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White House Revises Contraception Opt Out

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 23, 2014

The Obama administration announced revisions to the Obamacare contraception mandate so that nonprofit religious organizations can opt out of signing a release form to avoid covering birth control and workers for those nonprofits are able to obtain separate contraception coverage without a copay.

Exercise May Slow Physical and Mental Decline After Menopause

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 23, 2014

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don’t, according to a new review of past studies that found exercise that gets the heart rate up is best.

Pregnancy Loss Linked to Later Heart Disease

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 17, 2014

Miscarriages and stillbirths might be a marker for women at higher risk of developing heart disease later in life, an observational study suggested.

New Implantable Contraceptive Chip Can Last For Up To 16 Years

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 16, 2014

An MIT spinoff called MicroCHIPS has announced plans to market an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on and off remotely, and lasts for as long as sixteen years.

Bothered by Hot Flashes? Acupuncture Might be the Answer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 16, 2014

In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was first used by the ancient Chinese, it has been used to treat a number of physical, mental and emotional conditions including nausea and vomiting, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, to name just a few. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials which is being published this month in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), indicates that acupuncture can affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for women in natural menopause.

Why Do I Still Have Hot Flashes Many Years After Menopause?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 15, 2014

Jan Shifren, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Midlife Women’s Health Center, says that about three-fourths of women have bothersome hot flashes during menopause, and for the majority of them, the hot flashes subside after a few years. But not everyone is so fortunate.

New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 15, 2014

An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year.

Opting Out of Contraception Coverage

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 14, 2014

Many nonprofit religious organizations have rejected the mandatory use of a two-page form that transfers responsibility for providing contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act to insurers or plan administrators. If they sign the form, these groups say, they will be facilitating coverage that violates their religious beliefs.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Comments on Hobby Lobby Decision Statement Attributable to Rebecca Sokol, MD, President

ASRM Bulletins July 01, 2014

“We profoundly disagree with the Supreme Court's decision today. Simply put, the moral views of a patient's boss should have no bearing on his or her ability to access needed medical treatments. Allowing an employer to impose their beliefs about reproduction on their staff is simply wrong, particularly when those beliefs are so clearly misinformed on the scientific and medical facts.   

ASRM Strongly Objects to Today's Supreme Court Decision

ASRM Bulletins July 01, 2014

ASRM has issued the following press statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell cases.  In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The law dictates that an individual's religious expression shouldn't be "substantially burdened" by a law unless there is a "compelling government interest."


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