Women's Health

Researchers Call for Easy Access to Contraception

Book Reviews July 24, 2014

The 2014 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction began, somewhat incongruously, with a discussion of contraception. With the global population set to top 8 billion in a little more than a decade, clinicians, public-health researchers and some private funders see a pressing need to support work on new contraceptive methods — and to get existing methods into the hands of those who want them.

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.

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.

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."

Female Veterans' High Risk of Sexual Assault Affects Fertility and Reproductive Decision-Making

Press Releases May 30, 2014

Women veterans in the United States are at high risk of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes and  especially during their military service.  Exposure to sexual assault increases the likelihood that they will delay, forego, or terminate a pregnancy and may increase their risk of infertility.

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: Female Veterans' High Risk of Sexual Assault Affects Fertility and Reproductive Decision-Making

ASRM Bulletins May 30, 2014

Women veterans in the United States are at high risk of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes and  especially during their military service.  Exposure to sexual assault increases the likelihood that they will delay, forego, or terminate a pregnancy and may increase their risk of infertility.

CDC and the Office of Population Affairs Release New Recommendations on Family Planning Services

ASRM Bulletins April 30, 2014

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Population Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report, “Providing Quality Family Planning Services - Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs.”  These new recommendations can play an important role in improving the reproductive health of all Americans.

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