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Jury May Still Be out on Caffeine Use During Pregnancy

Philadelphia, PA – The ongoing debate about the safety of caffeine use during pregnancy got another data point today at the 75th Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. A team at the National Institutes of Health presented a study showing that the use of any level of caffeine, particularly during the first eight weeks of pregnancy, may increase the risk of pregnancy loss.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Chromosomal Defects Improves IVF Outcomes in Patients with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Philadelphia, PA- In the largest study to date examining the usefulness of preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), for patients with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), Rutgers researchers report that PGT-A is associated with significant improvements in live birth, clinical pregnancy, and spontaneous abortion rates, especially in women over the age of 35.

ICSI Smoothie? Cocktail of Beetroot, Watermelon and Ginger Juice Show Promise in Helping Infertility Treatments

Philadelphia, PA – A study of nearly 300 infertility patients undergoing Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) were enrolled in a clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of certain nutritional supplements. The investigators found that the patients receiving the supplements had increased embryo implantation rates, higher clinical pregnancy rates and lower miscarriage rates than those in the control group.

Medical Society to Move Headquarters Out of Alabama

Washington, DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a major medical association celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, announced today it was moving its main headquarters from Birmingham, AL to Washington DC. The move comes in reaction to new laws in Alabama restricting access to reproductive medical services.

ASRM 75th Anniversary Gala SOLD OUT

The ASRM 75th Anniversary Gala to be held in Philadelphia on October 13th is completely sold out.

We look forward to this very special event. If you were unable to get a ticket for this year’s gala, stay tuned for information on a similar event at the ASRM 2020 Scientific Congress & Expo in Portland.

ASRM Announces Research Awards

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine today announced its 2019 ASRM Research Grants. The grants provide funds in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000 to foster the development of innovative research, to facilitate the research endeavors of new investigators, and to provide bridge funding for projects that advance the Society’s mission. Proposals from junior faculty, particularly those in their first three years of faculty appointment, received priority in the competitive review by the ASRM Research Committee. 

 

New Hampshire Expands Fertility Coverage to Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

On August 1st, Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire signed SB 279 into law. This bill, passed by the legislature in late June, will expand insurance coverage for fertility care by requiring employer-sponsored plans to cover the care as well as the storage of sperm, eggs and embryos for the length of the policy. Group plans will also be required to cover fertility preservation for patients who must undergoe medically necessary treatment that may cause iatrogenic infertility. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2020.

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act with Language Addressing Infertility in Servicewomen; Rep. Scott Introduces Fibroid Awareness Resolution

On July 12th, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 by a vote of 220-197. The House version of the NDAA includes language calling for a Study on Infertility Among Members of the Armed Forces no later than 180 days after enactment. The findings will then be reported back to the members of the House Committee on Armed Services. The study will assess the number of members of the Armed Forces serving as of the date of the study who are diagnosed with common causes of infertility, such as: 

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