ACOG in the News: Contraceptive Coverage, Electronic Cigarettes, Reproductive Health Apps, and 2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for women and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles. 

Roll Call Why All Methods of FDA-Approved Birth Control Must be Covered by Insurance

A commentary by ACOG EVP and CEO Hal C. Lawrence, MD, and Deborah Nucatola, MD, senior director of medical service for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Time What the New Study on Preterm Birth Actually Means

An op-ed by ACOG EVP and CEO Hal C. Lawrence, MD, about a recent study that evaluated survival rates at very early term gestation – and how media coverage of this study has been inaccurate and misleading.

Ob.Gyn.News Feds Instruct Insurers to Cover Range of Contraceptives

Dr. Mark S. DeFrancesco, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, lauded the guidance, calling it much needed to compel insurers to comply with the ACA’s birth control requirements.

Yahoo!Health “I Set Her Free”: What One Woman Wants Lawmakers to Know About Her Late-Term Abortion

The issue of fetal viability outside of the womb is controversial, if for no other reason than the fact that there is “no point when [viability] is clearly established” in a fetus’s development, as Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, explained during a press call.

Highlights of Coverage Based on Research Released and Discussed at the 2015 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

OBG Management ACOG Presidents Highlight Their Visions for the College at the 2015 Clinical Meeting

Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, incoming president, noted that, with a team-based focus on practice, he will be able to “take it to the next level” and approach population health. “We need to recognize that many women patients—certainly, between the ages of 18 and 50—see their ObGyn primarily for health care. Short of an acute illness, they tend to not see other doctors.” Among the health issues that merit special attention among these women are obesity and smoking, Dr. DeFrancesco said.

HealthDay (national pickup) Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes “Safer” Than Regular Cigarettes

More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What's more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. And fewer than two-thirds of the women thought that e-cigarettes could be addictive.

Medscape Women’s Reproductive Health Apps Lack Quality Standards

Smartphone applications that track a woman's reproductive health are proliferating, but some provide inaccurate or misleading information, according to a recent survey.

"I was surprised by the lack of quality," said Michelle Moglia, MS, from Planned Parenthood in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Ob.Gyn.News First Trimester Smoking Cessation Reduces Preterm Birth Risk By 24%

The findings underscore the need to counsel teen mothers that smoking cessation at any point in pregnancy will reduce the risk for preterm birth, Dr. Moore said. “Targeted counseling and interventions should focus on early smoking cessation in this group of mothers who are at an inherently high risk of preterm birth, as it results in the most substantial risk reduction for delivering prior to 37 weeks.” Many Women on Contraception Get Pregnant Within a Year of Giving Birth

In the U.S., 51 percent of all pregnancies are unintended, according to Eve Espey, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, who spoke at a session of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. What's more, 53 percent of unintended pregnancies are among women who are using contraception, "which indicates there's an issue" with the type of birth control women are using, she said.

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