Women's Health

Federal Court Vehemently Rejects Latest Challenge to the Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 23, 2015

On Monday, the Fifth Circuit—one of the most conservative appeals courts in the country—rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate in an opinion written by Judge Jerry E. Smith—one of the most conservative federal judges on the bench. The challenge, brought by nonprofit religious groups, claimed that the mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by forcing these groups to sign a form that would eventually allow their employees to access contraception.

The Male Pill is Coming - and it's Going to Change Everything

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 19, 2015

New forms of male contraception are estimated to hit the market in a few years and - unlike women's options - most won't contain hormones.

Supporting Your Fertility in Your 30s

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 19, 2015

WebMD cites studies showing that caffeine consumption above and beyond 500 mg a day can harm fertility. Staying below 200 to 250 mg a day shouldn’t have an effect. 

NICHD and CDC Request Information on Links Between Fertility Status and Overall Health

ASRM Bulletins February 23, 2015

The Fertility and Infertility Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in partnership with the Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intends to hold a scientific workshop on the relationship between fertility status and overall health in 2016.

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.

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.

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