A Public Health Focus on Infertility Prevention, Detection, and Management
Wright-Schnapp, Tracie J.
Satterwhite, Catherine L.
Berman, Stuart M.
Wang, Richard Y.
Farr, Sherry L.
Pollack, Lori A.
Fertility and Sterility 2010 January; 93(1): 16.e1-e10
In 2002, 2 million American women of reproductive age were infertile. Infertility is also common among men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts surveillance and research on the causes of infertility, monitors the safety and efficacy of infertility treatment, and sponsors national prevention programs. A CDC-wide working group found that, despite this effort, considerable gaps and opportunities exist in surveillance, research, communication, and program and policy development. We intend to consult with other federal agencies, professional and consumer organizations, the scientific community, the health care community, industry, and other stakeholders, and participate in the development of a national public health plan for the prevention, detection, and management of infertility.
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