Thorns FC announce partnership with US Fertility

US Fertility to serve as club’s official fertility partner

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced a new partnership with US Fertility as the club’s official fertility partner. American Fertility Doctors will provide education and fertility care options to Thorns FC players and their families.

As the club’s official fertility partner, US Fertility will support Thorns FC players so they don’t have to choose between their careers and their plans to build a family by providing fertility preservation options and other necessary fertility resources.

“We are proud to partner with US Fertility to offer fertility services to our players,” said Thorns FC General Manager Karina LeBlanc. “This is an opportunity to do something that empowers our players, improves reproductive autonomy and provides needed access to leading fertility care. As a former Thorns player who understands the demands of athletes and their families, I am proud to be part of a team that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our players.”

US Fertility will provide players with complimentary fertility doctor consultations, fertility evaluations, egg retrieval and freezing, cryopreservation, frozen embryo transfers, educational events led by US fertility doctors, and other fertility planning resources.

“Through our partnership with the Thorns, we will continue to advance the conversation about the available family building options. Patient empowerment is all about helping people gain greater control over the decisions that affect their health. We are here to help players, their fans and the greater community. As a network that spans the US and is constantly innovating and growing, US Fertility is ready and proud to support the Thorns organization,” shares Mark Segal, CEO of US Fertility.

US Fertility is the largest physician-led integrated network of top-tier fertility practices in the United States. With over 120,000 babies born to its credit, they complete over 29,000 IVF cycles annually and perform 1,000+ elective and donor egg freezing cycles annually.

Age is the single most important factor affecting fertility for women. At 20 weeks gestation, females have about six million eggs, which is the largest number of eggs they will ever have in their lifetime. At birth, females will lose about half of their eggs, and by the time they reach puberty, they will only have about 200,000 eggs left.

As women age, their egg quantity and quality will continue to decline, which can significantly affect their ability to conceive. In women between the ages of 30 and 35, there is a gradual decline in their ability to conceive, with a sharp decline after age 40, or younger for some women. With lower egg quality and quantity, conception becomes more difficult, and the chances of a chromosomal abnormality, miscarriage or pregnancy complication become more common. Egg freezing helps preserve future fertility and family building options.

On American Fertility
US Fertility is the largest, physician-led, integrated network of top-tier fertility practices in the United States, offering comprehensive fertility market-focused non-clinical, administrative and technical platforms that help local and international practices improve patient outcomes and increase patient access. To learn more about partnership or affiliate status benefits, call 301-545-1308 or visit

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