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Fertility and Sterility On Air - Live from ASRM 2022: Part 2 - The Mission

Fertility & Sterility brings you some great interviews from ASRM 2022 in Anaheim, CA! In Part 2, we discuss how the people of ASRM are impacting the field and the community. Topics include advocacy for reproductive rights (Serena Chen, Natalie Crawford, Sean Tipton) (00:41), the future of ASRM with Dr. Michael Thomas (14:52), a look at the a pilot ASRM Pipeline Mentoring Program (22:36), a chat about F&S Reviews (35:17), a look at the Stanford REI Physician Survey (39:36), a look at venture capital in REI with Dr. David Sable (43:07), a chat about F&S Reports (47:09), a physician's path to industry with Dr. Vrunda Desai (53:03), the SRS Surgical Scholars Program (1:00:51), a chat with the SART Podcast team (1:06:13), a chat about F&S Science (1:10:04), and a look at the Reproductive Health Justice Summit (1:13:41).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Live from ASRM 2022: Part 1 - The Science

Fertility & Sterility brings you some great interviews from ASRM 2022 in Anaheim, CA! In Part 1, we discuss science with leaders in the field and prefesenters from the conference. Topics this month include career-focused women and family planning (Jen Bakkenson) (3:20), live imaging of embryo development (Nicholas Plachta) (8:02), predicting outcomes using AMH in fertilty preservation (Cassandra Roeca) (19:15), IVF stimulation outcomes by race and ethnicity (Iris Lee) (21:09), a chat with Dr. Beth Rakowsky (30:53), assessing expansion of fertility preservation coverage (Allison Komorowski) (35:47), a discussion on uterine NK cells in reproduction (Jessica Kanter) (39:56), the potential of mitochondrial enhacement (Richard Scott) (44:15), updates in recurrent implantation failure (Paul Pirtea, Dominique De Ziegler) (49:43) and a discussion about male infertility (Luis Hoyos, Thomas Masterson) (1:00:18).

ASRM Today: Fibroids in the Latina/Latinx Community with Dr. Ruben Alvero (Re-Broadcast)

Today on the show we are discussing Fibroids in the Latina/Latinx community. Joining me is Dr. Ruben Alvero, who is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford Medical School and is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: November 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include longitudinal semen assesment and live birth (2:20), placenta previas in ART pregnancies (11:35), cost-effectiveness for cryopreservation based on SART data (19:12), systematic review of subsequent pregnancy outcomes in couples with parental abnormal chromosomal karyotypes & recurrent pregnancy loss (28:42), prevelance of endometrioma in deep infiltrative endometriosis (39:40) and perinatal outcomes of singleton and twin pregnancies using donor versus partner sperm (45:01).

ASRM Today Policy Matters: Midterm Elections 2022

On this special episode of Policy Matters we focus our attention on the 2022 midterm elections. Leading our discussion today are Jessie Losch, Government Affairs Manager, Sarah Bogdan, Director of Government Affairs and Sean Tipton, Chief Advocacy and Policy Officer for the ASRM HQ in Washington DC. The Government Affairs team is here to recap the 2022 midterm elections and look ahead to 2023.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: October 2022

In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include: a meta-analysis and updates on endometrial receptivity assay (1:29), a potential therapeutic to improve pregnancy in a mouse model of endometriosis (12:16), and the association of frozen embryo transfer with large for gestational age infants (20:27).

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: October 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include the natural history of fibroids in pregnancy (1:54), semen quality in sons of subfertile couples (09:33), oocyte maturity ratio and live birth rate (18:41), pregnancy outcomes after frozen transfer using Letrozole (22:28), endometrial receptivity assay after failed transfer attempt (36:08), colorectal cancer risk after use of fertility drugs (45:08), and cesarean-section scar defects and abnormal uterine bleeding (56:13).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: September 2022


In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include: the association of obesity with upregulation of inflammatory cytokines in follicular fluid with guest author Samantha Schon (1:05), examining the nongenetic risk factors contributing to racial disparities in the prevalence of uterine fibroids (8:19), and using SART data to examine pregnancy outcomes after embryo transfer (16:00).

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: September 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include ICSI vs IVF for non-male factor infertility (01:42), geographic variations of semen parameters (10:18), euploid embryos and chance of subsequent live birth (19:38), DOR diagnosis and aneuploidy and live birth rate (31:06), interpregnancy intervals in ART pregnancies (38:15) and uterine transplantation outcomes (45:32).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: August 2022

In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include: the impact of the pandemic on access to reproductive healthcare with authors Jasmine Aly and Alicia Christy (0:33), the association of the pandemic and phthalate levels in follicular fluid (13:15), and a comparison of clinician learning curves with the ASRM Embryo Transfer simulator (19:32).

Fertility and Sterility On Air–Live from ESHRE: Part 1

This month's Fertility & Sterility is live from ESHRE 2022 in Milan, Italy! Listen to interviews from a few of the presenters. Topics in Part 1 include Apps for TIC (3:14), AI for cycle optimization (11:26), Time-lapse imaging (11:35), Poor quality embryo transfer (26:16), Embryo morphokenetics & ploidy status (33:36), 3rd party origin children’s book (39:54), 3D Embyro Construction (43:54), Pregnancy after breast cancer (53:03), and Evaluation of the Duostim protocol (57:44).

