Thursday, May 24, 2012

CDC Recognizes Infertility as a National Problem

We have another fantastic opportunity! (Don't forget about the Millions against Monsanto Campaign - we have until May 26th - just two days left!)

Until June 15th, 2012, the CDC is asking for public comments on the draft of their National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility.

This is important because the CDC's recommendations carry a lot of weight, and by submitting our comments we have a unique (and limited!) opportunity to influence those recommendations. 

Some interesting quotes from the draft;

"Infertility affects a substantial proportion of reproductive-aged women and men in the United States. Data from CDC’s 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) show that, among the surveyed population representative of married U.S. women 15–44 years of age, an estimated 7.4% of women (and thus their husbands) were affected by infertility"

"Preventing infertility and the adverse consequences associated with its treatment are important concerns, given the goals of CDC, and public health in general, to reduce disease, premature death, injury, and disability in the population through prevention and health promotion."

"Environmental and occupational hazards account for an unknown proportion of infertility but are suspected causes of declining human sperm quality in industrialized countries."

Notice that they are already thinking about things like prevention and environment!

To send the CDC your comment, go to and search for CDC-2012-0004. The first result should be the Plan. Click on Submit Comment and complete the form. If you choose to leave your name it will appear publicly on the site, but that field is optional.

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