In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 29, 2014

A few years ago, Jodi Flaws, a bioscientist at the University of Illinois, began testing a theory about the risks to women posed by the widely used industrial compound bisphenol A, or BPA. 

Healing Teenage Cancer’s Scars

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 29, 2014

The teenage years can be tough enough under the best of circumstances. But when cancer invades an adolescent’s life, the challenges grow exponentially.

A Womb With a View: Ectogenesis Is Coming

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 29, 2014

It’s almost here, the technology that will enable babies, once and for all, to be grown in artificial wombs. It’s already promising to be a legal and ethical minefield, with scientists, religious leaders and philosophers alike jumping on the bandwagon to throw in their two cents on the implications. But, asks MARELISE VAN DER MERWE, what about the most important stakeholders of all – our kids themselves?

Researchers Take a Closer Look at Endometriosis, a Leading Cause of Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2014

Researchers in New York are taking a closer look at endometriosis. It's a disease that's not often talked about, but it affects one in ten women in the U.S., and 176 million women worldwide.

How Max Levchin's Glow App Got 25,000 Women Pregnant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2014

One year after PayPal founder Max Levchin helped launch Glow, the fertility app has some impressive results: the service takes credit for 25,000 pregnancies. As notes stream in from excited users, often accompanied by photographs of astonished newborns, it’s hard not to get the warm fuzzies.

The Ethics Committee of ASRM Is Releasing a New Opinion: Interests, Obligations, and Rights in Gamete Donation

Press Releases August 27, 2014

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is issuing a new report, “Interests, obligations and rights in gamete donation:  a committee opinion.”  This report updates a prior report which discussed the interests, rights and obligations of gamete donors.  It expands the discussion to include all of the parties who are involved in the process- recipient parents and their children conceived with donated gametes in addition to egg donors, sperm donors, and the clinics in which assisted reproduction using donated gametes takes place.

Administration Issues New Accommodation on Contraception Requirement

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

On Friday, the Administration released a new accommodation for religious employers opposed to covering contraceptive prescriptions as required under the preventive health measures enacted as part of the 2010 health reform law PL 111-148, PL 111-152.

Catherine Spong, MD Named Deputy Director of NICHD

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Director, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, wrote in an announcement,  “After a rigorous, national search that attracted an impressive array of outstanding candidates, I am extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. has been selected as the Deputy Director of NICHD.  Cathy brings extensive and impressive experience in both our intramural and extramural programs to the position, along with intelligence, interpersonal skills, and visionary leadership that have won her a high level of respect in our research communities.  

Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2014

The nation’s health law opens the door for transgender people to gain coverage for gender reassignment surgeries they previously could not afford.

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.

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