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Abortion Training and Education

Number 612

(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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Access to Contraception

Number 615

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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Access to Emergency Contraception

Number 542

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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Access to Postpartum Sterilization

Number 530

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Postpartum tubal sterilization is one of the safest and most effective methods of contraception Women who desire this type of sterilization typically undergo thorough counseling and informed consent during prenatal care and reiterate their desire for postpartum sterilization at the time o...

July 2012

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Addressing Health Risks of Noncoital Sexual Activity

Number 582

(Replaces No. 417, September 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Noncoital sexual behavior is a common expression of human sexuality which commonly cooccurs with coital behavior Sexually transmitted infections including human immunodeficiency virus HIV herpes simplex virus human papillomavirus hepatitis virus types A B and C syphilis gonorrhea and chla...

December 2013

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

Number 539

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 392, December 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

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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Adult Manifestations of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Number 498

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied complex and often devastating Many obstetriciangynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse Depression anxiety and anger are the most commonly reported e...

August 2011

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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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At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence: Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications

Number 496

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Compared with men atrisk alcohol use by women has a disproportionate effect on their health and lives including reproductive function and pregnancy outcomes Obstetriciangynecologists have a key role in screening and providing brief intervention patient education and treatment referral for...

August 2011

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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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Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act

Number 552

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Many US women are uninsured and face avoidable adverse obstetric and gynecologic health outcomes The Affordable Care Act requires an expansion of Medicaid that would increase the percentage of US women with health insurance with the anticipated benefit of improved health The 2012 Supreme ...

January 2013

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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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Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Resource Settings

Number 624

ABSTRACT Cytologybased cervical cancer screening programs require a number of elements to be successful Certain lowresource settings like the US Affiliated Pacific Islands lack these elements Implementing alternative cervical cancer screening strategies in lowresource settings can provide consiste...

February 2015

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Choosing the Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease

Number 444

(Reaffirmed 2011)

Abstract Hysterectomies are performed vaginally abdominally or with laparoscopic or robotic assistance When choosing the route and method of hysterectomy the physician should take into consideration how the procedure may be performed most safely and costeffectively to fulfill the medical needs of ...

November 2009

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Chronic Antithrombotic Therapy and Gynecologic Surgery

Number 610

ABSTRACT Surgery can present a management dilemma for gynecologists whose patients receive chronic antithrombotic therapy because the risk of hemorrhagic complications must be balanced against the risk of thromboembolic complications Interruption of antithrombotic therapy to reduce perioperative b...

October 2014

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Compounded Bioidentical Menopausal Hormone Therapy

Number 532

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 387, November 2007 and No. 322, November 2005)

ABSTRACT Although improvement in longterm health is no longer an indication for menopausal hormone therapy evidence supporting fewer adverse events in younger women combined with its high overall effectiveness has reinforced its usefulness for shortterm treatment of menopausal symptoms Menopausal ...

August 2012

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Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate and Bone Effects

Number 602

(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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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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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Number 520

(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

Number 645

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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