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Oral Contraceptives May Limit Bone Loss in Young Anorexic Patients

French researchers have identified a promising protective effect of oral contraceptives on the bone health of young women with anorexia nervosa.  Along with the gynecological disorders resulting from anorexia, patients experience bone loss with intense demineralization early in the course of the disease. This study shows for the first time that anorexia patients using oral contraceptives (OCs) have a higher areal bone mineral density than those who do not use OCs  and suggests that, while regularly taking an oral contraceptive will not confer complete protection, it may help to limit bone loss in young women suffering from anorexia nervosa.

Arizona Court Awards Embryos to Ex-Wife and Other Cases

Current cases in reproductive medicine include an Arizona court that reverses a lower court and awards embryos to an ex-wife; a woman sues a hospital after discovering it stored her embryo for 13 years, an Alabama judge allows a wrongful death case to be filed on behalf of an aborted fetus, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejects the review of a Colorado frozen embryo case.

ASRM and RESOLVE Announce New Partnership Agreement

ASRM is proud to announce that we have entered into an agreement with RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association to form a new partnership focused on access to care and patient education efforts. ASRM and RESOLVE have a long and successful history of working together to improve conditions for patients, and this agreement brings a new, more formal status to that relationship. The joint efforts will focus on three areas: supporting RESOLVE’s Coverage at Work initiative, working together on policy advocacy efforts, and improving ASRM’s Patient Education offerings.

 

New York Becomes Tenth State to Require Coverage of IVF and Sixth State to Require Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Certain Patients

New York lawmakers passed a budget measure late yesterday which updates the state’s existing infertility statute to include a requirement for health plans operating in the large group market (employers with 100 or more full-time staff) to provide coverage for three cycles of in-vitro fertilization. The budget measure also includes a provision requiring that patients at risk for iatrogenic infertility be covered for fertility preservation services. 

State Legislatures Busy

State legislatures remain busy with various issues related to surrogacy, embryo storage, fertility fraud, and personhood, among others, while Cambodia addresses surrogacy issues.

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