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Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: May 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics this month include risk of ovarian cancer after BSO in women with endometriosis (1:14); infertility care during public health crises (11:53); effectiveness and safety of IUI (21:54); COVID-19 immunity on FET outcomes (33:18); effect of unilateral oopherectomy on IVF outcomes (39:30); genetic abnormalities in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss (45:13); steroid biosynthesis in poor responders (51:15); and route of myomectomy and fertility outcomes (58:32).

View the May 2022 issue of Fertility and Sterility, Volume 117, No. 5 at https://www.fertstert.org/issue/S0015-0282(21)X0019-2 

SART Fertility Experts - Gestational Carrier and Intended Parents

Some fertility patients are unable to carry a pregnancy to term.  For a variety of reasons, they may choose a gestational carrier, a woman who carries the intended parent’s embryo in their uterus until delivery.  In this episode, both the intended parents and gestational carrier share their experiences with Dr. William Petok, a reproductive psychologist.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: April 2022

In this month's Fertility and Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at articles from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month are: use of follicular phase estradiol for programming donor oocyte cycles (1:34), evaluating models to predict prognosis in recurrent pregnancy loss (12:03), and two studies about the cyclic fertilin peptide, which can improve blastocyst formation (20:03).

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: April 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include evaluting telehealth a valuable resource in REI (2:25), the Rotterdam criteria (6:34), impact of THC on testicular volume and male reproductive health in rhesus macaques (8:52), Lessons learned after pandemic & use of ART for sex selection for non-medical reasons (13:13), machine learning for euploid predication (22:47), follicular activation for DOR (34:05), placental pathology from ART conceived infants (40:38), optimal endometrial thickness in fresh and frozen IVF cycles (50:05), fresh embryo transfer following in-vitro semination in fresh vs cryopreserved anonymous donor oocytes (1:00:57) and uterine fibroids and AMH concentrations in African-American women (1:07:51).

SART Fertility Experts - LBGTQ Fertility

With more available options for family building for the LGBTQ community, two women describe their experience with reciprocal IVF. Lauren and Lisa share the story of their personal journey to become parents in this captivating interview.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: March 2022


In Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month are: the effect of estrogen therapy on spermatogenesis in transgender women (00:52), time to menses resumption after tesosterone cessation in a transgender mouse model (11:35), and a systemic review and meta-analysis comparing live birth rate for ICSI to conventional IVF (20:21).

SART Fertility Experts - Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that can affect many facets of a person’s life, from pelvic pain to struggles with infertility. Listen as Christine discusses her experiences during her journey to motherhood with Dr. Joseph Findley, a reproductive endocrinologist and member of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: March 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics this month include predictors for establishing care and patient perception after abnormal semen testing (1:28), the new ASRM Committee Opinion on multiple gestation associated with infertility (6:19), TESE sperm characteristics and impact on ICSI outcome (14:50), an AI model for ranking pictures of blastocyst embryos (19:18), perinatal outcomes of singleton live births after PGT using propensity score matching (34:33), impact of FET cycle regimen on birth weight (40:55), relugolix vs leuprolide for endometriosis-associated related pain (47:47) and endometrial scratching for unassisted conception (53:18).

SART Fertility Experts - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Candace discusses her experience with infertility, IVF, multiple pregnancy losses and ultimately a successful delivery with Dr. Julia Woodward, a reproductive psychologist. Hear their strategies for coping with the grief, anger and anxiety that many patients endure.

Fertility and Sterility On Air - Unplugged: February 2022

In Fertility and Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of Fertility and Sterility's sister journals! Topics this month are all things anti-mullerian hormone (AMH): whether AMH can predict live births in patients over 40 (1:38), how to use- and not misuse- AMH in practice (9:39), and studying the effects of AMH in non-human primates (18:14). 

