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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.

Irregular or Extra Long Periods May Portend a Shorter Life Span

Philadelphia, PA- Abnormal menstrual cycle characteristics- irregularity and extra-long cycle length- are associated with greater risk of mortality according to a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 75th Scientific Congress and Expo.  In a prospective cohort study, researchers from Harvard and Tongji Medical College in China teamed up to analyze data on 93,775 women, followed for the years 1991 to 2013 as part of the Nurses Health Study II.

Early Life Exposures Impact the Odds of an Endometriosis Diagnosis

Philadelphia, PA--  New results from The Women’s Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood (A2A)  presented at ASRM’s 75th annual Scientific Congress and Expo reveal that in addition to having a hereditary component, the odds a young woman will be diagnosed with endometriosis are influenced by early life exposures, like whether or not she was  breastfed or if her parents smoked during pregnancy or around their children.

ASRM Announces New President

Philadelphia, PA- ASRM is excited to announce our new President, Catherine Racowsky Ph.D., HCLD. Dr. Racowsky is currently the Director of the ART Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School. She served as ASRM’s secretary for eleven years before transitioning to Vice President.

Egg Donors Report Good Long-Term Physical Health Status and Satisfaction with their Experience

Philadelphia, PA- Researchers shared results today, at the 75th Annual Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, that most egg donors surveyed  reported positive feelings about their donation experience and continuing good health years after their donation.  Dr. Jennifer Blackmore and her colleagues analyzed responses to an anonymous survey completed by 36 egg donors who donated between 2008 and 2019 at New York University’s Langone Fertility Center. 

Men, Seriously. What Are You Thinking?

Philadelphia, PA- A preliminary analysis of results from an online survey show that men in the United States know somewhat less about fertility and infertility treatment than women do and are particularly optimistic- or confused- when it comes to what they think they know about female fertility and age.

Revised Guidelines Expanding Single Embryo Transfer Guidelines Result in Fewer Multiple Births at the Clinic Level and the National Level, Without a Decline in Live Birth Rates

Philadelphia, PA- Today, at the 75th Annual Scientific Congress and Expo of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center presented results from a retrospective cohort study in which they compared Assisted Reproductive Technology outcomes in women under 38 years of age from the two years before and the two years after the 2017 revision of the ASRM/SART embryo transfer recommendations. The data showed a significant reduction in the number of embryos transferred and in twin pregnancy rates, but no reduction in over all live birth rates after the new recommendations were published and implemented. 

The Higher the Motile Sperm Count, the Greater the Number of Historical Kinfolk; Sperm Quality Measure May Be Heritable

Philadelphia, PA- Utah researchers presented a study today at ASRM’s 75th Scientific Congress and Expo showing that there is a relationship between a man’s total motile sperm count (TMC) as a marker of fertility, and the number of offspring his ancestors had through several generations. The better an individual’s TMC, the more children his ancestors had.

Racial Disparities in Fertility Care Persist

Philadelphia, PA – Research presented today at the 75th Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine showed that while there had been a slight uptick in the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) among African American women over the last decade, significant disparities remain.

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. 

 

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