Infertility News from the ASRM Annual Meeting

ASRM Annual MeetingOnce 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."

IVF Success

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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Topics: ASRM, News, BPA, Fertility Treatment

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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