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Tubal Ligation with Cesarean Delivery

Number 205

Tubal ligation at the time of cesarean delivery requires significant additional physician work even though the technical work of the procedure is brief Informed consent by the patient requires considerably more counseling by the physician regarding potential risks and benefits of this procedure th...

August 1998

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Statement on Surgical Assistants

Number 240

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 145, November 1994)

Competent surgical assistants should be available for all major obstetric and gynecologic operations In many cases the complexity of the surgery or the patients condition will require the assistance of one or more physicians to provide safe quality care Often the complexity of a given surgical pro...

August 2000

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Nongynecologic Procedures

Number 253

(Replaces Statement of Policy on Liposuction, January 1988, Reaffirmed 2015)

Cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal body piercing tattoo removal and liposuction are not considered gynecologic procedures and therefore generally are not taught in approved obstetric and gynecologic residencies Because these are not considered gynecologic procedures it is inappropriate...

March 2001

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Avoiding Inappropriate Clinical Decisions Based on False-Positive Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Test Results

Number 278

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Clinically significant falsepositive human chorionic gonadotropin hCG test results are rare However some individuals have circulating factors in their serum eg heterophilic antibodies or nonactive forms of hCG that interact with the hCG antibody and cause unusual or unexpected test result...

November 2002

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Perinatal Risks Associated With Assisted Reproductive Technology

Number 324

(Reaffirmed 2007)

ABSTRACT Over the past two decades the use of assisted reproductive technology ART has increased dramatically worldwide and has made pregnancy possible for many infertile couples A growing body of evidence suggests an association between pregnancies resulting from ART and perinatal morbidity possi...

November 2005

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Number 345

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Vulvodynia is a complex disorder that can be difficult to treat It is described by most patients as burning stinging irritation or rawness Many treatment options have been used including vulvar care measures medication biofeedback training physical therapy dietary modifications sexual cou...

October 2006

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Medical Futility

Number 362

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The construct of medical futility has been used to justify a physicians unilateral refusal to provide treatment requested or demanded by a patient or the family of a patient It is important that physicians and their institutions develop a process for dealing with conflict surrounding the ...

March 2007

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Sterilization of Women Including Those With Mental Disabilities

Number 371

(Reaffirmed 2009)

ABSTRACT Sterilization like any other surgical procedure must be carried out under the general ethical principles of respect for autonomy beneficence and justice Women requesting sterilization should be encouraged to discuss their decision and associated issues with their husbands or other appropr...

July 2007

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The Role of Cystourethroscopy in the Generalist Obstetrician-Gynecologist Practice

Number 372

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Cystourethroscopy can be performed for diagnostic and a few operative indications by obstetriciangynecologists to help improve patient care Perhaps the most important indications for cystourethroscopy are to rule out cystotomy and intravesical or intraurethral suture or mesh placement and...

July 2007

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Brand Versus Generic Oral Contraceptives

Number 375

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The US Food and Drug Administration considers generic and brand name oral contraceptive OC products clinically equivalent and interchangeable The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports patient or clinician requests for branded OCs or continuation of the same generic ...

August 2007

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Vaginal "Rejuvenation" and Cosmetic Vaginal Procedures

Number 378

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Socalled vaginal rejuvenation designer vaginoplasty revirgination and Gspot amplification are vaginal surgical procedures being offered by some practitioners These procedures are not medically indicated and the safety and effectiveness of these procedures have not been documented Clinicia...

September 2007

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The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine

Number 385

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Health care providers occasionally may find that providing indicated even standard care would present for them a personal moral problema conflict of conscienceparticularly in the field of reproductive medicine Although respect for conscience is important conscientious refusals should be l...

November 2007

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Number 389

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Because human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection often is detected through prenatal and sexually transmitted disease testing an obstetriciangynecologist may be the first health professional to provide care for a woman infected with HIV Universal testing with patient notification and rig...

December 2007

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Surrogate Motherhood

Number 397

ABSTRACT Ethical responsibilities are described for obstetriciangynecologists who choose to participate in surrogacy arrangements by 1 advising couples who are considering surrogacy 2 counseling potential surrogate mothers 3 providing obstetric services for pregnant women participating in surrogac...

February 2008

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Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Genetic Testing

Number 409

Reaffirmed 2014

ABSTRACT Marketing of genetic testing although similar to directtoconsumer advertising of prescription drugs raises additional concerns and considerations These include issues of limited knowledge among patients and health care providers of available genetic tests difficulty in interpretation of g...

June 2008

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Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing

Number 410

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Genetic testing is poised to play an increasing role in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology To assure patients of the highest quality of care physicians should become familiar with the currently available array of genetic tests and the tests limitations Clinicians should be able to ...

June 2008

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Aromatase Inhibitors in Gynecologic Practice

Number 412

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Aromatase inhibitors appear to be effective as an adjuvant treatment for earlystage and latestage breast cancer Their role in chemoprevention of breast cancer in highrisk patients remains to be defined Side effects of aromatase inhibitors in postmenopausal women are due to estrogenlowerin...

August 2008

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Misoprostol for Postabortion Care

Number 427

ABSTRACT The World Health Organization estimates that 67000 women mostly in developing countries die each year from untreated or inadequately treated abortion complications Postabortion care a term commonly used by the international reproductive health community refers to a specific set of service...

February 2009

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Preimplantation Genetic Screening for Aneuploidy

Number 430

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Preimplantation genetic screening differs from preimplantation genetic diagnosis for single gene disorders and was introduced for the detection of chromosomal aneuploidy Current data does not support a recommendation for preimplantation genetic screening for aneuploidy using fluorescence ...

March 2009

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Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk

Number 434

(Reaffirmed 2015, Replaces No. 285, August 2003)

Abstract The relationship between induced abortion and the subsequent development of breast cancer has been the subject of a substantial amount of epidemiologic study Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed More rigorous ...

June 2009

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