Should paid period leave be a thing? How Femtech could be the solution to medicine’s male bias; And is AI the key to fertility treatment?

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Should paid period leave be a thing?

  • How Femtech could be the solution to medicine’s male bias.

  • AI: the key to fertility treatment?

  • "Too pretty to be a doctor": female physicians, #MedBikini, and who determines what's 'professional.'

  • Are we mapping a path to CRISPR babies?

What’s New:

The New York Times asks: are gender reveal parties cursed? Could Femtech be the solution to medicine’s male bias? Female engineers are building a new health care industry, but its future depends on mostly male investors, says One Zero. And as more companies join Zomato in announcing up to 12 days menstrual leave, Health Central asks: should paid period leave actually be a thing? Unusual menstrual cycles have been reported after tear gas deployment at Seattle protests. The ‘predator in white coat’ New York OB-GYN accused of molesting 2 dozen patients faces federal charges. In a move to improve access, especially in light of the pandemic, the progestogen-only oral contraceptive pill could be reclassified in England to make it available over the counter without the need for a prescription. Kindbody opens a new clinic in Princeton, New Jersey; a Vancouver fertility clinic sees influx of egg freezing due to COVID-19 pandemic and NMC Health-owned Spanish fertility business Clinica Eugin attracts 67 bids from private equity firms. 

From The Clinicians

  • Is AI the key to fertility treatment? A discussion about AI’s role in reproduction. Sohail Merchant, MD / Medium

  • "Too pretty to be a doctor": female physicians, #MedBikini, and who determines what's 'professional' - Dr. Seema Yasmin is a physician, an epidemiologist, and a medical journalist. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, and she has published two books. Yet when Dr. Yasmin goes on TV, it’s not her credentials that get attention.

    “I get constant comments telling me that my lipstick is too shiny, my eyebrows look like they’re darker than they should be, and that I wear too much makeup,” she says. “Recently, I was told that I dress like a teenager.”

    Meet the medics fighting back. Wendy Kaur / Elle

  • How new technologies boost postpartum care in the “fourth trimester.” Cheryl Ferrier, MD / American Medical Association

  • 12 health checks to have before becoming a parent. Jenn Sinrich / Yahoo

  • When an IVF cycle fails, it is not unusual to feel grief, anger and frustration, but a doctor explains why a failed IVF cycle doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Dr. Abayomi Ajayi / The Punch

  • Does a man's diet affect his sperm and fertility? Yes, says this Sydney fertility specialist. Dr Anne Clark / ABC

  • Femtech's sexual health revolution: Panelists at the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Conference discuss how digital health can help women learn more about their sexual health and wellbeing. Laura Lovett / MobiHealth News


From The Patients

  • Why won’t doctors sterilise me? Asks a 29-year-old travel writer who’s had several relationships and says she’ll never want children. Lottie Gross / Daily Mail

  • “I was told to keep my PCOS secret because no man would marry me,” reveals this activist fighting misinformation in reproductive health. Neelam Hera / Refinery 29

  • “My menstrual cycle used to make me suicidal,” says nurse with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Helen McGurk / Newsletter

  • How PCOS fuelled one woman’s eating disorder. Sadhbh O’Sullivan / Refinery 29 

  • One patient’s story of enduring 12 rounds of IVF before her “miracle babies” arrived. Sarah Powell-Davies / Metro


Science & Ethics

  • Disruptions to reproductive health services since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak could result in more than 1 million unsafe abortions and 900,000 unintended pregnancies, according to Marie Stopes International. New data released by the organization shows that sexual and reproductive health services have been hit hard during the pandemic. Marie Stopes

  • How Trump administration’s anti-abortion restrictions on US global healthcare funding, otherwise known as the ‘gag rule’, is “devastating reproductive health services.” Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  • Are we mapping a path to CRISPR babies? The program director on genetic justice and executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society discuss.  Katie Hasson and Marcy Darnovsky / The Hill

  • An oral treatment for uterine fibroids should have its European Union marketing authorization revoked, according to the safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Kari Oakes / RAPS

In case you missed it:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is aiming to raise awareness of uterine fibroids and boost funding for the common chronic condition among women. The Democratic vice presidential nominee introduced a bill last month that would provide $30 million annually to the National Institutes of Health to expand research on uterine fibroids. Additionally, the legislation would allocate money to the CDC to fund a public education campaign, and direct the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to grow its chronic conditions database to include more information on services for these patients. Amanda D’Ambrosio / Medpage Today

  • A doctor is suing a fertility clinic in Oregon, USA, for being 'irresponsible' with the sperm he had donated.

Events:

🗓️ September 01 - 31
Perla Health PCOS Summit

🗓️ September 22
WIRED Health Tech: A Virtual Conference

🗓️ October 17
ASRM Virtual Scientific Congress and Expo

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