News and Research

Do You Really Need That Pelvic Exam

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 13, 2015

It’s the latest battle over screening: Should healthy women skip annual pelvic exams?A controversial recommendation last year by the American College of Physicians, which represents the nation’s internists, strongly urged that doctors stop routinely performing the invasive exam on women without symptoms and who are not pregnant.

This Baby Surrounded by Syringes Is A Beautiful But Painful Reminder of What IVF Is Really Like

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 13, 2015

If you've ever tried to conceive by undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), then you know the dedication, patience, and resilience that goes into the process.

Request For Applications: Collaborative Research in Genomics, Epigenomics, and Bioinformatics in Gynecologic Health and Disease (R21)

NIH Announcements October 09, 2015

The purpose of this FOA is to encourage the application of state-of-the-art genomic and epigenomic technologies to address select gynecologic health issues.

Request for Information (RFI): Future Directions in Gynecologic Health and Disease Research

NIH Announcements October 09, 2015

This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) from the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB) of NICHD. The GHDB is working to develop priorities for the next decade of gynecologic health and disease (GHD) research. To help inform this process, we seek input from the public on the current state of the science, the highest priorities moving forward, and potential conceptual or technical barriers to overcome.

ASRM Submits Comments on Proposed 2017 State Benchmark Health Plans

ASRM Bulletins October 09, 2015

Last week, ASRM submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on the proposed state benchmark health plans for 2017.

Father of In-vitro Fertilization Delivers Final Story of Medicine, Love

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

Always known for his prodigious work habits, Dr. Howard Jones Jr. is still producing two months after his death.His last book - "Howard & Georgeanna - Sixty Years of Marriage & Medicine" - has just been released on, the tale of the courtship and married years of Jones and his wife, Georgeanna Seegar Jones.Together, they formed an in vitro fertilization program at Eastern Virginia Medical School that led to the country's first IVF baby.

More US Women May Now Get IUD Minutes After Giving Birth

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

A new study shows that increased insurance coverage in more states is making contraception, particularly in the form of an intrauterine device (IUD), more available among women at the hospital right after delivery.

Common Gene Variant May Raise Miscarriage Risk, Study Finds

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 09, 2015

Scientists report that a common gene variant may be linked to both early pregnancy loss and failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The variant in a woman's genome, which causes errors in the cell replication process, is strongly associated with risk of aneuploidy -- an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, the researchers said. But they did not prove that the variant causes pregnancy problems.

Halt Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women After MI

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Hormone therapy might be protective in postmenopausal women during a first myocardial infarction (MI), but could increase the risk — and severity — of a second, results from an observational Finnish study suggest.

Gene Studies Shed Light on Women’s Reproductive Health

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 08, 2015

Genetics has revolutionized the study of women’s cancers. Now a woman can swab her cheek and learn whether she’s at an elevated risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. And if she does find a lump in her chest, that woman can take another genetic test to determine whether she’s a good candidate for targeted drug therapy.