Women's Health

For Women With Endometriosis, Answers Are Few

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 05, 2015

In early February, Melanie Greeke was preparing for her hysterectomy with a mixture of joy and dread. The 27-year-old mother of three had been experiencing unbearable pain, headaches and nausea for the better part of a year. Finally, after seeing several doctors and being turned away time and again, she was diagnosed with endometriosis.

Exposure to Semen May Increase a Woman's Risk of Endometriosis

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 04, 2015

As reported by WebMD in women suffering from endometriosis uterine lining tissue develops outside the uterus. Symptoms of this disorder may include heavy periods, abdominal pain, and infertility. Treatment considerations include pain relievers, hormones, and surgery. The University of Adelaide reported on May 1, 2015, a woman's sex life may influence the development of endometriosis.

Long-Term Data on Complications Adds to Criticism of Contraceptive Implant

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 04, 2015

When a new contraceptive implant came on the market over a decade ago, it was considered a breakthrough for women who did not want to have more children, a sterilization procedure that could be done in a doctor’s office in just 10 minutes. Now, 13 years later, thousands of women who claim they were seriously injured by the implant are urging the Food and Drug Administration to take the device off the market and to warn the public about its complications.

New Report Shows Insurers Are Falling Short on Covering Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 27, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires contraception to be covered by your insurance plan without a copay. Yet many women still face serious obstacles getting their contraception of choice covered—and not just those who work for conservative employers. A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that a lot of insurers are interpreting the coverage mandate in ways that limit women's access to certain forms of contraception, especially the vaginal ring, emergency contraception, and the IUD.

U.S. Top Court Throws Out Obamacare Contraception Ruling

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 27, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama's administration.

US Tax Court clarifies that income received by egg donors is taxable income: guest author Nidhi Desai, J.D.

Legally Speaking February 20, 2015

On January 22nd, 2015, the United States Tax Court held that an egg donor’s compensation, despite being characterized as “pain and suffering,” is not excludable from income but is taxable gross income as defined under the IRS code (“I.RC.”). 

SRBT Offers Advice on Ebola

ASRM Bulletins October 31, 2014

ASRM’s newest affiliate society, the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT), has developed a communication to its members about the Ebola virus.

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.

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