ACOG in the News: John Oliver Attacks Insane Abortion Laws, Women Blast CDC's Advice To Use Birth Control If Drinking Alcohol, and Why This Type of Cancer Should Be on Your Radar

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries 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 articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.


Huffington Post John Oliver Attacks Insane Abortion Laws That Place Undue Burden On Women

Note: The video features a segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which includes suggestive jokes and explicit language.

NPR Supreme Court Tests Texas' New Restrictions On Abortion

The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, among others, have joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in telling the justices that these provisions are "unnecessary" and "harmful" to women's health and safety. The major medical groups contend that the law erects gratuitous barriers to abortion, adds needless expense, and — by causing the closure of so many clinics — creates significant delays that sometimes push abortions into the second trimester.

Washington Post I’m a high-risk pregnancy expert. So why didn’t I worry about my own fertility?

As an obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in the care of high-risk women, I see many patients who are older mothers and older first-time mothers; for several reasons, any pregnancy over the age of 35 — “advanced maternal age” — is automatically considered high-risk. But as a 42-year-old struggling with infertility, I can’t help but feel that the increasing number of women having babies later in life hides the reality of how difficult it can be. Forty-something childbearing may be more common today, but the biological clock is still very real.


NPR Topical Estrogen May Help With Side Effects After Breast Cancer

The nation's gynecologists say that breast cancer survivors should have the option of using topical estrogen to relieve symptoms such as painful sex and urinary tract infections.

Women with estrogen-dependent breast cancer are generally told to avoid the hormone because it can fuel recurrence. But topical vaginal estrogen doesn't seem to have those risks, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said on Monday.


NPR Women Blast CDC's Advice To Use Birth Control If Drinking Alcohol

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement Tuesday pointing to its policy that recommends women completely abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.

But this doesn't mean that having a few drinks in the early weeks of pregnancy—before a woman realizes she's pregnant — is harmful.

"I practiced for 30 years," says Hal Lawrence, an OB-GYN and CEO of ACOG. He says he would see women who'd had a glass of wine or two before they knew they were pregnant, "and generally you can reassure those [women] that it's not an issue."

But Lawrence does say the best advice is to avoid alcohol completely during pregnancy. "Alcohol exposure in any of the trimesters [of a pregnancy] can have some impacts on ... the fetus."



The American Medical Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have filed legal briefs in the coming Supreme Court case calling ambulatory surgery center (ACS) requirements unnecessary and illogical.


Live Science How to Start Exercising Again After Pregnancy

Gone are the days when doctors commonly recommended bed rest for pregnant women. Many studies have shown that being active during pregnancy can have a number of health benefits and help a woman get back into shape after giving birth, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


STAT On female genital mutilation, experts propose a contentious compromise

The fierce discord over the topic of female genital cutting begins even with the question of what to call it. Among other names, it’s referred to as female circumcision, female genital mutilation, or, in medical parlance, infibulation: cutting away all or part of a girl’s external genitalia and stitching together the labia.

The World Health Organization calls it a human rights violation. Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics also oppose the practice.


Medscape Women Underrepresented in Medical Leadership Roles

The numbers of men and women in medical school and medical residency programs are approximately equal, but the proportion of women in leadership positions in nine major clinical specialties is much lower, according to a new study.


"It is notable that both obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, specialties with the highest proportion of department-based leaders who were women, did not fare better when comparing representation ratios," Lisa G. Hofler, MD, MPH, from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues write in their article, published in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Both specialties also had the highest proportion of residents in 1990 that were women, and representation ratios were calculated to account for historical residency cohorts."


Glamour Why This Type of Cancer Should Be on Your Radar

Breast and cervical cancers are already high on the list of cancers women should be aware of, but now researchers are adding another one, thanks to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, which found a possible connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) and anal cancer in women.

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