ASRM Today Bonus: Surgical Legends

Join ASRM Today for a special bonus series, Surgical Legends – On the Shoulders of Giants: Perspectives in Minimally Invasive Reproductive Surgery. Crafted by the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS), each episode will be an in-depth interview with a distinguished pioneer of reproductive surgery. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy what we think are valuable lessons about our history, sparking innovation, and newer surgical applications of reproductive surgery.

SART Fertility Experts - PCOS

As the most common hormonal disorder in women, PCOS is a disruptive problem that impacts many aspects of a woman’s health including getting pregnant.  In this episode, Brittany discusses how PCOS has affected her life and shares the story of her challenging journey to parenthood, with Dr. Mark Trolice, a reproductive endocrinologist. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air - TOC: February 2022

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include updates in male infertility (1:05), ICSI for non-male factor infertility (5:46), sperm quality & absence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA after infection (15:12), examination of dietary parameters and semen parameters in men (21:13), concordance rates of PGT-seq with initial trophectoderm biopsy (31:10), an IVF outcome prediction model (39:24), factors affecting eggs from egg banks vs programmed egg donors (50:48), BCL6 expression and live birth outcomes (60:30) and an SREI report on the gender gap and practice patterns in REI (1:03:40).

SART Fertility Experts - Egg Donor and Recipient

Yuki describes her challenges with infertility and pathway to parenthood through egg donation with Dr. Cristin Slater, a reproductive endocrinologist.  Listen as they discuss the process of selecting a donor and her outlook on family building with donor eggs. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air – Unplugged: January 2022

In Fertility & Sterility: Unplugged, we take a look at an article from each of F&S's sister journals! Topics this month include blastocyst development with in vitro spermatids from embryonic stem cells (2:07), SARS-CoV2 spike protein seropositivity and impact on fertility (11:25) and GnRH agonist vs hCG for ovulation triggering during COS (20:19).

SART Fertility Experts - Male Factor

Infertility is not just a female problem. Dan candidly shares his journey with both diagnosis and treatment of male infertility with Dr. Paul Lin, Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Learn how he coped and supported his partner through the treatment process. 

SART Fertility Experts - Elective Fertility Preservation

Ellen was single and in the early years of a long and demanding surgical training program.  She knew she wanted a family someday. Listen to her story as she shares her journey to parenthood with the help of egg and embryo freezing with Dr. Kelly Lynch, a reproductive endocrinologist. 

Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: January 2022


Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include the shortcomings of vaginal progesterone (1:20), common practices among high-performing IVF clinics (2:58), optimizing natural fertility (18:25), sperm chromatin dispersion assay (22:11), effect of depression on semen quality (30:50), individualized luteal support in FET (35:05), IV acetaminophen for pain control during egg retrieval (42:44), future pregnancy outcomes in couples with RPL (49:30) and a follow-up of the FASTT trial (54:55).

ASRM Today: Fertility Preservation Month – Adolescents and Oncoferility

It is Fertility Preservation Month, and today on the show we are discussing Oncofertility and Adolescents. Our gusts today are Dr. Abby Taylor, who is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Scott Borinstein, who is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Sarcoma Program, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, and Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, also at Vanderbilt.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: December 2021

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include recurrent implantation failure (2:05), changes in worldwide sperm counts (11:40) epigenetic changes from fresh vs frozen cycles (19:22), neonatal & infant mortality in IVF (27:47), sperm DNA fragmentation (41:06) and c-section scar ectopics (48:59).

RE-BROADCAST ASRM Today Book Review: Aroused: the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything with Dr. Randi Epstein

On this episode of the book review we are talking with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, who is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing often appears in the New York times, her latest book which we are going to get into today is Aroused: the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.

ASRM Today: Gestational Carriers and the Law with Rachel Loftspring

Today on the show we are talking about the law concerning gestational carrier arrangements. Our guest is Rachel Loftspring. Rachel is an attorney with Essig & Evans LLP, working exclusively in Fertility Law. She counsels intended parents and gestational carriers on the legal aspects of their collaborative reproduction journey so they can focus on what matters most: building their family. Rachel’s clients are from the United States and around the world, and include singles and couples of all sexual orientation.

