Infertility News from the ASRM Annual Meeting
Once a year, doctors, nurses, lab directors, clinicians, and other professionals in the field of infertility and fertility treatment come together for a professional meeting. The group is called ASRM, American Society of Reproductive Medicine; this year the conference is being held in Boston. And it’s being held this week.
Papers are being presented. Research is being reviewed. Videos are being presented. Prizes based on academic and scientific excellence are being awarded. This is the largest conference in the United States, meeting yearly, to take an in-depth look at infertility and the advances of the last year.
Here is a just a teaser on what we will be hearing from the conference. A highlight. Or two.
BPA and Pregnancy
One, a further statement about plastic and our reproductive health. We’ve been hearing about BPA and pregnancy for years. Maybe some of us still doubt how serious these concerns are, but the scientists don’t question it all that much anymore. They are pretty clear. Here’s what Dr. Linda Giudice, President of ASRM had to say about the studies about BPA (a chemical that is in and released from plastics) presented at the conference. "Many studies on environmental contaminants' impact on reproductive capacity have been focused on infertility patients and it is clear that high levels of exposure affect them negatively," Dr. Linda Giudice, president of ASRM, said in a statement. "These studies extend our observations to the general population and show that these chemicals are a cause for concern to all of us."
Big news as well at the conference about how many IVF births have been achieved since the birth of Louise Brown via IVF success thirty-five years ago.
Births have increased exponentially over the years, according to the research. In 1990, a little more than a decade after the first IVF birth, about 95,000 babies were born. By 2000, that figure had grown to nearly 1 million, and by 2007, it had climbed to more than 2 million.
Aggregating ten international reports tracking the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) the International Committee for the Monitoring of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART) estimates that there have been 5 million babies born with the help of ART.
More ASRM Conference News
Stay tuned for more news from the ASRM conference. We are looking forward to posting information from the RMACT doctors, clinical staff and team members who are attending this year’s conference.
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Infertility reminded me that I had to learn new things all the time. When I was in fertility treatment I learned a new, ever changing and evolving language, discovered new options and found more problems.
There were two things that I learned to do when I was forty four. One was headstand, which took a good two years to figure out.
The other thing I learned was to make coffee. Up until then, I didn't know where the coffee filter went and how much water to use and so on. Since I'm not utterly and completely lazy, this lack of knowledge stemmed from not being a coffee drinker, not counting on someone else to do it.
Therefore, no reason for me to know how to make coffee. One day I decided that making a cup of coffee for my husband occasionallly was a reasonable thing to be able to do. He didn't really care, being the self sufficient guy that he was then and still is now, but still, occasionally it seemed appropriate.
Sometime after successfully breaking the coffee code, the coffee pot got broken. My husband, being both nominally easy going and very frugal, hauled out the french press which was sitting on the highest shelf in our kitchen cupboard, unused for the six years that we had owned it.
For the last three years, our french press has sat on the counter, happily used every single day. It's a dynamic looking piece of low tech technology. It uses no technology, no electricty. There's no timer for it to go on or off and there's not even a way to keep the coffee hot. It does make good coffee though. Even or especially decaff.
Now it turns out there's even more reason than being lazy or cheap to use the french press. Mainly that it affects our fertility and overall health.
Read how one website is describing BPG-A:
BPA (bisphenol-A) is a potentially toxic estrogen-mimicking compound used in plastic production that has been linked to breast cancer, early puberty, infertility, and other maladies.
I like the way that they rate each option of avoiding BPA's with easy, moderate and hard. It puts things into perspective.
The NIH did a study that showed moving to a whole foods diet and away from packaged foods decreased the urine levels of BPA's in the people that participated.
Eating whole foods can be done, although more time consuming, needs more thought and can be more expensive. Living in a home where we eat fresh food as a given, it is also more delicious and satisfying. Easier and harder.
Changing from plastic water bottles, easy. Avoiding all canned foods, even organic ones, harder. Using glass to store foods, easy. Not having the food touch the plastic tops, harder.
Endocrine mimicking compound. Pretty significant if you're trying to get pregnant.
First time that I've seen the french coffee press on the list. Check, easy. All ready doing it. I love that.