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FDA Issues Caution on Use of Uterine Surgery Device That Can Spread Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 25, 2014

A power device used during uterine surgery in at least 50,000 women a year in the United States risks spreading cancerous tissue and should no longer be used in “the vast majority” of women, the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday.

D.C. Circuit Upholds Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 21, 2014

Last week, a unanimous three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit upheld the religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) contraceptive coverage mandate (Priests for Life v. HHS, D.C. Cir. No. 13-5368, Nov. 14, 2014).  The court held that the accommodation set out by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) is a simple solution that does not impose a burden for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”).

Guidelines Recommend Against Testosterone Therapy in Otherwise Healthy Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2014

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society report that postmenopausal women with low sexual desire may benefit from up to 6 months of testosterone replacement therapy but say there’s no other demonstrated benefit to women who receive the treatment.

Egg-Freezing Shindigs Aren’t Like Tupperware Parties

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

The latest trend in assisted reproduction is egg-freezing parties, sales events often described as the “new Tupperware parties.”

CMC Helps Pave The Way For A New Treatment For Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

Neri Thompson is like many women.  She suffers from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a common testosterone imbalance that often leads to infertility.  In fact, it's the most common hormonal disorder in reproductive-age women.  She found out about it when she and her husband were ready to have a family just over seven years ago.  

UCSF to Study Early Menopause vs. Preventive Cancer Surgery Risks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 19, 2014

Cavalheiro is one of about 100 Bay Area women between 35 and 50 years old with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations who are participating in a clinical trial that is examining changes in cardiovascular health, bone density, sexual function, quality of life and other effects on women who go into early menopause.

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.

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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