Fertility and Sterility On Air–Live from ESHRE: Part 2

This month's Fertility & Sterility is live from ESHRE 2022 in Milan, Italy! Listen to interviews from a few of the presenters. Topics in Part 2 include a conversation with Rick LeGrow (1:01), Route of Progesterone administration (6:26), Thyroid hormone replacement (16:12), A discussion about ICMART (21:12), Endometriosis testing in blood (28:26), Ovarian stimulation and subsequent breast cancer (35:34), Semen analysis tests comparison (39:48) and Evacuating embryos from Ukraine (43:30).

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: August 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include a Fertile Battle on optimal endometrial lining in ART (2:00), an RCT using FSH with a trigger (8:40), the relationship between paternal factors and embryonic aneuploidy of paternal origin (20:00), an RCT looking at live birth using the endometrial receptivity analysis (27:35), risk of miscarriage after treatment for chronic endometritis and IVF/ICSI (41:25), Cardiometabolic risks in middle childhood (47:00) and evaluating the efficacy of different treatments for c-section scar ectopics (51:40).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: July 2022

In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include: high sensitivity C reactive protein and pregnancy outcomes with guest Sarah Gavrizi (0:56), new techniques to optimize outcomes in ovarian tissue cryopreservation (10:54), and a review of the evidence on factors that affect euploid blastocyst implantation (21:33).

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: July 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include a cost-effectiveness analysis of PGT-M vs prenatal diagnosis for Huntington disease (3:20), a machine learning model for predicting the optimal day of trigger (13:00), a systematic review and meta-analysis of Vitamin D and miscarriage (26:13), AMH and leukocyte aging markers (32:20), 15 years of autologous oocyte thaw outcomes from one academic fertility center (43:20) and look at the relation between smoking and infertility (50:56).

ASRM Today - Policy Matters: The Dobbs Decision

On this episode of ASRM Policy Matters, we focus our attention on the Dobbs Decision and our guest, Judith Daar, Dean of the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, and former chair of the ASRM ethics committee, explains what happened and more.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: June 2022

In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include: an updated review on immunotherapy and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) (01:38), identifying immunologic biomarkers for RPL patients in peripheral and menstrual blood (15:38), and a randomized trial to assess a multimedia educational intervention for patients undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (22:55).

Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: June 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics this month include effect of follicle size on embryology outcomes (2:30); RCT using time-lapse for embryo selection (13:30); obstetric and neonatal risk of ART outside of infertility diagnosis (22:17); embryo culture systems and obstetrical outcomes (26:11); metabolites and risk of post-surgical pelvic pain in adolescents with endometriosis (35:24); decision regret in older IVF patients (40:18).

ASRM Today: Policy Matters - The Demise of Roe versus Wade: Potential Impact on Fertility Care

Welcome to ASRM Policy Matters, a podcast to inform and empower stakeholders through insight and analysis into reproductive health policy. On this episode we focus our attention on the upcoming Roe vs Wade decision by the Supreme Court of the United States and the potential impact will have on fertility care. The discussion is led by Sean Tipton and Rebecca O'Connor from ASRM Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: May 2022

In this month's Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month are: 3-D bioprinting testicular tissue (01:45), challenging the use of antioxidants for male factor infertility (11:27), and managing pregnancy loss with hysteroscopy (22:18).

Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: May 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics this month include risk of ovarian cancer after BSO in women with endometriosis (1:14); infertility care during public health crises (11:53); effectiveness and safety of IUI (21:54); COVID-19 immunity on FET outcomes (33:18); effect of unilateral oopherectomy on IVF outcomes (39:30); genetic abnormalities in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss (45:13); steroid biosynthesis in poor responders (51:15); and route of myomectomy and fertility outcomes (58:32).

View the May 2022 issue of Fertility and Sterility, Volume 117, No. 5 at https://www.fertstert.org/issue/S0015-0282(21)X0019-2 

SART Fertility Experts - Gestational Carrier and Intended Parents

Some fertility patients are unable to carry a pregnancy to term.  For a variety of reasons, they may choose a gestational carrier, a woman who carries the intended parent’s embryo in their uterus until delivery.  In this episode, both the intended parents and gestational carrier share their experiences with Dr. William Petok, a reproductive psychologist.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: April 2022

In this month's Fertility and Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month are: use of follicular phase estradiol for programming donor oocyte cycles (1:34), evaluating models to predict prognosis in recurrent pregnancy loss (12:03), and two studies about the cyclic fertilin peptide, which can improve blastocyst formation (20:03).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: April 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include evaluting telehealth a valuable resource in REI (2:25), the Rotterdam criteria (6:34), impact of THC on testicular volume and male reproductive health in rhesus macaques (8:52), Lessons learned after pandemic & use of ART for sex selection for non-medical reasons (13:13), machine learning for euploid predication (22:47), follicular activation for DOR (34:05), placental pathology from ART conceived infants (40:38), optimal endometrial thickness in fresh and frozen IVF cycles (50:05), fresh embryo transfer following in-vitro semination in fresh vs cryopreserved anonymous donor oocytes (1:00:57) and uterine fibroids and AMH concentrations in African-American women (1:07:51).

