Just Released: CDC videos on getting ready for ART

September 16, 2010Carole No Comments »

The CDC just released a series of three short videos and accompanying fact sheets about Preparing for Assisted Reproductive Technology that are definitely worth a look.

“Infertility: Preconception Health” does a very nice job of reviewing some things that women and men can do to optimize their chances that ART procedures will result in a healthy baby for them. The CDC also suggests talking to your other health care providers, like your OB/Gyn or Internist before you start trying to get pregnant and make sure that your underlying health is as good as possible before you invest time, money and your emotions into ART. Also an OB may give you another  perspective on the wisdom of attempting a single embryo transfer compared to your ART provider.

“Infertility: Considering Elective Single Embryo Transfer “concisely puts forth the argument that getting pregnant is NOT the goal of infertility treatment but rather  getting pregnant AND delivering a healthy child is the goal. I appreciate that the video lets parents of multiples speak out about their experiences.

“Infertility: A Tutorial on the ART Report” is a nice overview of the kind of info that the CDC report can provide you when you begin looking for the right ART clinic for you. The CDC reminds us that they don’t rank clinics because there are many variables that go into a clinics success rate. Still, personally, I would love it if the CDC would FLAG  clinics that report results in the lowest 10% of all success rates reported every year- a sort of BAD EGG award. There should be some minimal standard and when clinics achieve a much lower rate than the 25% pregnancy rate expected per natural cycle in fertile people…..they need to close their doors. At the very least, patients shouldn’t subsidize the learning curves of clinics that are not ready for prime time. There are lots of clinics that do outstanding work and can be used as an example of how to do ART well. Poor clinics must swallow their pride and learn from the more successful clinics. If they can’t afford to train their doctors or their techs properly or don’t think on-going education is a priority in their program, IMO, they really shouldn’t be in business. Okay, my rant is over, but geez….

At the bottom of the page you will find helpful links to resources that might come in handy on your ART journey which I shamelessly copied directly from the CDC website:

  • American Fertility Association External Web Site IconThe American Fertility Association (AFA) is a national consumer organization that offers support for men and women dealing with infertility. Their purpose is to educate the public about reproductive disease and support families during struggles with infertility and adoption.
  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association External Web Site IconRESOLVE is a national consumer organization that offers support for men and women dealing with infertility. Their purpose is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.
  • Fertile HopeExternal Web Site Icon Fertile Hope is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
  • American Society for Reproductive MedicineExternal Web Site Icon The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a multidisciplinary organization for the advancement of information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive TechnologyExternal Web Site Icon The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) promotes and advances the standards for the practice of assisted reproductive technology to the benefit of patients, members and society at large.
  • American Urological Association FoundationExternal Web Site Icon The American Urological Association Foundation provides educational services and referrals to benefit patients with male infertility.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Library of MedicineExternal Web Site Icon The National Library of Medicine’s, MedlinePlus, offers information on infertility including drugs and medications, medical terms, and other resources for care, support, and decision making.
  • Clinicaltrials.govExternal Web Site Icon The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains this registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Searching the ClinicalTrials.gov database gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and contact information to obtain more details about clinical trials on infertility and related health problems.

I hope you find this information useful. I think producing these videos was a good use of our tax dollars. Those of you who are veterans of the ART wars may know much of this content already but if you know someone just starting down this difficult road, please send this info on to them so they can get started in the right direction.  Best wishes to everyone for a short ART journey to a healthy child.

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