Resources & References

Valuable Resources and Support:

American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Patient education website,

Choice Moms
An organization to help single women who proactively decide to become the best mother they can, through adoption or conception,

A national organization operated by and supporting children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents,

Donor Sibling Registry
Aims to educate, connect, and support families,

Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer and their children,

Fertile Hope
A national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility,

Frank Talk: A peer-support Website dedicated to helping men deal with erectile dysfunction,

Gender Spectrum Parenting and Family Resources
Gender Spectrum provides information for parents and families concerning the complexities of gender, parenting considerations, parenting practices, and transitioning. Other resource topics on their site include information about education, medical services, mental health, legal services, social services, and faith.

Human Rights Campaign – Gay Parenting
The Human Rights Campaign’s Gay Parenting page provides information and resources concerning adoption, foster parenting, assisted reproduction, and how to keep your kids safe at school,

North American Council on Adoptable Children
An organization committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them,

Parents Via Egg Donation
An organization created to provide information to parents and parents-to-be and to share information about all facets of the egg donation process,

Pop Luck Club
A community of gay dads building families,

A national infertility support organization,

Single Mothers by Choice
Offering support and information to single women who are considering motherhood and to single mothers who have chosen this path to parenthood,

Informative fact sheets and booklets:

Acupuncture and Infertility Treatment
Fact Sheet From The Patient Education Website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Acupuncture and infertility treatment

Assisted Reproductive Technology
A Guide for Patients Revised 2018 A glossary of italicized words is located at the end of this booklet.

Gestational Carrier (Surrogate)
Fact Sheet from The Patient Education Website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Gestational Carrier (Surrogate)

Infertility: An Overview
An Overview A Guide for Patients, Revised 2017 A glossary of is located at the end of this booklet.

Stress and Infertility
Fact Sheet from The Patient Education Website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Stress and Infertility Treatment.


ASRM Today
A podcast that takes a deeper dive into current topics in reproductive medicine.

The Fertility Warriors Podcast
Helping women survive infertility and trying to conceive.

Hosted by a husband and wife comedy writer and health reporter, its humorous and informative take provides both a female and male perspective into the IVF journey.

Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure
Doree Shafrir (author, journalist, Matt’s wife) talks to Chris and Matt about how she and Matt met, how she never skipped school as a kid and getting her job at Buzzfeed.

The Infertile Mafia: Real talk about infertility, IVF, and trying to conceive.
Being infertile sucks. Co-hosts Sarah and Kaela are your friends who get it. This is a podcast by real women sharing truths about the hardships and hilarity of infertility, IVF, and trying to conceive

Journal Articles and Committee Papers


COVID-19: lessons from the Italian reproductive medical experience
By the time you’re reading this, much will have transpired. That’s the story with the exponential spread of an infection.

Clinical adjuncts in in vitro fertilization: a growing list

Prepregnancy Counseling Committee Opinion. 
Directors, members, employees, or agents will be liable for any loss, damage, or claim withrespect to any liabilities, including direct, special, indirect, …

Time to pregnancy: as important for patients as underestimated by doctors
How many couples that have not yet become parents abandon in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment owing to the …

Fertility and Sterility Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.


Does massage therapy immediately prior to embryo transfer improve clinical pregnancy rate in IVF-PGT-A (in-vitro fertilization-preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy) cycles? – Fertility Sterility
P-195 APOPTOSIS OF CUMULUS GRANULOSA CELLS IS HIGHER IN NON-PREGNANT GROUP IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING IVF/ICSI. Yuting Fan, M.D.,a Xiao-yan Liang, M.D., Ph.D., aSherman Silber, MD.b The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China; bIn- fertility Center of St. Louis, Chesterfield, MO.

IVF pregnancy rates in women undergoing acupuncture vs. controls
Shirly Lahav – Baratz, PhD,c Idit Blais, MSc.,d Sergei Shnizer, MD, PhD.,e Mara Koifman, MSc.,f David Ishai, MD,g Ido Feferkorn, MD,h Sivan Skvisky, MD,h Martha …

Human growth hormone coupled with the CMAP acupuncture protocol (GH-CMAP) enhances blastocyst formation and clinical pregnancy rates

insemination method and number of good quality day 3 embryos was strong with a Hosmer and Lemeshow p-value of 0.71. CONCLUSIONS: Use of conventional IVF and number of embryos…


Shifting from weight loss to well-being In the study, ‘‘Obesity and depression are risk factors for future eating disorder–related attitudes and behaviors…

Clinical pregnancy outcomes of fresh versus frozen blastocyst transfers by body mass index – Fertility and Sterility
We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all blastocyst ET cycles from January 2012 to December 2017 at a tertiary care center. We compared implantation rate, clinical pregnancy rate, and rate of multiples stratified by BMI in both fresh and frozen blastocyst ETs.


Female sleep patterns, shift work, and fecundability in a North American preconception cohort study staying asleep  Sleep disturbances are more prevalent among women than men, with women being more likely to have difficulty falling asleep and to have poorer sleep


Journal Articles and Practice Committee Documents

Evidence-based treatments for couples with unexplained infertility:
a guideline Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Committee Documents

The ASRM Practice Committee Documents are sorted below in chronological order by last created/revised. #N#Use of exogenous gonadotropins in anovulatory women: a technical bulletin (2019) #N#Fertility preservation in patients undergoing gonadotoxic therapy or gonadectomy: a committee opinion (2019) #N#Reproductive and hormonal considerations in …

The Emotional Needs of Infertile Couples
Vol. 34, No.4 EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF INFERTILE COUPLES 315 parenting and after practicing contraception for some period of time. Society tends to regard fertil­ity as a given which must be controlled until

Psychosocial support for infertile couples during assisted reproductive technology treatment
effects of an ineffective coping style, but increased distress may arise when involuntarily childless people do not get any social support or are unsatisfied with the support received (8, 9, 11).


Postdelivery adjustment of gestational carriers, intended parents, and their children, Vasanti Jadva, Ph.D.

Legal principles and essential surrogacy cases every practitioner
should know

New realities for the practice of egg donation: a family-building perspective


Cognitive-behavioral therapy improves weight loss and quality of life in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a pilot randomized clinical trial – Fertility Sterility Therapy Manual (Supplemental Table 1 available online at (29). This 8-week time frame of brief CBT has been successful in other randomized controlled trials

Mindfulness-Based Program for Infertility: efficacy study
Mindfulness-Based Program for Infertility: efficacy study Ana Galhardo, Ph.D., a,bMarina Cunha, Ph.D., and Jose Pinto-Gouveia, M.D., Ph.D.b a Instituto Superior Miguel Torga and b Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal Objective: To present and determine the impact of the Mindfulness-Based Program for Infertility (MBPI).

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