 

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: November 2021

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include mosaic embryos diagnostics and counseling (02:40), machine learning for personalized cycles (10:41), a look at ASRM's new practice committee documents on the new Mullerian classifications and the general fertility evaluation, as well as their committee opinion on obesity and reproduction (26:11), sperm DNA fragmentation (38:47), aneuploidy in recurrent implantation failure (43:10), BMI and recurrent pregnancy loss (50:26), maternal morbidity in infertile patients (54:14).

ASRM Today: The New ASRM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force with Michael Thomas

"I'm not seeing a patient who is Asian. I'm not seeing a patient who is Hispanic. I'm not seeing a patient who is of African descent. And it may not necessarily hit you [that] a lot of times you aren't seeing them because of the fact that they can't get to the door - either because they can't afford your services or because there is a stigma in their community for infertility services." - Michael Thomas, M.D.

Fertility and Sterility On Air – TOC: October 2021


Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics include transgender reproductive care (01:35), surgical management of intramural fibroids (08:19), TESE for nonazoospermic male factor infertility (15:26), COVID-19 screening and cycle outcomes (19:02), ectopic pregnancy biomarkers (27:37), ambient temperature and ovarian reserve (36:38), national oocyte thaw outcomes (45:16) and using AMH to determine PCOM (52:01).

ASRM Today: Ovarian Cancer Awareness with Dr. Terri Woodard

It's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and today on the program our guest is Dr. Terri Woodard, who is an associate professor in the Department of Gynecological Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She holds a joint appointment in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children Hospital Pavilion for Women.

ASRM Today Book Review: It’s Time You Knew: The Power of Your Choices to Prevent Women’s Cancer with author Dr. Valena Wright


On this episode of the ASRM Today Book Review, our guest is Valena Wright, M.D., a women’s wellness expert and board-certified gynecologic oncologist at Beth Israel Lahey Health and Hospital in Boston, MA with over 25 years of experience. She has been recognized numerous times by Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctors List, Boston Magazine, North Shore Magazine and as an Exceptional Women in Medicine. She teaches as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN at Boston University School of Medicine . Her book is It’s Time You Knew: The Power of Your Choices to Prevent Women’s Cancer.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: September 2021

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include male factor infertility (02:10), practice committee guidelines on egg donation & number of embryos to transfer (07:02), progesterone supplementation (16:20), ART & the risk of stillbirth (22:24), perinatal outcomes of pregnancies in SARS-CoV2 infected women (28:45), biomarkers for miscarriages (33:02), fetal echosonography in IVF pregnancies (39:02), Fragile-X genetics and primary ovarian insufficiency (45:15), redefining chronic endometritis (47:39), and the use of virtual interviews for REI fellowships (52:34).

ASRM Today: PCOS Awareness Month with Dr. Anuja Dokras


It is PCOS Awareness month, and here to talk about it with us is Dr. Anuja Dokras. Dr. Dokras is Director, Penn Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Center; Medical Director, Reproductive Surgical Facility; Director, Penn Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Program; Chair, Gynecology Team, Women's Health Service Line; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

ASRM Today: Fibroids in the Latina/Latinx Community with Dr. Ruben Alvero

Today on the show we are discussing Fibroids in the Latina/Latinx community. Joining me is Dr. Ruben Alvero, who is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford Medical School and is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons.

ASRM Today Book Review - Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything with Dr. Randi Epstein

In this book review we are talking with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, who is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing often appears in the New York times. Her latest book, which we are discussing today is Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: August 2021

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include disparities in the field of reproductive endocrinology, embryonic epigenetics, impact of paternal age on donor oocyte outcomes, BMI association with euploidy rate, endometrial receptivity proposensity scores, and graduate student knowledge of egg-freezing!

