The Center for Fertility Research and Education conducts targeted research and develops educational initiatives to close the gap in knowledge about fertility and fertility preservation in the United States.

We conduct high-quality research that enhances understanding of fertility awareness and decline, and advances treatments and outcomes in the field of fertility preservation. We aim to establish evidence-based practice guidelines for counseling women of reproductive age about fertility decline and generate best practices for the clinical treatment of fertility preservation. Finally, we seek to promote public awareness of factors affecting female fertility and options related to fertility preservation through high-quality public and professional education and training initiatives.

CFRE will fill a research gap in three distinct areas:

  • Identifying the factors that impact women’s understanding and decision-making with respect to their family-building goals
  • Understanding the natural biologic progression of fertility throughout women’s reproductive years
  • Determining best practices for the utilization of fertility preservation for young, healthy women

These research initiatives will equip women with a greater understanding of their bodies, offer doctors evidence-based guidelines for counseling women about fertility, and ensure that fertility specialists—including our team—are providing women with the best possible care.

From our director

Too much about how we consider, treat, and care for women is based on assumption. Assumptions about what women know about fertility, and assumptions about what they want to know; assumptions about how we think, how we feel, and how and why women make certain choices about their reproductive goals.

The past fifty years have witnessed breathtaking scientific breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. However, our understanding of the natural progression of fertility and what steps can be taken to protect it is still very much in its infancy.

We started CFRE out of a desire to fill that void with sound scientific research, so that we can equip women with the best understanding of their bodies, offer doctors evidence-based guidelines for how to counsel women, and, as fertility specialists, feel confident that we are providing women with the best possible care.

Only with a fierce commitment to scientific principles can we be certain that the future of women’s health will be founded on facts rather than assumptions.

Bat-Sheva L. Maslow, MD, MSCTR, FACOG