Redefining Infertility: Expanding Access and Support for LGBTQ+ and Single Parents

Redefining Infertility: Expanding Access and Support for LGBTQ+ and Single Parents

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has made a significant shift in the definition of infertility, aiming to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ individuals and single parents. This change is expected to have far-reaching implications:

1. Expanded Access to Fertility Treatments: The new definition allows more people, including LGBTQ+ individuals and single parents, to qualify for insurance coverage for fertility treatments like IVF, IUI, and egg freezing. This could provide substantial financial relief, considering the high costs associated with assisted reproductive technologies.

2. Reduced Stigma and Discrimination: Acknowledging the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ and single parents can lead to reduced stigma and discrimination in society. It emphasizes the importance of respecting diverse family structures.

3. Emotional Support: The redefined infertility acknowledges the additional emotional challenges often encountered by LGBTQ+ individuals and single parents in their journey to parenthood. This could lead to improved emotional support resources and counseling services.

Dr. Barbara Warren of the Mount Sinai Health System highlights that this change mirrors the evolving understanding of family in today’s society and the various paths to parenthood. The ASRM’s decision represents a notable move towards inclusivity and understanding in reproductive medicine, recognizing the diverse aspirations and challenges in family-building beyond traditional norms.

This development has been covered by sources such as CBS News and ASRM itself, shedding light on the broader societal implications and the potential for a more inclusive future in reproductive health care.


CBS News (2022, September 12). This source provided information on the ASRM’s new definition of infertility and its implications for expanding access to insurance-subsidized care. The article can be accessed here: [CBS News Article](

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) (2022). This source offered details on the revised definitions of infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss as outlined by the ASRM. More information can be found on their official website: [ASRM Press Release](

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