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Publications may be obtained at your local library or bookstore or in some cases ordered from the publisher’s address provided. Generally, titles reviewed on this site are restricted to those published within the last five years. This list is in no way comprehensive or intended to replace, dictate, or fully define evaluation and treatment by a qualified professional. It is intended solely as an aid for persons seeking general information on issues in reproductive medicine. The views expressed in these book reviews are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Could Plastics Ruin Your Sex Life?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 22, 2014

Phthalates are found in numerous items around the home, and even in food packaging. So it’s a little worrying that they’re being linked to, among other things, a decrease in libido in women

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.

Poll: 70% Favor Legalizing Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 21, 2014

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds 70 percent of Americans favor legalizing over-the-counter birth control pills and patches without a doctor’s prescription, 26 percent oppose such a proposal, and 4 percent don’t know enough to say. There has been a slight uptick in support for OTC birth control, rising from 66 percent in May of 2013. Moreover, Reason-Rupe finds that women across income groups highly support legalizing OTC birth control at about the same rates.

Even Twin Births Following ART Increase Risk for Child and Mom

Press Releases October 20, 2014

Researchers tracking health outcomes from ART pregnancies found that having more than one child at a time resulted in substantially increased risks for both mothers and children.

Whether a Cancer Patient Gets Counseling for Fertility Preservation Relates to her Race, Marital Status, Age, and Diagnosis

Press Releases October 19, 2014

Northwestern University researchers have found disparities in counseling cancer patients about their future fertility and how it might be preserved.  Whether or not a woman receives counseling for fertility preservation relates not only to her type of cancer and cancer stage, but also to her age, race, and marital status.

US Department of Health and Human Services Resources on Ebola

ASRM Bulletins October 07, 2014

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS has asked us to help provide information to the health care community on Ebola.

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: New Global Standardized Tools for Endometriosis Research

Press Releases September 26, 2014

Today, in Fertility and Sterility, the World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF) has published a suite of four articles that constitute a standardized approach for researchers to use in their investigations of the disease, in its many subtypes and manifestations.  Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), will make the articles freely accessible for the greater benefit of the endometriosis research community.

Items of Interest from the FDA

ASRM Bulletins September 26, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised draft guidance for industry entitled “Draft Guidance on Estradiol.” The guidance provides specific recommendations on the design of bioequivalence studies to support abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for estradiol vaginal cream.

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