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

Number 642

(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 Importance of Vital Records and Statistics for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Number 639

ABSTRACT Information from vital records is critical to identify and quantify healthrelated issues and to measure progress toward quality improvement and public health goals In particular maternal and infant mortality serve as important indicators of the nations health thereby influencing policy de...

September 2015

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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Number 627

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 425, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Unauthorized undocumented immigrants are less likely than other residents of the United States to have health insurance The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long supported a basic health care package for all women living within the United States without regard to th...

March 2015

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Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

Number 625

ABSTRACT Women with dense breasts have a modestly increased risk of breast cancer and experience reduced sensitivity of mammography to detect breast cancer However evidence is lacking to advocate for additional testing until there are clinically validated data that indicate improved screening outc...

March 2015

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End of Life Decision Making

Number 617

(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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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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Increasing Access to Abortion

Number 613

(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

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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Sexual Assault

Number 592

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 499, August 2011)

ABSTRACT Reproductiveaged victims of sexual assault are at risk of unintended pregnancy sexually transmitted infections and mental health conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder Health care providers should screen routinely for a history of sexual assault and offer victims both emergenc...

April 2014

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Elective Surgery and Patient Choice

Number 578

(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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Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Number 574

(Replaces No. 428, February 2009)

ABSTRACT Samesex couples encounter barriers to health care that include concerns about confidentiality and disclosure stigma and discriminatory attitudes and treatment limited access to health care and health insurance and often a limited understanding of their health risks Samesex couples and the...

September 2013

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Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents With Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Number 572

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Adolescents make up an increasing percentage of the US population with human immunodeficiency virus HIV Adolescentfocused care is critical to identify and reduce atrisk behavior comorbidities and partner transmission Optimal medical and reproductive health care both now and in the future ...

September 2013

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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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Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Number 547

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

Number 544

(Reaffirmed 2014)

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

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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Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

Number 525

(Reaffirmed 2014)

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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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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Intimate Partner Violence

Number 518

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence IPV is a significant yet preventable public health problem that affects millions of women regardless of age economic status race religion ethnicity sexual orientation or educational background Individuals who are subjected to IPV may have lifelong consequences in...

February 2012

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Health Care Systems for Underserved Women

Number 516

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Underserved women are those who are unable to obtain quality health care by virtue of barriers created by poverty cultural differences race or ethnicity geography sexual orientation gender identity or other factors that contribute to health care inequities With passage of the Patient Prot...

January 2012

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