American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. It provides a forum for lay public, researchers, physicians and affiliated health workers through education, publications, and meetings. The Society has its headquarters in Birmingham, AL and a public affairs office in Washington, DC.[1]

History and activities[edit]

Founded in 1944 by a small group of fertility experts who met in Chicago, its initial name was the American Society for the Study of Sterility and then the American Fertility Society (AFS). Though primarily an American organization, it now has members from over 100 countries worldwide.[2] Key activities are the annual Scientific Congress & Expo that brings together several thousand interested professionals from different countries, as well as courses, seminars, workshops and publications. Special interest groups are focused on assisted reproductive technology, andrology, reproductive surgery, contraception, menopause, genetic counseling, business practices, reproductive endocrinology, sexuality, adolescent endocrinology, reproductive nursing, reproductive biology, mental health, imaging techniques, laboratory techniques, fertility preservation, nutrition, and reproductive immunology. ASRM has an Ethics Committee that provides guidance on ethical issues.[3][4] The ASRM Practice Committee issues clinical guidelines and reports.[5] Its statements and actions are closely followed by the media.[6][7] The European counterpart of ASRM is ESHRE.

World Health Organization NGO Status[edit]

In May 2014, the ASRM joined into official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO).[8]

“Illness is not limited by political boundaries. It is vital that we work with our colleagues from all over the world to improve the care of reproductive disorders. We are anxious to work with governments and other NGO's as we all strive to improve global reproductive health. Patients the world over deserve access to the best care possible. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is clear that this cannot happen by nations acting alone,” stated Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH, then Acting President of the ASRM.


Publications of the ASRM include [9] -

Notable Presidents and Members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ASRM – About". Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  2. ^ a b c Duka, Walter E.; DeCherney, Alan H. (1994-01-01). From the Beginning: A History of The American Fertility Society, 1944-1994 (1st ed.). American Fertility Society: Birmingham, Alabama.
  3. ^ "Embryo battles are likely to get a precedent in San Francisco couple's case". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  4. ^ "Report documents gaps in infertility treatment access". Urology Times. Archived from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  5. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2012-10-19). "Freezing Your Eggs Is No Longer Experimental. But It's Still Not the Path to Having It All". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  6. ^ Markowicz, Karol (2015-09-21). "Thank you for sharing your fertility struggles, Tyra and Chrissy". New York Post. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  7. ^ "'Octomom' doctor expelled from fertility group -". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  8. ^ "WHO | Infertility". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  9. ^ "ASRM – Publications". Archived from the original on 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
  10. ^ O'connor, Anahad (2005-03-28). "Georgeanna S. Jones, In Vitro Conception Pioneer, Dies at 92". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-30.

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