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Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Genetic Testing

Committee Opinion Number 409, June 2008

Reaffirmed 2016

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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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Committee Opinion Number 520, March 2012

(Replaces No. 380, October 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Disclosure and discussion of adverse events in health care with the patient are morally and ethically necessary to achieve the optimal goal of respecting patient autonomy Improving the disclosure process through education policies programmatic training and accessible resources will enhanc...

March 2012

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Dual Therapy for Gonococcal Infections

Committee Opinion Number 645, November 2015

ABSTRACT Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States with an estimated 820000 new Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections occurring each year Antimicrobial resistance limits treatment success heightens the risk of complications and may facili...

November 2015

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Elder Abuse and Women's Health

Committee Opinion Number 568, July 2013

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Elder abuse a violation of human rights is defined as a single or repeated act or lack of appropriate actions which causes harm risk of harm or distress to an individual 60 years or older As many as 1 in 10 older adults have been victims of elder abuse Most cases of abuse occur in women T...

July 2013

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Elective Surgery and Patient Choice

Committee Opinion Number 578, November 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces No. 395, January 2008)

ABSTRACT Acknowledgment of the importance of patient autonomy and increased patient access to information such as information on the Internet has prompted more patientgenerated requests for surgical interventions not traditionally recommended Depending on the context acceding to a request for a su...

November 2013

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End of Life Decision Making

Committee Opinion Number 617, January 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 403, April 2008)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists care for women throughout their lifespans and are in an ideal position to have ongoing discussions with healthy patients about their values and wishes regarding future care and to encourage them to complete an advance directive for health care In addition situati...

January 2015

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Ethical Considerations for Performing Gynecologic Surgery in Low-Resource Settings Abroad

Committee Opinion Number 466, September 2010

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT International humanitarian medical efforts provide essential services to patients who would not otherwise have access to specific health care services The Committees on Ethics and Global Womens Health of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage College Fellows and...

September 2010

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Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing

Committee Opinion Number 410, June 2008

(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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Ethical Issues in the Care of the Obese Woman

Committee Opinion Number 600, June 2014

ABSTRACT Rates of obesity in the United States have increased rapidly over the past several decades and physicians should be prepared to care for obese patients in a nonjudgmental manner being cognizant of the medical social and ethical implications of obesity It is the responsibility of the physi...

June 2014

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Ethical Issues With Vaccination for the Obstetrician–Gynecologist

Committee Opinion Number 564, May 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Because of the growing importance of infectious disease prevention in the individual patient and the larger community it is vital that Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists be prepared to navigate the practical and ethical challenges that come with vaccination...

May 2013

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Evaluation of Uncomplicated Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women Before Surgical Treatment

Committee Opinion Number 603, June 2014

ABSTRACT Stress urinary incontinence SUI is a condition of involuntary loss of urine on effort physical exertion sneezing or coughing that is often bothersome to the patient and frequently affects quality of life When women are evaluated for SUI counseling about treatment should begin with conserv...

June 2014

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Expedited Partner Therapy in the Management of Gonorrhea and Chlamydial Infection

Committee Opinion Number 632, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 506, September 2011)

ABSTRACT Sexually transmitted infections STIs disproportionately affect women and create a preventable threat to their fertility One factor that contributes to young womens high rates of STIs is reinfection from an untreated sexual partner One way to address this problem is through expedited partn...

June 2015

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Family Building Through Gestational Surrogacy

Committee Opinion Number 660, March 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 397, February 2008)

ABSTRACT Gestational surrogacy is an increasingly common form of family building that can allow individuals or a couple to become parents despite circumstances in which carrying a pregnancy is biologically impossible or medically contraindicated The practice of gestational surrogacy involves a wom...

March 2016

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Family History as a Risk Assessment Tool

Committee Opinion Number 478, March 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Family history plays a critical role in assessing the risk of inherited medical conditions and single gene disorders Several methods have been established to obtain family medical histories including the family history questionnaire or checklist and the pedigree The screening tool selecte...

March 2011

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Female Age-Related Fertility Decline

Committee Opinion Number 589, March 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 413, August 2008)

ABSTRACT The fecundity of women decreases gradually but significantly beginning approximately at age 32 years and decreases more rapidly after age 37 years Education and enhanced awareness of the effect of age on fertility are essential in counseling the patient who desires pregnancy Given the ant...

March 2014

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Guiding Principles for Privileging of Innovative Procedures in Gynecologic Surgery

Committee Opinion Number 674, September 2016

ABSTRACT New or emerging surgical procedures and technologies continue to be developed at a rapid rate and must be implemented safely into clinical practice Additional privileging may be required if substantively new technical or cognitive skills are required to implement an innovative procedure o...

September 2016

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Gynecologic Concerns in Children and Adolescents With Cancer

Committee Opinion Number 607, August 2014

ABSTRACT Advancements in radiation therapy chemotherapy surgery and multimodal treatment have dramatically improved childhood cancer survival However cancer and its treatment may have immediate or delayed adverse effects on reproductive health Gynecologists should be prepared to manage gynecologic...

August 2014

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Gynecologic Surgery in the Obese Woman

Committee Opinion Number 619, January 2015

ABSTRACT Obesity is a serious problem worldwide and particularly in the United States and in women is associated with an increased risk of death and morbid conditions including hypertension diabetes mellitus obstructive sleep apnea and hypercholesterolemia as well as malignancies such as endometri...

January 2015

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Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Committee Opinion Number 525, May 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Lesbians and bisexual women encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure discriminatory attitudes and treatment limited access to health care and health insurance and often a limited understanding as to what their health risks may be Health ...

May 2012

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Health Care for Transgender Individuals

Committee Opinion Number 512, December 2011

ABSTRACT Transgender individuals face harassment discrimination and rejection within our society Lack of awareness knowledge and sensitivity in health care communities eventually leads to inadequate access to underutilization of and disparities within the health care system for this population Alt...

December 2011

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