jff educational programming

Fertility Clinic Trainings

Loving Someone with Infertility

Loving Someone with Infertility

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JFF trains fertility clinics staff about the special needs of Observant Jewish patients 

Loving Someone with Infertility

Loving Someone with Infertility

Loving Someone with Infertility

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JFF organizes yearly seminars around how to best love someone with infertility for spouses, parents, families and friends 

Pathways to Parenthood

Loving Someone with Infertility

Pathways to Parenthood

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JFF organizes community-based panel events to teach individuals going through infertility about family building options

Mikvah Trainings

Suggested Reading Material

Pathways to Parenthood

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JFF offers infertility sensitivity trainings to Mikvah attendants in each of its locals communities

See Tips for Mikvah Attendants

Clergy Trainings

Suggested Reading Material

Suggested Reading Material

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JFF trains local clergy around infertility sensitivity in each JFF community 

See Tips for Congressional Rabbis

Suggested Reading Material

Suggested Reading Material

Suggested Reading Material

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Check out JFF's suggested reading material for individuals going through infertility, as well as their family and friends

more information on infertiliTy

WHAT IS INFERTILITY

INFERTILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

INFERTILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

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  • Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. 

                   -WHO, ASRM, ACOG 

  • Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth. 

-Resolve.org

  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not require coverage for infertility treatments. Those states with an infertility mandate that covers IVF may have chosen an Essential Health Benefits (EHB) benchmark plan that includes the IVF mandate. 

-Resolve.org

INFERTILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

INFERTILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

INFERTILITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

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  • All three denominations (reform, conservative, and orthodox) will experience age related decline in fertility equally. The age brackets won't vary but diagnosis at presentation likely will.
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and male factor will be most prevalent among the orthodox because of high rates of obesity in the orthodox community and because marriage and attempts at fecundity start earlier than among conservative and reform.
  • Conversely the reform and conservative would be more likely to experience egg related issues as they typically have first attempt at pregnancy older than orthodox women.​​

Treatment options

In Vitro fertilization (IVF)

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

A highly sophisticated, meticulously timed procedure, which involves removing a ripened egg or eggs from the female's ovary, fertilizing it with semen, incubating the dividing cells in a laboratory dish and then replacing the developing embryo in the uterus at the appropriate time. 

– Resolve.org

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

This includes all fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled outside of the body. In general, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman’s body or donating them to another woman. The main type of ART is in vitro fertilization (IVF).

 – CDC.gov

​​Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

This is the placing of sperm into a woman's uterus when she is ovulating.​

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

This is often used for couples with male factor infertility. Sometimes it is also used for older couples or for those with failed IVF attempts. In ICSI, a single sperm is injected into a mature egg as opposed to “conventional” fertilization where the egg and sperm are placed in a petri dish together and the sperm fertilizes an egg on its own.