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Abortion Training and Education

Committee Opinion Number 612, November 2014

(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

Committee Opinion Number 615, January 2015

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

Committee Opinion Number 542, November 2012

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

Committee Opinion Number 530, July 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

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

Committee Opinion Number 582, December 2013

(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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Adolescent Confidentiality and Electronic Health Records

Committee Opinion Number 599, May 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Confidentiality concerns are heightened during adolescence and these concerns can be a critical barrier to adolescents in receiving appropriate health care Health care providers caring for minors should be aware of federal and state laws that affect confidentiality State statutes on the r...

May 2014

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

Committee Opinion Number 539, October 2012

(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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Committee Opinion Number 528, June 2012

(Replaces No. 368, June 2007, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists may find themselves at the center of adoption issues because of their expertise in the assessment and management of infertility pregnancy and childbirth The lack of clarity about both ethical issues and legal consequences may create challenges for physicians Ther...

June 2012

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Adult Manifestations of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Committee Opinion Number 498, August 2011

(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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Air Travel During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 443, October 2009

(Replaces No. 264, December 2001, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT In the absence of obstetric or medical complications pregnant women can observe the same precautions for air travel as the general population and can fly safely Pregnant women should be instructed to continuously use their seat belts while seated as should all air travelers Pregnant air t...

October 2009

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Alcohol Abuse and Other Substance Use Disorders: Ethical Issues in Obstetric and Gynecologic Practice

Committee Opinion Number 633, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 422, December 2008)

ABSTRACT Alcohol abuse and other substance use disorders are major often underdiagnosed health problems for women regardless of age race ethnicity and socioeconomic status and have resulting high costs for individuals and society The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edit...

June 2015

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Amnioinfusion Does Not Prevent Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Committee Opinion Number 346, October 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Amnioinfusion has been advocated as a technique to reduce the incidence of meconium aspiration and to improve neonatal outcome However a large proportion of women with meconiumstained amniotic fluid have infants who have taken in meconium within the trachea or bronchioles before meconium ...

October 2006

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Analgesia and Cesarean Delivery Rates

Committee Opinion Number 339, June 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016, Replaces No. 269, February 2002)

ABSTRACT Neuraxial analgesia techniques are the most effective and least depressant treatments for labor pain The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists previously recommended that practitioners delay initiating epidural analgesia in nulliparous women until the cervical dilatation rea...

June 2006

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Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy for Fetal Maturation

Committee Opinion Number 677, October 2016

ABSTRACT Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 07 weeks and 33 67 weeks of gestation including for those w...

October 2016

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Aromatase Inhibitors in Gynecologic Practice

Committee Opinion Number 663, June 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 412, August 2008)

ABSTRACT Aromatase inhibitors have been used for the treatment of breast cancer ovulation induction endometriosis and other estrogenmodulated conditions For women with breast cancer bone mineral density screening is recommended with longterm aromatase inhibitor use because of risk of osteoporosis ...

June 2016

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

Committee Opinion Number 496, August 2011

(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

Committee Opinion Number 278, November 2002

(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

Committee Opinion Number 552, January 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

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

Committee Opinion Number 375, August 2007

(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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Breast and Labial Surgery in Adolescents

Committee Opinion Number 662, May 2016

ABSTRACT The obstetriciangynecologist may receive requests from adolescents and their families for advice surgery or referral for conditions of the breast or vulva to improve appearance and function Appropriate counseling and guidance of adolescents with these concerns require a comprehensive and ...

May 2016

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