Online Program

Time for Public Health Action on Infertility: An Overview of Infertility-Related Activities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lee Warner, PhD, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Dmitry Kissin, MD, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Anjani Chandra, PhD, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Gail Bolan, MD, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Richard Wang, MD, CDC, atlanta, GA
Steven Schrader, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cincinnati, OH
Violanda Grigorescu, MD, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Lisa Richardson, MD, CDC, Atlanta, GA
INTRODUCTION: Infertility affects a substantial proportion of reproductive-aged women and men in the United States, and the World Health Organization and American Society for Reproductive Medicine recognize infertility as a disease.   Infertility is increasingly recognized as a public health issue.  In response, CDC released the "National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility."

OBJECTIVES/METHODS: Describe the action plan and agency efforts to address infertility. Examples from different CDC surveillance systems and surveys will be provided.

RESULTS: The plan represents the first major CDC effort to consider infertility from a public health perspective, highlighting the need to better understand at a population level issues contributing to or caused by infertility. Overall goals include promoting healthy behaviors to maintain and preserve fertility; promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions that threaten fertility; and reducing exposures to environmental, occupational, and infectious agents that affect fertility.  These strategies should ensure access to safe use of fertility treatments. Several CDC population−based surveillance systems and surveys can be used to examine infertility including the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), National ART Surveillance System (NASS), National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).

CONCLUSIONS: The National Public Health Action plan provides a framework for collaboration regarding the detection, prevention, and management of infertility in the United States.  Data sources available from CDC can be used to monitor trends and risk factors for infertility.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe CDC's National Public Health Action Plan for Infertility and ongoing agency efforts to address infertility.

Keyword(s): Reproductive Health, Chronic Disease Management and Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Lee Warner is Associate Director for Science for the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his 25 year career, Dr. Warner has published numerous articles related to reproductive health, including contraception, adolescent pregnancy, HIV prevention interventions, and infertility. Most recently, he spearheaded the release of CDC’s National Public Health Action Plan for Infertility Detection, Prevention, and Treatment to highlight infertility as a public health issue.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.