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Fewer women seek help for infertility

By Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY

Infertility services are “underutilized,” says Kurt Barnhart, president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in response to federal data showing declines in services use.

Increased awareness about the options hasn’t resulted in increased use of infertility services, according to new federal data. Instead, the numbers show declines for those seeking medical help to get pregnant or to prevent miscarriage.

High costs for some procedures . . . as well as the fact that not all procedures are covered by insurance means that some may not take that first step, Barnhart says. But “not everyone needs expensive or high-tech treatment,” he says. “Maybe simple treatments and advice is all they need. When people don’t come in to get the consult, they don’t know if simple solutions would have helped them.” Click here to read the full article.