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Our Safety Net Is Failing the Impoverished Women Who Need Birth Control

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 14, 2014

“The number of women needing publicly funded contraceptive services has skyrocketed over the last decade,” Rachel Gold, Guttmacher’s acting vice president for public policy, said in a statement regarding the findings. “But public funding sources — such as the federal Title X program and state revenues — are failing to keep pace with women’s growing needs.”

Cancer Linked to Menopause Drug in New Report

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 13, 2014

Popular menopause drugs made in part from estrogen found in the urine of pregnant horses have caused breast cancer in thousands of Canadian women, according to allegations in a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society’s top epidemiologist.

The Health Benefits of Sex

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 13, 2014

Researchers haven't yet nailed down the full impact of sex on one's overall health, though various experts have listed potential benefits.

After Childhood Cancer, Young Women's Sexual Health May Suffer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 13, 2014

Adult women who survived cancer as a child report having less sex, less interest, less desire and less satisfaction than their sisters who never had cancer, according to a new study.

Dissolving Tampons Deliver HIV Drugs (and Maybe Contraception, Too)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 11, 2014

University of Washington researchers have come up with a whole new way to deliver HIV-killing microbicides: a dissolving tampon.

Couple That Fought to Ban Medical Procedure After Wife's Cancer Looks Back at Year of Changes

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 08, 2014

Noorchashm, a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and his wife Dr. Amy Reed, a certified-anesthesiologist, spearheaded a campaign last fall to ban the practice of using laparoscopic power morcellation in the removal of uterine fibroids or the uterus due to possible cancer risks.

Women Have More Options for Relieving Menopausal Symptoms

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 07, 2014

More than 15 years after Viagra hit the market and former Sen. Bob Dole brought the term "erectile dysfunction" into American living rooms, hot flashes and vaginal dryness - along with the other symptoms of menopause - are starting to get their due.

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."

Female Veterans' High Risk of Sexual Assault Affects Fertility and Reproductive Decision-Making

Press Releases May 30, 2014

Women veterans in the United States are at high risk of sexual assault throughout their lifetimes and  especially during their military service.  Exposure to sexual assault increases the likelihood that they will delay, forego, or terminate a pregnancy and may increase their risk of infertility.

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