ASRM Today: SRS/SREI Surgical Boot Camp with Dr. John Petrozza



On this episode we are talking about the upcoming SRS/SREI Surgical Bootcamp with Dr. John Petrozza, division chief of Reproductive Medicine and IVF and director of MGH Integrated Fibroid Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and President for the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.

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ASRM Today: Donor Anonymity

It is reproductive rights and freedoms month and on the show today we have a discussion about donor anonymity. Joining us to talk about donor anonymity is Gina Davis, founder of advocate genetics, who is a multi-state licensed, board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine.

SART Fertility Experts - Financial Aspects of Infertility Treatment

“I know what treatment I want and need to do, but how can I afford it?”  This is a common question infertility patients often ask themselves on the path to parenthood.  Due to the expense of treatment, managing cost is a key factor for patients. In this episode, Dr. Brooke Rossi interviews Brad Senstra, an executive director of a large infertility program, about financial topics, such as cost of infertility treatment and IVF, insurance coverage, financing, and other options.

SART Fertility Experts - Infertility Advocacy and Government Affairs.

In today's episode, Dr. Mark Trolice interviews Sean Tipton, ASRM's Chief Advocacy and Policy Officer. Many infertility patients do not have insurance coverage for treatment. Currently, nearly 40% of states in the U.S. have mandates for some form of infertility coverage but there are limitations and not all include IVF, fertility preservation, the LGBTQ population and veterans of the military. In this episode, we discuss the current landscape of infertility insurance coverage, the hurdles to obtain state and/or national mandated coverage, and methods of advocacy for both patients and doctors to improve coverage. Learn – Why the challenge? Who can make a difference? What’s the price to pay?

ASRM Today: Resident Education In REI

This month we are celebrating what it is to be ASRM, and for today’s episode we are discussing resident education in REI with Dr. Molly Quinn who is in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Ronald Reagan, UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, and Dr. Kathleen Devine, Director of Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Shady Grove Fertility in Washington, D.C.  She is also an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and is on the faculty for the NIH in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: July 2021

Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility & Sterility! Topics this month include biomarkers for ectopic pregnancies, perinatal outcomes in singleton IVF pregnancies over 24 years, new data on endometrial thickness, and new documents from the Practice & Ethics Committee!

SART Fertility Experts - Behind the Scenes in the IVF Lab

Dr. Sanjita Jindal, Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Laboratory Director at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health helps patients understand the importance of the IVF lab when choosing an IVF program.  She also explains the rigorous training of embryologists, laboratory safety, as well as identification and cryo-storage of eggs, sperm and embryos in the lab.  From eggs to embryos, the lab’s essential role in the IVF process is explained here. 

ASRM Today: LGBTQ+ Issues in Reproductive Medicine

It's Pride Month and today we are discussing LGBTQ+ issues in reproductive medicine. Joining us today is Dr. Mark Leondires, who is Medical Director and Founder RMA of Connecticut, and Founder of Gay Parents To Be, and Dr. Molly Moravek an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Department of Urology at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan.

SART Fertility Experts - Your Infertility Nurse: Partner in Your Care

Infertility nurse practitioner and health coach Monica Moore explains the essential role of the infertility nurse in the IVF process.  Topics include learning how to give injections but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-care during the IVF process.  She also offers strategies for managing stress, effective communication with your care team, and managing expectations during the IVF process.

Fertility and Sterility On Air– TOC: June 2021


Take a sneak peak at this month's Fertility and Sterility! Topics include new insights in male sterilization, obesity and risk of a euploid embryo miscarriage, endometrial preparation in frozen embryo transfers, as well as a look into three new Practice Committee documents for infertility providers.

SART Fertility Experts - Genetics and IVF

Genetics is a significant part of advanced reproductive technology screening. Genetic counselors serve an essential role in the process.  In this episode, Jenna Miller, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor, and Dr. Cristin Slater, explain what preconceptual genetic carrier screening is and discuss preconception genetic testing (PGT) of embryos. Genomic testing indications, pros & cons, implications, and results, are also reviewed.

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