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Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 474, February 2011

(Replaces No. 284, August 2003, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Obstetric Practice acknowledges that the issue of nonobstetric surgery during pregnancy is an important concern for physicians who care for women It is important for a physician to obtain an obstetric consultation before...

February 2011

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Obstetric Management of Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Committee Opinion Number 275, September 2002

(Replaces No. 121, April 1993, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Effective rehabilitation and modern reproductive technology may increase the number of women considering pregnancy who have spinal cord injuries SCIs It is important that obstetricians caring for these patients are aware of the specific problems related to SCIs Autonomic dysreflexia is th...

September 2002

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OnabotulinumtoxinA and the Bladder

Committee Opinion Number 604, June 2014

ABSTRACT In January 2013 the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of onabotulinumtoxinA also known as Botox A for the treatment of overactive bladder thus providing another treatment option for women Symptoms of overactive bladder have been shown to significantly improve after onabotul...

June 2014

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Oocyte Cryopreservation

Committee Opinion Number 584, January 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT In 2013 the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology published a joint document Mature Oocyte Cryopreservation A Guideline which addresses advances in techniques to freeze human eggs that have resulted in significant recent improvemen...

January 2014

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Opioid Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction in Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 524, May 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Opioid use in pregnancy is not uncommon and the use of illicit opioids during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes The current standard of care for pregnant women with opioid dependence is referral for opioidassisted therapy with methadone but emerging eviden...

May 2012

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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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Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice

Committee Opinion Number 658, February 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 361, February 2007)

ABSTRACT Although most women in the United States initiate breastfeeding more than one half wean earlier than they desire As reproductive health experts and advocates for womens health who work in conjunction with other obstetric and pediatric health care providers obstetriciangynecologists are un...

February 2016

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Options for Prevention and Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in Adolescent Patients Undergoing

Committee Opinion Number 606, August 2014

ABSTRACT Adolescents undergoing cancer treatment are at high risk of heavy menstrual bleeding and gynecologists may be consulted either before the initiation of cancer treatment to request strategies for menstrual suppression or during an episode of severe heavy bleeding to stop the bleeding emerg...

August 2014

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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan

Committee Opinion Number 569, August 2013

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Oral health is an important component of general health and should be maintained during pregnancy and through a womans lifespan Maintaining good oral health may have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease diabetes and other disorders In 20072009 35 of US women reported that they did ...

August 2013

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Oral Intake During Labor

Committee Opinion Number 441, September 2009

Reaffirmed 2015

ABSTRACT There is insufficient evidence to address the safety of any particular fasting period for solids in obstetric patients Expert opinion supports that patients undergoing either elective cesarean delivery or elective postpartum tubal ligation should undergo a fasting period of 68 hours Adher...

September 2009

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Ovarian Reserve Testing

Committee Opinion Number 618, January 2015

ABSTRACT The main goal of ovarian reserve testing is to identify those individuals who are at risk of decreased or diminished ovarian reserve commonly known as DOR Although ovarian reserve testing cannot predict the end of ones reproductive years results outside the range expected for a patients a...

January 2015

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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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Pain Relief During Labor

Committee Opinion Number 295, July 2004

(Replaces No. 231, February 2000, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Pain management should be provided whenever medically indicated The American Society of Anesthesiologists ASA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG believe that women requesting epidural analgesia during labor should not be deprived of this service based on thei...

July 2004

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Partnering With Patients to Improve Safety

Committee Opinion Number 490, May 2011

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 320, November 2005)

Abstract Actively involving patients in the planning of health services is recommended as a means of improving the quality of care This can increase patient engagement and reduce risk resulting in improved outcomes satisfaction and treatment adherence Introduction The foundation for a positive phy...

May 2011

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Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Committee Opinion Number 621, January 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 472, November 2010)

ABSTRACT The advantages of health information technology IT include facilitating communication between health care providers improving medication safety tracking and reporting and promoting quality of care through optimized access to and adherence to guidelines Health IT systems permit the collect...

January 2015

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Patient Safety in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 447, December 2009

(Reaffirmed 2015, Replaces No. 286, October 2003)

ABSTRACT Since publication of the Institute of Medicines landmark report To Err is Human Building a Safer Health System emphasis on patient safety has steadily increased Obstetriciangynecologists should continuously incorporate elements of patient safety into their practices and also encourage oth...

December 2009

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Patient Safety in the Surgical Environment

Committee Opinion Number 464, September 2010

(Replaces No. 328, February 2006, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Ensuring patient safety in the operating room begins before the patient enters the operative suite and includes attention to all applicable types of preventable medical errors including for example medication errors but surgical errors are unique to this environment Steps to prevent wrong...

September 2010

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Patient Testing Ethical Issues in Selection and Counseling

Committee Opinion Number 363, April 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Recommendations to patients about testing should be based on current medical knowledge a concern for the patients best interests and mutual consultation In addition to establishing a diagnosis testing provides opportunities to educate inform and advise The ethical principles of respect fo...

April 2007

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Performance Enhancing Anabolic Steroid Abuse in Women

Committee Opinion Number 484, April 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Anabolic steroids are composed of testosterone and other substances related to testosterone that promote growth of skeletal muscle increase hemoglobin concentration and mediate secondary sexual characteristics These substances have been in use since the 1930s to promote muscle growth impr...

April 2011

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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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