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

Number 651

(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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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

Number 641

(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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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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Evaluation of Uncomplicated Stress Urinary Incontinence in Women Before Surgical Treatment

Number 603

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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Ethical Issues in the Care of the Obese Woman

Number 600

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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The Initial Reproductive Health Visit

Number 598

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 460, July 2010)

ABSTRACT The initial visit for screening and the provision of reproductive preventive health care services and guidance should take place between the ages of 13 years and 15 years The initial reproductive health visit provides an excellent opportunity for the obstetriciangynecologist to start a pa...

May 2014

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Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Number 595

Abstract Preexposure prophylaxis is defined as the administration of antiretroviral medications to individuals who are not infected with human immunodeficiency virus HIV and are at the highest risk of acquiring HIV infection In combination with other proven HIVprevention methods preexposure prophy...

May 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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Preparing for Clinical Emergencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Number 590

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 487, April 2011)

ABSTRACT Patient care emergencies may occur at any time in any setting particularly the inpatient setting It is important that obstetriciangynecologists prepare themselves by assessing potential emergencies establishing early warning systems designating specialized first responders conducting emer...

March 2014

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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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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan

Number 569

(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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Elder Abuse and Women's Health

Number 568

(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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Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

Number 567

(Replaces No. 408, June 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and accordingly may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early ...

July 2013

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Reprocessed Single-Use Devices

Number 537

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The reprocessing and reuse of singleuse instruments has become increasingly common Although there are limited data on reprocessed singleuse devices existing studies have found a significant rate of physical defects performance issues or improper decontamination There are currently no data...

October 2012

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Well-Woman Visit

Number 534

(Reaffirmed 2014)

Abstract The annual health assessment annual examination is a fundamental part of medical care and is valuable in promoting prevention practices recognizing risk factors for disease identifying medical problems and establishing the clinicianpatient relationship The annual health assessment should ...

August 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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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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