October 29, 2013
The Governor signed into law AB 460, a bill to protect infertility insurance coverage decisions from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Insurance coverage for infertility is based on a definition of infertility that requires the inability to conceive a pregnancy or carry a pregnancy to a live birth after a year or more of regular sexual relations without contraception. Failure to have an opposite sex partner renders this definition impractical, hence the need for legislation. Language in the bill clarified that nothing in this bill should interfere with the clinical judgment of a physician and surgeon, and that insurers and HMOs are prohibited from making coverage decisions on a discriminatory basis.
October 15, 2013
Researchers at the International Federation for Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting today presented work investigating options for preserving the fertility of children with diseases including cancers. A common side effect of some cancer treatments is impaired fertility. In adult patients, collection and freezing of sperm or eggs is becoming increasing utilized, however, such treatments in children has been more challenging. These new studies show significant improvements in offering such treatments to both boys and girls.
September 24, 2013
Toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce, negatively affect pregnancies, and are associated with numerous other long-term health problems, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a joint Committee Opinion, The College and ASRM urge ob-gyns to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents.
May 20, 2013
For the first time, in Fertility and Sterility, researchers present age-specific probabilities of live birth after IVF with frozen eggs. Although IVF with frozen eggs results in lower live birth rates than fresh IVF cycles, the technique plays an important part in the treatment of infertility patients for whom embryo freezing presents religious or ethical obstacles and for patients whose cycles are interrupted.
October 23, 2012
Several teams of researchers will present new survey data covering the use of fertility preservation for cancer patients at the Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
October 22, 2012
The Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued a new report today stating that in young patients egg freezing techniques have been shown to produce pregnancy rates, leading to the birth of healthy babies, comparable to IVF cycles using fresh eggs.
October 21, 2012
Distinguished Researcher Award Goes to Serdar E. Bulun, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineIra and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award Goes to Clarisa R. Gracia, MD, MSCE University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of MedicineSuheil J. Muasher, MD, Distinguished Service Award Goes to Eli Reshef, MD
October 01, 2012
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine announced today that it has filed an amicus curia (friend of the court) brief in the case of Herx v. Diocese Fort Wayne -South Bend. Ms. Emily Herx of Fort Wayne, Indiana is suing the diocese for firing her from her job as a high school literature and language arts teacher after it became known that she suffered from infertility and had used in vitro fertilization in an attempt to overcome her disease and build a family.
September 19, 2012
Some of the many fascinating research topics to be presented at the meeting include male and female fertility preservation, robotics in surgery, stem cell research, sexuality, nutrition and reproductive health, innovations in genetic screening and epigenetics. Contraception Day, Menopause Day and Surgery Day will provide a special focus on these areas while plenary lectures, seminars, symposia and workshops offer a variety of ways to learn about the latest advances in all aspects of the field.
July 11, 2012
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