Shady Grove Fertility’s Dr. Eric Levens and the ASRM Lead Resolution for AMA to Back Global Health Experts in Calling Infertility a Disease

Eric Levens, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Annandale, VA, office

Infertility impacts 15 percent of couples of childbearing age from conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.

Shady Grove Fertility physician, Dr. Eric Levens, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine lead efforts to have the American Medical Association House of Delegates adopt a resolution to designate infertility as a disease.

Experts from leading health organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have designated infertility a disease, and as of the recent 2017 AMA Annual Meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) agrees.

Infertility impacts 15 percent of couples of childbearing age from conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. Eric D. Levens, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Annandale, VA location, sees patients every day who suffer through the often invisible pains of infertility. This motivated him to write the resolution, gain support from co-sponsors including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American Urology Association (AUA), and testify on behalf of ASRM before the AMA House of Delegates.

It is expected this new designation will have a wide-reaching impact on a patient’s ability to receive the medical care needed to treat infertility as well as receive insurance coverage for that care. Currently only fifteen states–including Maryland and New Jersey–mandate insurance coverage for infertility treatment, but the scope of coverage can vary greatly based on state, insurance company, and individual plans.

“My hope is that with greater access to the necessary health care, patients are able to make better decisions…

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