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Protecting Your Fertility

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous NIH announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site.

Anonymity of Fertility Preservation Patients Protected by the Court

Legally Speaking June 18, 2015

An Illinois court recently ruled that it was permissible to use pseudonyms to protect the identity of 40  plaintiffs in an ongoing malpractice case against an Illinois fertility center. Doe, et al. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2014 IL App (1st) 140212 In 2013, Northwestern University reported a malfunction of its cryogenic tanks that stored sperm and testicular tissue specimens, which were cryopreserved by patients intending to use them for future fertility procedures. Many of the specimens were stored by patients who subsequently underwent treatment for diseases that rendered them unable to have biological children without the cryopreserved specimens. The malfunction resulted in the damage or complete loss of the specimens. Forty of the affected individuals filed this claim against the hospital, its faculty foundation, the cryotank manufacturer and the vendor companies involved in the maintenance of the croytanks.

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.

Jump on Twitter Monday at Lunchtime for a Chat on Infertility- Monday, April 20, 1-2 pm EDT

ASRM Bulletins April 17, 2015

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19 to 25 and ASRM is participating in a Twitter Chat on Infertility. For an hour, representatives from six diverse organizations with expertise in infertility will be tweeting the facts about the condition and answering questions like:  What is infertility?  How is it treated?  How is infertility misunderstood?  How does the infertility affect the lives of patients?

Important Change in CPT Coding for 2015 for Practitioners in the Field of ART

ASRM Announcements January 28, 2015

Until recently, the cryopreservation of mature oocytes has been considered experimental and was reported in CPT using a Category III code.

CDC to Host Grand Round Webcast on Infertility

ASRM Bulletins August 13, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting a Grand Round webcast on the topic of strategies associated with the detection, prevention, and management of infertility. This session will address clinical approaches to improving the safety and efficacy of infertility treatments in an effort to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes.

CDC Releases Final National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility

ASRM Bulletins July 18, 2014

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.

FIGO Committee on Reproductive Medicine Task Force in India

ASRM International Activities May 21, 2012

The FIGO Committee on Reproductive Medicine (FIGO CRM) was established in October, 2009 under the Chairmanship of Dr. David Adamson, (USA). Other Committee members include Siladitya Bhattacharya, Co-chair (UK), John Collins (Canada), Klaus Diedrich (Germany), Silke Dyer (South Africa), Egbert te Velde (Netherlands), Christine Robinson (UK), PC Wong (Singapore) and Fernando Zegers-Hochschild (Chile). The mission of the FIGO CRM is to create access to quality reproductive medical care for women across the world. 


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