Dr. Antoni Duleba, Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, recently presented his oral abstract on the topic of Endometriosis at the 2014 annual meeting for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Endometriosis is characterized by attachment and growth of endometrial tissues outside the uterus. Previous studies in cell cultures have shown that statins reduce adhesiveness and inhibit proliferation of human endometrial stromal cells. This was the first study evaluating treatment with statin (simvastatin) on a well-established experimental endometriosis model. Statins, drugs which normally reduce cholesterol, did reduce the volume of active endometriotic lesions in this experimental model.

The annual ASRM conference is the premier reproductive medicine meeting of the year, boasting phenomenal scientific, postgraduate, and video programs. The tagline for this year’s conference, Surfing the Waves of Change in Reproductive Medicine, was appropriate for its location in Honolulu, Hawaii and its focus on state-of-the-art issues in reproductive medicine and science.

Read or download the full abstract here: Fertility and Sterility