Research Update: Shared Decision-Making Tool and Reproductive Health Curricula Research

RRM Research Updates this April looks at shared decision making (SDM), the use of a tool in this process, and preliminary results of a study of an SDM tool designed to assist women to choose an appropriate FABM (Fertility awareness-based Method). Look at other research Dr. Marguerite Duane and her team at FACTS are working on, and learn where the priorities are in the area of fertility awareness education.

RRM Research Updates: Hormonal monitoring of the menstrual cycle, with comparison to ultrasound

Presented by Professor Leonard F. Blackwell, Massey University, New Zealand, Dr. Blackwell was trained in organic chemistry, biochemistry and reproductive physiology. He studied under Professor James Brown at the University of Melbourne in the physiology of ovulation and in the development of the Fertility Meter, a device for monitoring ovarian activity in all its manifestations and one of the only true quantitative point-of-care devices in existence.  For the past 36 years, Len was involved in the research and development of urinary assays as point-of-care diagnostic kits and recently with quantitative immune-chromatographic assays. Sadly, Dr. Blackford passed away in late 2020.

Research Updates: Endometriosis Severity and Pregnancy Complications: Findings from the ENDO Study

Learn how endometriosis, in both an operative and population cohort, is associated with pregnancy complications (including early pregnancy loss, ectopic pregnancies, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, small-for-gestational age, and preterm birth). The ENDO Study is a collaborative epidemiologic study whose goal is to assess the relation between exposure to environmental chemicals and lifestyle factors that may affect womens reproductive health. Particular focus will be on the relation between hormonally active chemicals and risk of developing endometriosis considering womens lifestyles.

June Research Updates: Pregnancy evaluations associated with Fertility Recognition when Avoiding Pregnancy

This webinar proposes a standardized model to address the complex circumstances of pregnancy associated with the use of fertility recognition and the difficulty of its evaluation. Participants will learn to define and identify the different situations associated with pregnancy while using methods of fertility recognition (FABM) with the initial intent to avoid pregnancy. Practitioners will learn to organize and standardize clinical practice when facing a pregnancy..

Research Updates: Urinary LH Research Findings

Urinary Luteinizing Hormone Tests: Which Concentration Threshold Best Predicts Ovulation? Presented by Dr. Thomas Bouchard. Review findings from recent research publication on Urinary LH and different LH testing scenarios and their ability to predict ovulation. Understand the use and limitations of urinary LH in determining the Fertile Window and to provide other ancillary tools to assist in this process.