Press Releases and Bulletins

ASRM Members to be Recognized for Work on Behalf of Patients and Families

ASRM is proud to acknowledge the Cade Foundation’s recognition of ASRM members, Dr. Michael Thomas, ASRM Vice President; Dr. Arthur Sagoskin, ; and Dr. Louis Weckstein, as Family Building Champions. ASRM also is pleased to note RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s recognition of ASRM member, Dr. Serena Chen, for her outstanding advocacy work for the infertility community. 

New ONC/CMS Rules to Impact Access to Electronic Health Information, Patient Access to Data

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a final rule implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) related to electronic health information blocking, interoperability and the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Cert Program). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also issued a final rule on patient access to data and interoperability.  

ASRM Announces Hugh Taylor, MD as New President

Washington, DC- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is proud to announce Hugh Taylor, MD, of Yale University as our new president. Dr. Taylor is the Anita O'Keeffe Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is also Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology at Yale University. His clinical interests include IVF, infertility, endometriosis, implantation, menopause, uterine anomalies and Asherman's syndrome.

Better obstetric and neonatal outcomes result when gestational carriers come from agencies that follow ASRM guidelines

Washington, DC- Research presented at this year’s Scientific Congress shows that one in four gestational carrier pregnancies in a cohort of 194 did not meet ASRM guidelines. Guidelines are less likely to be followed when a gestational carrier is found through means other than an agency. In this study, 76% of carrier pregnancies were mediated through a surrogacy agency. Non-adherence to these guidelines was associated with an almost 5-fold increase in odds of spontaneous abortion. The most common violated ASRM criteria included women with BMI >35 and age (mostly >45 or <21).

Most patients resumed IVF treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down immediately when able

Washington, D.C.- Research presented at the 2020 Scientific Congress indicates that out of a total of 145 patients planning frozen embryo transfer (FET) and 133 patients planning a fresh cycle, 62% of all patients desired to initiate treatment once COVID-19 restrictions had been eased in May 2020. Among the fresh cycles, there was a trend towards older-age women being more prevalent among those who moved forward. FET cycles using a gestational carrier were more likely to continue delaying treatment.

Telehealth enables physicians to address a broad spectrum of diagnoses related to male infertility

Washington, D.C.- Researchers from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor have found that video visits can be used effectively with established patients to manage a broad spectrum of diagnoses that contribute to male infertility. In this study, 70 video visits between August 21, 2017 to March 17, 2020 were completed by 56 men at the median age of 36 (age 32 - 40); 78.5% were white, and most patients were referred by their primary care provider or their partner’s reproductive endocrinologist (47% and 33%, respectively). Most men were diagnosed with endocrinologic (29%) or anatomic (21%) contributors to infertility (see Table1A in abstract for full diagnostic categories).  

Women with PCOS are prone to sleep disorder leading to risk of anxiety and depression

Washington, DC- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have been shown to be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has been linked to depression and anxiety within the general population. That finding comes from researchers from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, who gave women diagnosed with PCOS and being treated at their clinic from 2017 to 2020 a questionnaire to assess for OSA, depression, and anxiety symptoms.
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