SART Fertility Experts - LBGTQ Fertility

With more available options for family building for the LGBTQ community, two women describe their experience with reciprocal IVF. Lauren and Lisa share the story of their personal journey to become parents in this captivating interview.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: March 2022


In Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month are: the effect of estrogen therapy on spermatogenesis in transgender women (00:52), time to menses resumption after tesosterone cessation in a transgender mouse model (11:35), and a systemic review and meta-analysis comparing live birth rate for ICSI to conventional IVF (20:21).

SART Fertility Experts - Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that can affect many facets of a person’s life, from pelvic pain to struggles with infertility. Listen as Christine discusses her experiences during her journey to motherhood with Dr. Joseph Findley, a reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: March 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics this month include predictors for establishing care and patient perception after abnormal semen testing (1:28), the new ASRM Committee Opinion on multiple gestation associated with infertility (6:19), TESE sperm characteristics and impact on ICSI outcome (14:50), an AI model for ranking pictures of blastocyst embryos (19:18), perinatal outcomes of singleton live births after PGT using propensity score matching (34:33), impact of FET cycle regimen on birth weight (40:55), relugolix vs leuprolide for endometriosis-associated related pain (47:47) and endometrial scratching for unassisted conception (53:18).

SART Fertility Experts - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Candace discusses her experience with infertility, IVF, multiple pregnancy losses and ultimately a successful delivery with Dr. Julia Woodward, a reproductive psychologist. Hear their strategies for coping with the grief, anger and anxiety that many patients endure.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: February 2022

In Fertility and Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of Fertility and Sterility's sister journals! Topics this month are all things anti-mullerian hormone (AMH): whether AMH can predict live births in patients over 40 (1:38), how to use- and not misuse- AMH in practice (9:39), and studying the effects of AMH in non-human primates (18:14). 

ASRM Today Bonus: Surgical Legends

Join ASRM Today for a special bonus series, Surgical Legends – On the Shoulders of Giants: Perspectives in Minimally Invasive Reproductive Surgery. Crafted by the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS), each episode will be an in-depth interview with a distinguished pioneer of reproductive surgery. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy what we think are valuable lessons about our history, sparking innovation, and newer surgical applications of reproductive surgery.

SART Fertility Experts - PCOS

As the most common hormonal disorder in women, PCOS is a disruptive problem that impacts many aspects of a woman’s health including getting pregnant.  In this episode, Brittany discusses how PCOS has affected her life and shares the story of her challenging journey to parenthood, with Dr. Mark Trolice, a reproductive endocrinologist. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: February 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include updates in male infertility (1:05), ICSI for non-male factor infertility (5:46), sperm quality & absence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA after infection (15:12), examination of dietary parameters and semen parameters in men (21:13), concordance rates of PGT-seq with initial trophectoderm biopsy (31:10), an IVF outcome prediction model (39:24), factors affecting eggs from egg banks vs programmed egg donors (50:48), BCL6 expression and live birth outcomes (60:30) and an SREI report on the gender gap and practice patterns in REI (1:03:40).

SART Fertility Experts - Egg Donor and Recipient

Yuki describes her challenges with infertility and pathway to parenthood through egg donation with Dr. Cristin Slater, a reproductive endocrinologist.  Listen as they discuss the process of selecting a donor and her outlook on family building with donor eggs. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air – Unplugged: January 2022

In Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include blastocyst development with in vitro spermatids from embryonic stem cells (2:07), SARS-CoV2 spike protein seropositivity and impact on fertility (11:25) and GnRH agonist vs hCG for ovulation triggering during COS (20:19).

SART Fertility Experts - Male Factor

Infertility is not just a female problem. Dan candidly shares his journey with both diagnosis and treatment of male infertility with Dr. Paul Lin, Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Learn how he coped and supported his partner through the treatment process. 

SART Fertility Experts - Elective Fertility Preservation

Ellen was single and in the early years of a long and demanding surgical training program.  She knew she wanted a family someday. Listen to her story as she shares her journey to parenthood with the help of egg and embryo freezing with Dr. Kelly Lynch, a reproductive endocrinologist. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: January 2022


Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include the shortcomings of vaginal progesterone (1:20), common practices among high-performing IVF clinics (2:58), optimizing natural fertility (18:25), sperm chromatin dispersion assay (22:11), effect of depression on semen quality (30:50), individualized luteal support in FET (35:05), IV acetaminophen for pain control during egg retrieval (42:44), future pregnancy outcomes in couples with RPL (49:30) and a follow-up of the FASTT trial (54:55).

ASRM Today: Fertility Preservation Month – Adolescents and Oncoferility

It is Fertility Preservation Month, and today on the show we are discussing Oncofertility and Adolescents. Our gusts today are Dr. Abby Taylor, who is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Scott Borinstein, who is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Sarcoma Program, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, and Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, also at Vanderbilt.

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