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ACOG in the News: Jolie's Cancer Decision, Match Day for Ob-Gyns, IUDs for Teens, Fewer Episiotomies, Labiaplasty, and More

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for women and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications fields more than 1,200 media inquiries each year from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent pieces in the media that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

HLN/CNN: Jolie's cancer decision: When is it the right move?

Jolie's decision tipped off heightened conversations about women's health issues and the possibility of preventive measures. HLN talked to Dr. Jed Delmore, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Delmore is also the chair of the Gynecologic Oncology subcommittee for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

ObGyn News: Match Day 2015: Ob.gyn. remains desirable for U.S. grads

Nevertheless, “leaders in obstetrics and gynecology are still concerned about shortages, especially in rural and underserved areas.” John C. Jennings, MD, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said, “There’s a tremendous geographic maldistribution of our graduates.” Dr. Jennings added, “We’ve got to do something to correct that.” Dr. Jennings called for “more ob.gyn residencies...to allow us to better meet the growing needs of American women.”

USA TODAY: Report: Women embrace more effective birth control

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics said doctors should counsel sexually active teen girls that IUDs and implants are the most effective methods. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also lists them as first-line choices for teens and adults.

The Seattle Times: Public cord-blood banking expands across region

But groups such as the American Medical Association encourage public banking, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the chance of a child needing his or her own cord blood is remote—as low as 1 in 2,700 people.

ABC News: Pregnant Model Sarah Stage's Tiny Belly Causes Social Media Uproar

Women should gain between 20 and 40 pounds throughout their pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She will probably gain about half a pound a week from here on in so her bump will, no doubt, grow larger in the coming weeks, Ashton said.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Cutting back on episiotomies

The rate has been steadily falling since, and nine years ago, the American College of Obstetrician-Gynecologists officially recommended that "restricted use is preferable to routine use."

Prevention: 5 Solutions for Miserably Heavy Periods

The hormones they contain prevent ovulation and make the lining of the uterus thinner, so there's less blood to shed. "Some types of birth control pills allow you to have a period just four times a year, which makes my patients very happy," says Cheryl Iglesia, MD, a spokesperson for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It's easiest to take "continuous combination" pills, which contain both estrogen and progestin, since you don't have to take them at the exact same time every day, as you do with progestin-only mini pills.

NBC News: Butt Augmentation, Labiaplasty on the Rise, Plastic Surgeons Say

Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, agrees. She said the popularity of the Brazilian bikini wax made women more aware of what their genitals looked like, and plastic surgeons saw that as an opportunity to drum up new business.

The upshot: thousands of women undergoing labiaplasty, in which the inner lips of female genitalia are trimmed. "It's one more body part that we as women are being told to be insecure about," Levy said.

Detroit Free Press: It’s healthier to lose weight before you get pregnant

“Obesity can adversely affect fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum recovery and the baby,” said Dr. Raul Artal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

TODAY.com: More women using IUDs, hormone implants: 5 things you need to know

“Ultimately it’s the woman who should decide what she wants, but there are very few who aren’t good candidates,” says Espey. “If I had a daughter, I’d say ‘you need an IUD.'”


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