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Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Committee Opinion Number 678, November 2016

ABSTRACT Current sexuality education programs vary widely in the accuracy of content emphasis and effectiveness Data have shown that not all programs are equally effective for all ages races and ethnicities socioeconomic groups and geographic areas Studies have demonstrated that comprehensive sexu...

November 2016

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Perinatal Risks Associated With Assisted Reproductive Technology

Committee Opinion Number 671, September 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 324, November 2005)

ABSTRACT Over the past decades the use of assisted reproductive technology ART has increased dramatically worldwide and has made pregnancy possible for many infertile couples Although the perinatal risks that may be associated with ART and ovulation induction are much higher in multifetal gestatio...

September 2016

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Planned Home Birth

Committee Opinion Number 669, August 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 476, February 2011)

ABSTRACT In the United States approximately 35000 births 09 per year occur in the home Approximately one fourth of these births are unplanned or unattended Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that hospitals and accredited birth centers are the safest settings ...

August 2016

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Optimizing Postpartum Care

Committee Opinion Number 666, June 2016

ABSTRACT In the weeks after birth postpartum care often is fragmented among maternal and pediatric health care providers and communication between inpatient and outpatient settings is inconsistent To optimize postpartum care anticipatory guidance should begin during pregnancy During antenatal care...

June 2016

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Reproductive Life Planning to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 654, February 2016

ABSTRACT Approximately one half 51 of the 6 million pregnancies each year in the United States are unintended A reproductive life plan is a set of personal goals regarding whether when and how to have children based on individual priorities resources and values A lack of reproductive life planning...

February 2016

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Increasing Access to Contraceptive Implants and Intrauterine Devices to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 642, October 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 450, December 2009)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy persists as a major public health problem in the United States Although lowering unintended pregnancy rates requires multiple approaches individual obstetriciangynecologists may contribute by increasing access to contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices Obstetr...

October 2015

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The Transition From Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Preventive Care for Young Women Aged 18-26 Years

Committee Opinion Number 626, March 2015

ABSTRACT Young women aged 1826 years are a heterogeneous population transitioning from adolescence into adulthood who may present with unique issues and challenges including a potential gap in health care after pediatric health care Obstetriciangynecologists should note that these patients may nee...

March 2015

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Access to Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 615, January 2015

ABSTRACT Nearly all US women who have ever had sexual intercourse have used some form of contraception at some point during their reproductive lives However multiple barriers prevent women from obtaining contraceptives or using them effectively and consistently All women should have unhindered and...

January 2015

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Increasing Access to Abortion

Committee Opinion Number 613, November 2014

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Safe legal abortion is a necessary component of womens health care The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of highquality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion Access to abortion is threatened ...

November 2014

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Abortion Training and Education

Committee Opinion Number 612, November 2014

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Access to safe abortion hinges upon the availability of trained abortion providers The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports education for students in health care fields as well as clinical training for residents and advanced practice clinicians in abortion care in ...

November 2014

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Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate and Bone Effects

Committee Opinion Number 602, June 2014

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 415, September 2008)

ABSTRACT Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate DMPA is a highly effective injectable contraceptive that affords privacy and has a convenient dose schedule of four times per year making it appealing to many users especially adolescents Although the use of DMPA is associated with loss of bone mineral de...

June 2014

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Breastfeeding in Underserved Women: Increasing Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding

Committee Opinion Number 570, August 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Maternal and infant benefits from breastfeeding are well documented and are especially important to underserved women Underserved women are disproportionately likely to experience adverse health outcomes that may improve with breastfeeding They face unique barriers and have low rates of i...

August 2013

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Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Committee Opinion Number 547, December 2012

Abstract Military service is associated with unique risks to womens reproductive health As increasing numbers of women are serving in the military and a greater proportion of United States Veterans are women it is essential that obstetriciangynecologists are aware of and well prepared to address t...

December 2012

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Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives

Committee Opinion Number 544, December 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy remains a major public health problem in the United States Access and cost issues are common reasons why women either do not use contraception or have gaps in use A potential way to improve contraceptive access and use and possibly decrease unintended pregnancy rates ...

December 2012

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Access to Emergency Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 542, November 2012

ABSTRACT Emergency contraception includes contraceptive methods used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected intercourse sexual assault or contraceptive failure Although the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first dedicated product for emergency contraception in 199...

November 2012

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Risk of Venous Thromboembolism Among Users of Drospirenone-Containing Oral Contraceptive Pills

Committee Opinion Number 540, November 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Although the risk of venous thromboembolism is increased among oral contraceptive users compared with nonusers who are not pregnant and not taking hormones and some data have suggested that use of drospirenonecontaining pills has a higher risk of venous thromboembolism this risk is still ...

November 2012

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Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices

Committee Opinion Number 539, October 2012

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 392, December 2007, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Longacting reversible contraception LARCintrauterine devices and the contraceptive implantare safe and appropriate contraceptive methods for most women and adolescents The LARC methods are toptier contraceptives based on effectiveness with pregnancy rates of less than 1 per year for perfe...

October 2012

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Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Committee Opinion Number 535, August 2012

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of women and adolescent females are incarcerated each year in the United States and they represent an increasing proportion of inmates in the US correctional system Incarcerated women and adolescent females often come from disadvantaged environments and have high rates ...

August 2012

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Health Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Committee Opinion Number 511, November 2011

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Clinicians who provide care for incarcerated women should be aware of the special health care needs of pregnant incarcerated women and the specific issues related to the use of restraints during pregnancy and the postpartum period The use of restraints on pregnant incarcerated women and a...

November 2011

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Preparing for Disasters: Perspectives on Women

Committee Opinion Number 457, June 2010

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Emergency plans that specifically address the needs of women infants and children during disasters are currently underdeveloped in the United States Pregnant women infants and children are adversely affected by disasters resulting in an increased number of infants with intrauterine growth...

June 2010

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