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Ovarian Stimulation for IVF Does Not Increase Risk of Endometrial or Colorectal Cancer: Results from a Nationwide Cohort Study

Press Releases October 21, 2014

Questions about IVF and increased risk of cancer have abounded through the roughly three decades that the treatment has been in use. Tuesday, at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam share the results of two nationwide cohort studies showing that women who have had ovarian stimulation for IVF are not at increased risk of developing cancer of the colon or endometrium.

Fibroids Take Psychological, Not Just Physical, Toll

Press Releases October 21, 2014

Scientists from Northwestern University presented research at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that explored the considerable psychological toll that uterine fibroids take on patients.

Phthalate Exposure May Affect Levels of Sexual Interest in Premenopausal Women

Press Releases October 21, 2014

It is known that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals can interfere with sexual function in men; in a study discussed at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, researchers present evidence that environmental exposure to phthalates might cause lower levels of interest in sexual activity in premenopausal women.

Chemicals in Plastic 'are Making Women Less Interested in Sex': Low Libido Linked to Additives Used to Soften Materials Found in Every Home

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

If you fancy a pint after work then this might be the perfect excuse. Because according to researchers, drinking a pint of beer a day doubles a man’s odds of becoming a father.

Poll: 70% Favor Legalizing Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds 70 percent of Americans favor legalizing over-the-counter birth control pills and patches without a doctor’s prescription, 26 percent oppose such a proposal, and 4 percent don’t know enough to say. There has been a slight uptick in support for OTC birth control, rising from 66 percent in May of 2013. Moreover, Reason-Rupe finds that women across income groups highly support legalizing OTC birth control at about the same rates.

Even Twin Births Following ART Increase Risk for Child and Mom

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Researchers tracking health outcomes from ART pregnancies found that having more than one child at a time resulted in substantially increased risks for both mothers and children.

Whether a Cancer Patient Gets Counseling for Fertility Preservation Relates to her Race, Marital Status, Age, and Diagnosis

Press Releases October 19, 2014

Northwestern University researchers have found disparities in counseling cancer patients about their future fertility and how it might be preserved.  Whether or not a woman receives counseling for fertility preservation relates not only to her type of cancer and cancer stage, but also to her age, race, and marital status.

Health-Care Company Looks to Increase Emergency Contraceptive Use by Cutting Price in Half

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 15, 2014

A health-care company founded last fall is looking to increase the number of women using emergency contraception (EC) in one simple way: by cutting its price in half.

Treating Menopausal Symptoms: What You Need to Know.

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 14, 2014

In the 1970s, my friends and I learned everything we needed to know about menstruation from each other and from a popular Judy Blume book, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” We even had a club, and we met after school to share stories about breasts, boys, periods and Kotex. We would no more have asked our mothers for such information than we would have asked a boy to dance.

US Department of Health and Human Services Resources on Ebola

ASRM Bulletins October 07, 2014

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS has asked us to help provide information to the health care community on Ebola.


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