Consent form developed for infertility therapy

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has developed a comprehensive document for doctors to use when obtaining informed consent from patients seeking infertility treatment.

“This is our compilation of the important elements of informed consent that should be reviewed with patients,” incoming SART president Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg said in an interview with Reuters Health. “It’s designed to be used ‘as is,’ or it can be used by clinics to adjust their own consent forms.”

As presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in San Francisco, the form explains the different options available to patients, including, among others, in vitro fertilization and embryo frozen storage or “cryopreservation.”

“From the standpoint of informed consent I don’t think there is any area of medicine that is more complicated than assisted reproductive technology,” said Ginsburg, a reproductive endocrinologist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It involves not just the risks of treatment, but also potential unknown risk to offspring, since this is a relatively new field.”

The document also goes into ethical, legal, and psychosocial issues of assisted reproductive technology.

The document will be available to SART members at


Related Posts:

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Freezing embryos before undergoing cancer treatment that may cause infertility is as successful for women with cancer as it is for women without cancer, new study findings indicate. The investigators, who presented their findings this week at the 64th annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in

Full Post: Embryo preservation often works for cancer patients

By Jessica Wohl CHICAGO (Reuters) - CVS Caremark Corp said on Monday it is offering discounts of about 30 percent on fertility treatments to couples struggling with infertility and high medication costs. The program is aimed at patients who do not have fertility medication health insurance coverage or who have exhausted their benefits for fertility medications. CVS said

Full Post: CVS offers lower-cost fertility medications

By Joene Hendry NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who survive cancer that occurs early in life appear to be 50 percent less likely to parent a child than their siblings, according to findings from a Finnish population-based study. After parenting one child, however, cancer survivors appear only slightly less likely than their siblings to parent a

Full Post: Parenthood less likely after early-life cancer

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile’s public health system may have failed to notify at least 512 people that they were infected with the HIV virus, Health Minister Alvaro Erazo said Thursday amid a mushrooming AIDS scandal. Appearing before Chile’s Lower House of Congress, Erazo said public health system records could not confirm that some 244 people infected

Full Post: Chile says 512 may be infected in HIV scandal

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with paroxetine (Paxil), which belongs to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressant drugs, increases DNA fragmentation in sperm, according to research presented today at the 64th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Francisco. Although the study did not directly evaluate

Full Post: Antidepressant treatment may reduce male fertility

Site Navigation

Most Read