The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, or ASRM, is a non-profit organization that focuses on infertility and reproductive medicine.
History of ASRM
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine was founded in 1944 by a small group of physicians and experts focused on infertility in Chicago. Members of this group helped discover many of the standard procedures used in infertility today, such as in vitro fertilization and donor insemination. These physicians found many standard approaches and techniques such as using contraception and ovulation induction. In addition to medical processes, the members of the ASRM have fought for key legislation in regards to reproductive rights where there was no public policy in place for reproductive matters.
Mission of ASRM
The mission of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine is to advance the "art, science and practice of reproductive medicine." This society aims to accomplish its mission through an excellence in research, education and advocacy on behalf of patients and physicians. It also sponsors and facilitates educational activities for the public and continuing medical education for professionals to engage them in the research and practice of reproductive medicine.
Members of ASRM
Members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine live in all 50 states and are located in more than 100 countries outside the United States. Members include embryologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, obstetrician/gynecologists, mental health professionals, nurses, internists, pediatricians, research scientists and laboratory technicians. The administrative office is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and there is a public affairs office in Washington, D.C.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine publishes the "Fertility and Sterility" medical journal. This is a peer-reviewed journal focused on obstetrics and gynecology that has been published since 1950. In addition to this journal, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine produces two newsletters, "Menopausal Medicine" and "ASRM News."
When diagnostic dilemmas arise, the American Society of Productive Medicine is known for issuing timely reports that provide guidelines, committee opinions, minimum standards and educational and technical bulletins.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine website has been awarded with a variety of awards, including the Britannica.com "best on the Internet" for quality, presentation, accuracy and usability. The "Obstetrician and Gynecologist Journal," which is based in the United Kingdom, has said it is the only American website that highlights infertility and reproductive issues clearly for patients.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine website, the five most common reproductive health topics include insurance issues, contraception, infertility, menopause and in vitro fertilization. In addition to providing factsheets and detailed frequently asked questions on these topics, the ASRM website is constantly updated with the latest headlines related to reproductive medicine, book reviews on infertility and reproductive topics, and press releases of the latest news and research being conducted by ASRM members.