Women's Health

Birth Control Pill May Be Linked to Rare Brain Tumors

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests.

Lobbying for Better Access to Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion, hundreds of women lobbied Virginia lawmakers in person or by e-mail, asking them to increase access to contraception and repeal the state’s mandatory ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion.

Microchip And Male Birth Control — Here’s The Exciting Future Of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 23, 2015

Ladies, our days of setting an alarm so we remember to take our trusty little pill may soon be over. We previously introduced you to Vasalgel — a form of male birth control that blocks sperm from travelling through guys’ tubes — which is expected to hit the market later this year. Turns out Vasalgel might just be the first of several revolutionary contraceptives on the way.

New Drug Compounds Show Promise Against Endometriosis

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 23, 2015

Two new drug compounds - one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis - appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine.

Did You Know: IUDs Are Growing in Popularity for Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 20, 2015

Although they continue to be overshadowed by less expensive, less effective birth control methods, long-acting reversible contraceptives such as intrauterine devices are gaining ground, according to an analysis of recently released federal data

Contact With High-Level Disinfectants Leads to Longer Time to Pregnancy for the Nurses Exposed to Them on the Job

Press Releases October 22, 2014

While healthcare providers come into contact with many risks to their own health, they probably don’t suspect that the chemicals they use to sterilize equipment and surfaces could be affecting their reproductive health.  Researchers presenting their work today at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine have shown otherwise, identifying an occupational risk to female nurses’ fertility: exposure to high-level disinfectants.

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.

Age, Specialty of Physician Affect Patterns of Treating Menopausal Patients

Press Releases October 21, 2014

Research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 70th Annual Meeting revealed that physicians treating menopausal patients felt it was very important that their patients be well informed, and that the specialty of the physician and when they trained had an impact on the care they provided.

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