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This Web page contains links to miscellaneous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site. You can visit the FDA's web site at 

Administration Backs High Court Review of Contraception Cases

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 02, 2015

The Obama administration is acknowledging that the Supreme Court should step into the latest battle over the president's health law.At issue are claims from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that object to rules allowing them to opt out of covering contraceptives for women who are part of their health plans. 

Earlier Hormone Therapy May Pose Less Risk for Menopausal Women

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 01, 2015

Women who start hormone therapy toward the beginning of menopause may have a lower risk of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

Human Reproduction, Health Broadly Damaged by Toxic Chemicals: Report

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 01, 2015

Among the poor health outcomes linked to pesticides, air pollutants, plastics and other chemicals, according to the report from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), an organization representing obstetrical and gynecological associations from 125 countries, are miscarriage and still births, an increase in cancer, attention problems and hyperactivity.

Want to Fight Poverty? Expand Access to Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 30, 2015

Pope Francis’s visit has brought renewed attention to some of our nation’s toughest economic challenges: inequality, poverty and income (im)mobility.

Planned Parenthood President Grilled at House Hearing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 30, 2015

Republicans accused Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Tuesday of spending $40 million on "lavish" priorities during a heated and emotional congressional hearing on the embattled organization.

Comments from ASRM and SART on “Outcomes of Fresh and Cryopreserved Oocyte Donation”

Press Releases August 11, 2015

James Toner, MD, SART President remarked, “We appreciate Dr. Kushnir and his colleagues’ sharing their analysis comparing the outcomes of cycles using frozen donor eggs with outcomes of fresh donor egg cycles. This year, for the first time, SART included frozen donor egg cycles in its National Report, enabling this large-scale, nationwide comparison to be done. 

FDA’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel Will Meet on September 24, 2015 to Discuss the Essure System

ASRM Bulletins July 29, 2015

The OB/Gyn Devices Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee is convening to seek expert scientific and clinical input on the risks and benefits of Bayer HealthCare’s Essure System for permanent female sterilization.

Highlights from Fertility and Sterility: Washing Ovarian Follicles Effectively Removes Contaminating Malignant Cells

Press Releases June 11, 2015

Belgian researchers have found that a triple-wash technique is effective for cleansing antral follicles (egg-containing cells) isolated from ovarian tissue contaminated with malignant cells, while maintaining the follicles’ viability.  This is an essential step in developing a process to preserve fertility for young girls who must undergo chemotherapy to treat childhood cancer, particularly leukemia.

NICHD and CDC Request Information on Links Between Fertility Status and Overall Health

ASRM Bulletins February 23, 2015

The Fertility and Infertility Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in partnership with the Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intends to hold a scientific workshop on the relationship between fertility status and overall health in 2016.

US Tax Court clarifies that income received by egg donors is taxable income: guest author Nidhi Desai, J.D.

Legally Speaking February 20, 2015

On January 22nd, 2015, the United States Tax Court held that an egg donor’s compensation, despite being characterized as “pain and suffering,” is not excludable from income but is taxable gross income as defined under the IRS code (“I.RC.”). 


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