Infertility = Disease

On November 30  2009 – the World Health Organization stepped forward to declare for the very first time that infertility is a disease.

Here’s the press release headline, and an excerpt:

WHO Releases Glossary of Terminology in Assisted Reproduction, Defines Infertility as a Disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies released a new international glossary of ART terminology. Appearing simultaneously in the journals Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction, the glossary is an important step towards developing common nomenclature and understanding in assisted reproduction.

Significantly the glossary defines infertility itself as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”

Now that the information is out, we need to start treating it as one.


It is not a disease that people can see your suffering.  It is classified in the same category with plastic surgery… a want not a need! It is not a life threatening disease, but it does threaten your way of life!

It is not a disease that people understand or see the symptoms. It comes with so much more than the inability to bear a child. Depression, feeling of loss or being inadequate.