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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.  

Income level and education do not have an impact on long-term reproductive outcomes for couples undergoing infertility care

Washington, D.C.- Researchers presenting at this year’s 2020 Scientific Congress have found that socioeconomic status does not negatively impact long-term outcomes in infertile couples seeking to expand their families. In this long-term follow-up of the randomized controlled trial, a survey was administered to couples who were enrolled in the Fast Track and Treatment Trial (FASTT), which investigated time to conception of conventional treatment for unexplained infertility versus a fast track approach in women ages 21-39 years. 

When the economy is down and unemployment is up, many couples are unable to access fertility care to expand families

Washington, D.C.- To better understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession may be having on demand for fertility services in the US, researchers from Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital and Extend Fertility in New York City recently studied the 2008 economic crisis’s effect on such services. The findings revealed a direct connection between unemployment and fertility care access.

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of experiencing delivery-related child birth complications and cardiovascular disease after menopause

Washington, D.C.- A population-based study of 9.1 million births from 2004 to 2014 found that women with the hormonal disorder polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at an increased risk of experiencing delivery-related complications, including cesarean delivery, infections, and giving birth to a child with congenital anomalies.  

ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Releases Update #9 to Recommendations

The current update by the ASRM Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force (the “Task Force”) continues to affirm the recommendations presented in Update No. 3 (American Society for Reproductive Medicine Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - Update No. 3, April 24, 2020), which were further elaborated upon in Update Nos. 4-8. Collectively, these updates recommend the judicious resumption of the delivery of reproductive care, with the use of careful preventive measures, such as the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing measures. Given the continued presence of COVID-19 cases in much of the United States (U.S.), these strategies continue to be critical in managing this ongoing pandemic.

ASRM Task Force Announces Plans for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Reproductive Medicine

The Task Force will provide recommendations to the ASRM President, Board of Directors (BOD), and CEO regarding enhancing opportunities to increase and support diversity and equity, and inclusion of underrepresented minority populations, in the profession and leadership of reproductive medicine; and reducing, with the goal of eventually eliminating, health disparities in access and outcomes to reproductive care.

ASRM Pens Open Letter Defending Public Health Agencies and Experts

Washington, DC- Today The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, concerned about growing attacks on public health agencies from politicians, released an open letter urging that those agencies and the experts who work for them be listened to rather than attacked. Politicians seem determined to punish these experts for their knowledge and the data they collect instead of following their sound advice. The text of the letter is below. 

ASRM Opposes Supreme Court Decision on Contraception

As the voice of America’s reproductive medical professionals, we are disheartened by today’s decision from the Supreme Court, which allows a woman’s employer to single out contraception as a healthcare benefit they do not offer. The original terms of the Affordable Care Act allowed for reasonable accommodation of religious views. However, the Trump administration, and now the Supreme Court, have chosen to allow any employer for any reason to claim a religious exemption to contraceptive coverage.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Applauds Supreme Court Abortion Decision

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) applauds today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold its binding ruling from Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In the ruling, the Supreme Court said the law mandating that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, was unconstitutional. The decision appropriately recognizes the impact of access to abortion and is a victory for reproductive justice and gender equality in America.

NIH Addresses COVID-19 Challenges - Launches RADx Initiative

Before the nation can safely return to business as usual, it is essential to develop and deliver effective and reliable COVID-19 testing and then implement it widely so that it is available to everyone. NIH is rising to this challenge through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative — a national call for scientists and organizations to advance their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Recognizes Juneteenth as Holiday

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed them almost two and a half years earlier, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, so enforcement of the proclamation was slow to take effect. In light of recent tragic events and the need to recognize the culture of systemic racism in our nation, ASRM offices will be closed tomorrow.

SART Releases Podcast Series for Those Trying to Build a Family

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), is pleased to announce the release of its Fertility Experts Podcast Series. For those with questions about fertility and infertility, each 25-minute episode offers the insights of a variety of accomplished fertility specialists. They address a range of topics related to fertility testing, treatment, and the challenges of building a family.

ASRM Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Update #5

The world has been suffering a pandemic of a proportion not previously experienced in this century, with higher infectivity and mortality than previous epidemics. While acknowledging that infertility is a serious disease that requires treatment in a timely manner, in its recommendations of March 17, 2020 and in the subsequent Updates, No. 1 and No. 2, the ASRM Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force (the “Task Force”) recognized the need to delay any but the most urgent of reproductive care cases. This was necessary as the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic, its viral transmission rate, its impact on reproductive well-being and pregnancy, and the ability of health systems to cope were yet unknown, at least in the U.S. 

Reproductive Medical Societies Release Joint Statement on COVID-19

The three major professional societies leading infertility and reproductive medicine today issued aon providing infertility care during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) developed the guidance document entitled COVID-19 and Human Reproduction.

ASRM Asks State Department for an International Travel Exemption for Newborns Born via Gestational Carriers During COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting limited but critical exceptions to sweeping travel restrictions that have directly impacted families whose dreams of parenthood hinge on the ability to travel and connect with their surrogates. Currently, nine out of 10 people are living in countries that have closed their borders due to COVID-19.  

