Fertility Journey: Understanding Options and Navigating Care on March 18, 2022.

DOWNLOAD THE CLINICIAN GUIDE TO FERTILITY HEALTH CARE

Infertility is increasingly common in the United States, with nearly 1 in 8 couples having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancy. While infertility is found to be due to male factors as often as female factors, women tend to bear a greater burden in infertility treatment and care management. Navigating fertility treatment can be complex, with significant emotional, physical, and financial stressors.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) has created resources guides for patients and providers to increase awareness and quality of fertility health care.

The Clinician Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care was created to assist health care providers as they work with patients, women, and families to navigate their fertility options, from family planning to evaluating and treating infertility using a shared decision-making approach

As part of SWHR’s Fertility Program, this guide was co-released with the Women’s Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care.

Both guides build on SWHR’s Fertility Roundtable held in September 2021 and will be discussed during SWHR’s upcoming event: The Fertility Journey: Understanding Options and Navigating Care on March 18, 2022.

DOWNLOAD THE CLINICIAN GUIDE TO FERTILITY HEALTH CARE

What’s in the Guide?

You can access the entire Clinician Guide to Fertility Health Care above or download these individual guide pieces:

The guide is a project of SWHR’s Fertility Program, established in 2021 to address barriers to access and reduce health disparities related to treatments for infertility in women. The Program engages patients and patient advocates, clinicians and fertility specialists, researchers, and health care decision-makers around the burden of female infertility and promotes science-based health care policies and education to improve patient outcomes.

Check Out More Fertility Resources

Event
How Hormones Can Tell a Fertility Story
In the United States, there are more than 100 diagnostic tests and procedures available for detecting diseases and monitoring their progression. Diagnostic tools are also used to guide treatments and evaluate their effectiveness. Some tests are invasive, such as a biopsy or endoscopy; whereas others are noninvasive, such as x-rays and ultrasound imaging procedures. Innovations... Read more »
June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Event
The Fertility Journey: Understanding Options and Navigating Care
Infertility—defined as the inability to conceive after 1 year of regular, unprotected sex—is increasingly common in the United States. Nearly 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancy. While infertility occurs equally in men and women, women tend to bear a disproportionate focus and burden in treatment and management. Treatment options... Read more »
March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Blog Post
Fertility Health Care Guides Offer Guidance for Patients and Providers Alike
By Monica Lefton, SWHR Communications Manager.     With nearly 1 in 8 couples having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancy, infertility in the United States is not uncommon; conversations about fertility should not be uncommon either.  Conversations about fertility are usually initiated only when an individual reaches the age where fertility begins to naturally decline... Read more »

Sponsor

SWHR’s Fertility Program is supported by an educational sponsorship from Guerbet. SWHR maintains editorial control and independence over educational content.

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