American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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American Society for Reproductive Medicine
American Society for Reproductive Medicine Logo.jpg
Formation1944; 77 years ago (1944)
HeadquartersWashington, DC
Catherine Racowsky[1]
Ricardo Azziz[2]
Formerly called
American Society for the Study of Sterility, American Fertility Society (AFS)

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The society has its headquarters in Birmingham, AL and a public affairs office in Washington, DC.[3]

History and activities[edit]

Founded in 1944 by a small group of fertility experts who met in Chicago, the initial name was the American Society for the Study of Sterility, later the American Fertility Society (AFS). Though primarily an American organization, ASRM said it had members from over 100 countries as of 2020.[4][5] The society hosts an annual convention, as well as courses, seminars, workshops and publications. Special interest groups are focused on a range of reproductive medicine topics. ASRM has an Ethics Committee that provides guidance on ethical issues.[6][7] The ASRM Practice Committee issues clinical guidelines and reports.[8]

World Health Organization NGO status[edit]

In May 2014, the ASRM became an associated a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the World Health Organization (WHO).[9]


Publications of the ASRM[10] include:

  • Fertility and Sterility – Peer reviewed monthly official publication of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.
  • Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics – Published monthly; was published as Journal of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer before 1992
  • Ethics Committee Reports and Statements – Ethical issues in reproduction are addressed by the Ethics Committee that published guidelines for medical practitioners.
  • Practice Committee Guidelines – Practice Committee summarizes consensus opinions on medical standards and educational bulletins.
  • Patient Education Fact Sheets and Booklets – series produced under the direction of the ASRM Patient Education Committee and the Publications Committee.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ASRM Board of Directors". ASRM. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "ASRM names Dr. Ricardo Azziz as new CEO" (Press release). American Society for Reproductive Medicine. July 15, 2019. Archived from the original on January 4, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "ASRM – About". Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "American Society for Reproductive Medicine Updates Mission, Vision and Values Statements". AMA Alliance (Press release). PRNewswire. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  5. ^ Duka, Walter E.; DeCherney, Alan H. (1995). From the Beginning: A History of the American Fertility Society 1944–1994. The American Fertility Society. p. 5. ASIN B001C0ITLO.
  6. ^ "Embryo battles are likely to get a precedent in San Francisco couple's case". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Report documents gaps in infertility treatment access". Urology Times. Archived from the original on October 2, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (October 19, 2012). "Freezing Your Eggs Is No Longer Experimental. But It's Still Not the Path to Having It All". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Sexual and reproductive health:Infertility" (Press release). World Health Organization. Archived from the original on September 30, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "ASRM – Publications". Archived from the original on April 13, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2010.

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