Women's Health

Birth Control Not One-Size-Fits-All: 9 Types Of Birth Control To Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 22, 2014

Women who seek birth control often find themselves needing or wanting different birth control methods as they go through lifestyle changes. Although birth control is available for all women, they are not one-size-fits-all, and it can even become overwhelming trying to figure out which method to use. To effectively prevent unwanted pregnancy, and plan the timing of the pregnancy, decide which of these nine types of birth control is the perfect fit for your sex life.

Ten Men Explain Why They Became Gynecologists

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 19, 2014

The male gynecologist can be a polarizing figure: Some women avoid them as a personal policy, while others actively seek them out. Regardless of your stance, though, they're becoming a rare breed. Nationally, 80% to 90% of people graduating in OB/GYN are women; and at NYU School of Medicine, approximately one out of seven OB/GYN residents are male. But what motivates those who do choose this female-dominated — and female-focused — field?

Just How Terrible Is Endometriosis?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

Few diagnoses are more upsetting for women than endometriosis. Of course, the various female cancers, heart disease, and other life-threatening diseases and disorders are devastating, but endometriosis is a diagnosis that may well mean lifelong troubles ranging from menstrual pain to bowel or bladder dysfunction to infertility, while also possibly making a woman more prone to some of the other devastating health issues. A new study by Monash University researchers confirms just how burdensome a diagnosis of endometriosis can be.

Pill Becomes Passe as Women Urged to Consider Other Forms of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 15, 2014

Having sexually liberated women for over half a century, the pill is now becoming passe.  Family planning advisers are urging women and clinicians to consider alternative methods of contraception such as long-acting reversible contraception, or LARCs, which have overtaken the pill in terms of convenience and effectiveness and have fewer side-effects.

Birth Control Pills Should Be Available Over The Counter, But That’s No Substitute For Contraceptive Coverage

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 12, 2014

Making birth control pills available over the counter, if done right, would meaningfully improve access for some groups of women. However, such a change is no substitute for public and private insurance coverage of contraceptives — let alone justification for rolling back coverage of all contraceptive methods and related services for the millions of women who currently have it.

Unfulfilled Dreams of Having a Baby May Put Women at Risk of Depression

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 11, 2014

Angela Bergmann has been trying to become pregnant for more than eight years, and sometimes the struggle has become so overwhelmingly daunting that she has thought about taking her own life.

Benefits and Risks of Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy: Two Expert Opinions

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 09, 2014

New options and additional information add perspective

ASRM Board Member Writes on Contraception as Health Care, Not a Religious Issue

Press Releases July 18, 2014

In an editorial in this month’s issue of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. Marcelle Cedars discusses the politics of hormonal contraception. Dr. Cedars advances the argument that family planning, contraceptive use and access are not religious issues; they are health issues.

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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