Advocates From 50 States to Participate in First Virtual Federal Advocacy Day

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM (the American Society for Reproductive Medicine) are partnering to host their annual Federal Advocacy Day as a virtual event on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. More than 400 advocates from all 50 states will meet virtually with members of Congress and their staff to discuss the physical, emotional, and financial impact of infertility and reproductive care.

ASRM Joins Amicus Briefs Opposing Abortion Restrictions in Several States

In recent weeks, a number of states have introduced measures (such as Executive Orders) to restrict access to abortion care and have justified said actions on the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. ASRM has joined fellow national leaders and experts in the medical community – including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA) – in opposing such restrictions by joining several amicus briefs.

ASRM Recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week

Even during this national health crisis, ASRM is committed to highlighting National Infertility Awareness Week (April 19-25) and honoring those with infertility who are struggling to build a family. NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010.

Reproductive Medical Society provides free on-line education to members during COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that to date, it has provided more than $500,000 worth of free education to its members via its airLEARNINGtm program.  ASRM has made its certification courses available free of charge to all members during the global COVID-19 shut down.  The Society offers certificate courses in andrology, embryology, nursing and mental health. 

ASRM Joins Amicus Brief to Oppose Texas Restrictions on Abortion

On April 3rd, ASRM joined a coalition of several national medical groups, led by ACOG, on an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit opposing an order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott demanding that abortion procedures be delayed or cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemicThe Attorney General’s decision, currently being considered on an emergency basis by the Supreme Court, would impose criminal and other penalties on medical professionals for providing such care.  

ASRM Joins CMSS in Calling for Safer Working Conditions for Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Patient Care

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has put its support behind a statement, released by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) representing more than 800,000 physicians across 45 specialties, strongly urging action to ensure safer working conditions for physicians, other clinicians, and all healthcare workers on the frontline of direct patient care in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

State Policy Updates

ASRM would like to share some good news for New Yorkers in the midst of such an unprecedented, challenging time. Today, the New York State Legislature will pass the 2020 state budget which will include the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA). As many of you know, the effort to overturn NY’s ban on gestational carrier contracts has been in the works for quite some time. 

COVID-19 Small Business Loan Information and Resources

As the federal government and nearly every state and municipality actively work to put in place programs to support businesses such as yours in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, ASRM is keeping an eye out for you and weighing in, as appropriate, with key authorities and decision-makers. 

Here are just a few of the opportunities available to you to receive financial support and assistance at this challenging time. 

ASRM Issues New Guidance on Fertility Care During COVID-19 Pandemic: Calls for Suspension of Most Treatments

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the global leader in reproductive medicine, today issues new guidance for its members as they manage patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Developed by an expert Task Force, of physicians, embryologists, and mental health professionals, the new document recommends suspension of new, non-urgent treatments.

ASRM Announces Creation Of COVID-19 Task Force

A new strain of corona virus emerged in China in late 2019, producing a respiratory infection, that can severe consequences, including death, especially in the older population. COVID-19, as the disease is now known, has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. There have been over 100,000 cases throughout the world and the WHO expects the virus to emerge in every country.

NIH Seeking Feedback on NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

NIH has requested public input on a framework for the 2021-2025 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, which will build on the earlier NIH-Wide Strategic Plan to guide NIH’s research efforts over the next five years. We encourage members to submit comments, which are due March 25, on the RFI submission site, and ask that you bring to ASRM’s timely attention any matters you deem of critical importance for our awareness as we prepare our own comments.

SART and ASRM Issue Advice for Infertility Patients Concerning the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Patients, including prospective oocyte and sperm donors, as well as gestational carriers, who meet the diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 infection should avoid becoming pregnant. If they are undergoing active infertility treatment, we suggest that these patients consider freezing all oocytes or embryos and avoiding an embryo transfer until they are disease-free.

FDA Message on Coronavirus

The FDA continues to work closely with CDC and other federal and international agencies to monitor the evolving outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

ASRM Joins Brief in Missouri Abortion Rights Case

ASRM has joined several leading national medical and public health organizations including AMA and ACOG, on an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of Reproductive Health Serices of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Regional, et al. V. Governor Michael L. Parson, et al.

New Jersey Strengthens Coverage for Infertility Treatment by Adding Fertility Preservation Law

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a fertility preservation mandate (S2133) into law today as part of a legislative package fighting New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis. This makes New Jersey the ninth state to pass a fertility preservation statute. This bill was intended to strengthen the 2017 update to New Jersey’s IVF mandate. The new law applies to health insurance policies and contracts that are delivered, renewed, extended, or modified in the state by any hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health service corporation, health maintenance organization, or group health insurance policy with more than 50 people, as well as state and school employee’s health benefits commission.

Court Strikes Down Trump Administration Refusal of Care Rule

This week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down a Trump administration rule that would have allowed health care workers- ranging from physicians and nurses to receptionists and EMTs-  to deny patient care if it conflicted with their  personal religious or moral beliefs and would have allowed them to withhold referral to another provider with no such objections.

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.

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