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Women's Health

This column highlights activities submitted by ASRM Members from countries outside the United States.

Riverside Study Supports IUD Use By Teens

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2014

Among contraceptive methods in older women — in their 20s and 30s — IUDs have one of the highest rates of satisfaction and effectiveness, according to the study's authors. The lack of data regarding their use by adolescents led Stovall and his colleague Joelle Aoun M.D. to develop the study.

This Is What Endometriosis Feels Like

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2014

The pain is deep and heavy, almost as though I'm being pulled down by gravity. It's a soreness, sometimes a pinch or a twinge or even a stab -- but nearly always it is just deep and full, almost like a moan that stays always in a low octave. There are times, at night as I find I can't move because it has pulled me down against my bed, where I find that I, too, must audibly groan. Almost as though I'm harmonizing with the depth of the painful chord inside.

Back in the Saddle: Mid-Life Women Re-Entering the Dating World Can Challenge Sexual Health According to Lauren Streicher, MD

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2014

6,000 Baby boomers are changing physically, emotionally and hormonally every day and approximately half of those women are single.  

Severe Acne Linked to Endometriosis

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2014

The present work is the first to prospectively, directly evaluate the relationship between acne and endometriosis. The authors found that severe teenage acne was independently associated with endometriosis after accounting for the effects of known risk factors.

New Contraceptive Coverage Plan To Be Offered for Religious Nonprofits

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2014

The Obama administration is offering yet another way for religious nonprofits to avoid providing contraceptive coverage under Obamacare, but the accommodation released Friday is unlikely to put an end to the ongoing court battles over the issue.

Forget Politics, Obamacare Contraceptive Coverage Makes Financial Sense

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 20, 2014

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled against the Obama administration requirement that all employers must provide birth control insurance for women. Administration lawyers knew they were on shaky ground going in, because there were no provisions for male sex lives, such as Viagra, and that meant the policy was discriminatory, and the Supreme Court might rule that all corporations have the same rights, regardless of size, which further weakens the long-term viability of the ACA.

ASRM Board Member Writes on Contraception as Health Care, Not a Religious Issue

Press Releases July 18, 2014

In an editorial in this month’s issue of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. Marcelle Cedars discusses the politics of hormonal contraception. Dr. Cedars advances the argument that family planning, contraceptive use and access are not religious issues; they are health issues.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Comments on Hobby Lobby Decision Statement Attributable to Rebecca Sokol, MD, President

ASRM Bulletins July 01, 2014

“We profoundly disagree with the Supreme Court's decision today. Simply put, the moral views of a patient's boss should have no bearing on his or her ability to access needed medical treatments. Allowing an employer to impose their beliefs about reproduction on their staff is simply wrong, particularly when those beliefs are so clearly misinformed on the scientific and medical facts.   

ASRM Strongly Objects to Today's Supreme Court Decision

ASRM Bulletins July 01, 2014

ASRM has issued the following press statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell cases.  In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The law dictates that an individual's religious expression shouldn't be "substantially burdened" by a law unless there is a "compelling government interest."

Female Veterans' High Risk of Sexual Assault Affects Fertility and Reproductive Decision-Making

Press Releases May 30, 2014

Women veterans in the United States are at high risk of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes and  especially during their military service.  Exposure to sexual assault increases the likelihood that they will delay, forego, or terminate a pregnancy and may increase their risk of infertility.

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