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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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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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Challenges for Overweight and Obese Women

Committee Opinion Number 591, March 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 470, October 2010)

ABSTRACT Overweight and obesity are epidemic in the United States Obesity is a risk factor for numerous conditions including diabetes hypertension high cholesterol stroke heart disease certain types of cancer and arthritis The prevalence of obesity is high exceeding 30 in adult women and men Many ...

March 2014

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies

Committee Opinion Number 609, October 2014

ABSTRACT Each year more than 24000 women die from colorectal cancer which makes it the third leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer and breast cancer However screening tests are underused for many segments of the population and are ordered in a manner inconsistent with guidelines...

October 2014

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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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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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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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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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Health Care for Homeless Women

Committee Opinion Number 576, October 2013

(Replaces No. 454, February 2010, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Homelessness continues to be a significant problem in the United States Women and families represent the fastest growing segment of the homeless population Health care for these women is a challenge but an important issue that needs to be addressed Homeless women are at higher risk of inj...

October 2013

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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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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Committee Opinion Number 627, March 2015

(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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Health Care for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Committee Opinion Number 515, January 2012

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Sixty percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women live in metropolitan areas Most are not eligible for health care provided by the federal Indian Health Service IHS The IHS partly funds 34 Urban Indian Health Organizations which vary in size and services Some are small informationa...

January 2012

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Health Care Systems for Underserved Women

Committee Opinion Number 516, January 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

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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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Committee Opinion Number 641, September 2015

(This Committee Opinion Replaces Committee Opinion Number 588)

ABSTRACT Human papillomavirus HPV is associated with the development of anogenital cancer including cervical vaginal vulvar penile and anal oropharyngeal cancer and genital warts Human papillomavirus vaccination can significantly reduce the incidence of anogenital cancer and genital warts Despite ...

September 2015

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Integrating Immunizations Into Practice

Committee Opinion Number 661, April 2016

ABSTRACT Immunization against vaccinepreventable diseases is an essential component of womens primary and preventive health care Despite the importance of vaccination and clear guidance from public health agencies rates of vaccination lag behind national goals Obstetriciangynecologists can play a ...

April 2016

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Intimate Partner Violence

Committee Opinion Number 518, February 2012

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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Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

Committee Opinion Number 625, March 2015

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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Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Committee Opinion Number 574, September 2013

(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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Menstruation in Girls and Adolescents: Using the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign

Committee Opinion Number 651, December 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion 349, November 2006)

ABSTRACT Despite variations worldwide and within the US population median age at menarche has remained relatively stablebetween 12 years and 13 yearsacross wellnourished populations in developed countries Environmental factors including socioeconomic conditions nutrition and access to preventive h...

December 2015

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