Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

RHO archives : Topics : Infertility


Updated: May 11, 2004

Listed below are useful web resources specific to infertility in low-resource settings.

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Nonprofit organizations

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
ASRM is a professional organization with an international membership, consisting primarily of physicians and other health professionals. Infertility is a major area of interest. ASRM sponsors a journal, meetings, and courses for its members as well as this web site. The web site offers educational materials and services designed for patients, health professionals, and media professionals. It includes the policy statements, minimum standards, and practice guidelines promulgated by ASRM Practice and Ethics Committees.

The June 2001 issue of spotlights the struggle of women unable to bear children in societies that deny such women economic, social, and ritual status. The issue features the work of two social entrepreneurs in India and Zimbabwe who are helping childless women gain status, access to education, reproductive health care, and helping them find ways to support each other while building a greater awareness of these issues through outreach and media programs. They are part of a worldwide movement to redefine reproductive health care delivery programs to include a broader range of women's concerns.

InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)
The most comprehensive of all infertility resources online, INCIID is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing comprehensive and timely information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility over the Internet. While its primary audience is infertile couples, INCIID also provides information of interest to the health professional. It offers detailed fact sheets on specific causes, diagnoses, and treatments of infertility; interactive bulletin boards moderated by medical experts; news about infertility technologies and treatments; an international calendar of infertility seminars, conferences, and meetings; and links to other online infertility resources.

This public education and advocacy group provides support and information to individuals suffering from infertility in the U.S. The site offers advice on deciding whether one is suffering from an infertility problem, selecting an infertility specialist, finding a support group, and locating information online.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO sponsored the largest study on the epidemiology of infertility and has created a standardized approach to the diagnosis of infertile couples. The prevention of infertility is one of the current objectives of WHO's reproductive health program (HRP). The program's focus is on improving the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive tract infections in order to limit the tubal damage and subsequent infertility associated with these infections. Current initiatives by the Technology Development & Assessment component include the development of a simple, inexpensive kit for the diagnosis of gonorrhea and other STIs and research into a vaccine against chlamydia.

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Commercial clinics

Abington Reproductive Medicine
Abington Reproductive Medicine is a private clinic offering comprehensive infertility services to couples in the United States. In this article, one of its physicians reviews current research on a wide variety of environmental and behavioral factors that may reduce female fertility, including nutrition, exercise, stress, pollutants, smoking, and drugs.

The Beach Center
The Beach Center for Infertility, Endocrinology, and IVF is a private clinic offering comprehensive infertility services to couples in the United States. Its web site describes the various medical and surgical procedures used to diagnose and treat infertility, including assisted reproduction techniques.

Billings Family Life Centre
The Billings Family Life Centre is an Australian-based organization that disseminates the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning to couples around the world.Information on this site describes how couples having difficulty in conceiving can use the Billings Method to recognize when a woman is fertile and thus maximize the chances of conception. The site includes the names and addresses of its many international affiliates.

Fertility Center of New England, Inc .
The Fertility Center of New England is a private clinic offering comprehensive infertility services to couples in the United States. Their web site offers an overview of the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of both male and female infertility, with a focus on assisted reproductive technology.

Infertility Friends
Infertility Friends is an Indian-based support group for infertility. This clinic-sponsored support group is run by infertile couples and provides a forum for couples to share their experiences and gain support. The website offers general infertility information, answers to frequently asked questions, and provides descriptions of clinic services—Georgia Reproductive Specialists
This site is maintained by Georgia Reproductive Specialists, a private clinic offering comprehensive infertility services to couples in the United States.The site offers a huge amount of information about the diagnosis and treatment of infertility in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, including the book Miracle Babies Online by Mark Perloe.Topics covered include ovulation and hormonal disorders, male factor infertility, reproductive surgery and tubal infertility, advanced reproductive technologies, miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss, and adoption. There is also a multimedia image gallery with videos of surgical techniques and photos of both normal and abnormal pelvic anatomy, as well as a glossary and links to chat rooms, organizations, and journals.

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FertiNet disseminates information about assisted fertilization techniques to both patients and professionals. The general section includes extensive information on the causes and treatment of infertility and lists infertility groups and sources of treatment in more than four dozen countries around the world, including many developing nations. The scientific section includes monthly issues of Ferti magazine, lists conferences, summarizes research news, and provides product information.

Internet Health Resources Company
The Internet Health Resources web site provides a wide variety of information on infertility for both infertile couples and health care professionals. Resources for professionals include access to newsletters and journals, companies that supply infertility clinics, upcoming conferences and seminars, research and treatment information, and subject matter experts. The site also carries educational articles on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility as well as financial, legal, psychological, and social issues. It includes links to service providers and other resources.

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)
NOAH is an bilingual health information site (available in English and Spanish) mounted by the City University of New York, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Public Library. Its goal is to offer consumers accurate, timely, relevant, and unbiased health information assembled from a variety of reputable sources. NOAH has a large section on fertility and infertility, with many links to other sites on the web.

World Wide Infertility Network (WIN)
The goal of WIN is to stimulate the dissemination of infertility information among professionals, researchers, and patients. WIN offers background information on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility, information on infertility resources in countries in Europe and elsewhere around the world, access to European journals on reproductive health, and recent news on infertility treatments and technology.

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