ACOG in the News: New Breast Cancer Guidelines, Alcohol During Pregnancy, a Decrease in STI Screenings, and Help for Morning Sickness

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.

CNN New breast cancer guidelines: screen later, less often

Now three key groups -- the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- recommend different ages for starting regular mammograms: 40, 45 and 50 respectively.

"Our biggest concern is that this will create a lot of potential havoc in the day-to-day practice of caring for women," said Dr. Christopher Zahn, the vice president of practice activities for ACOG.

Ob.Gyn. News Why I will continue to perform clinical breast exams

the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) stands by its previous recommendations for screening to begin at age 40 years and be conducted every 1-2 years and then annually after age 50. Moreover, ACOG continues to encourage clinical breast exams every year for women over age 19.

TODAY Drinking while pregnant: No amount of alcohol is safe according to latest report

Calling prenatal exposure to alcohol the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual disabilities in children, the American Academy of Pediatrics says no amount of alcohol should be viewed as safe throughout a pregnancy.

The advice is similar to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has long advised that there is no safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed throughout a pregnancy, and that it's best to avoid drinking while pregnant.

Glamour Recommendations for Less Frequent Pap Tests Caused a Decrease in STI Screenings

Here in the US, you might be surprised to learn that the Pap test recommendations are similar. “US guidelines start cervical cancer screening at age 21 and [then] every three years until age 30 if results are normal, regardless of sexual debut or activity,” Cheryl Iglesia, M.D., an ob-gyn and member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) told Glamour. 


NY Magazine–The Cut Why Am I Getting So Many Yeast Infections?

The vulva and vagina are very sensitive thanks to lots of nerve endings. Certain products and habits can irritate them and lead to itching and discomfort that women might confuse with a yeaster, says Dr. Gunter, who's also a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Fusion What really happens to your vagina before, during, and after giving birth

“The first thing I tell people is that your vaginal discharge can change during pregnancy,” said Rosser, who is also a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “You might notice—but there’s nothing to worry about—an increase in white-ish discharge and clear discharge. The milky white discharge you see increases as you go through pregnancy, and as long as it’s not associated with any pain or itching, there’s nothing to worry about.”

CBS News Flu and whooping cough vaccine combo safe for pregnant women

Dr. Richard Beigi, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told CBS News there was no reason to believe getting the two vaccines together would be unsafe in pregnant women, but it had never been addressed before in research.

"This study is reassuring in that it involved thousands of women at multiple centers," said Beigi, who is also a spokesperson for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It validates what we've already known for years but it's really nice to see this. It provides reassurance that when you give them together it's very safe. There's no signal in study that would be of concern for an OB care provider."

CBS Morning sickness? Doctors say this treatment helps

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy that affects about half of all expectant mothers. Recently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offered updated recommendations to combat the condition. It says studies have shown that taking a combination of vitamin B6 and the antihistamine doxylamine is effective for symptoms like vomiting or nausea -- and safe for women and their unborn babies.

"There's been a lot of women who've used it and they've got good data to show that there's no risk to the fetus," the group's Dr. Laura Sirott told CBS News.

The drugs are sold separately over the counter, or combined in a prescription pill.

ACOG also looked at another morning sickness drug, ondansetron, or Zofran, but decided there is not enough data yet on the drug's effects on fetal safety to issue a recommendation. The group is urging further studies of the drug.

MedPage Today Include Parents in Periviable Birth Plan, Say OB/GYN Groups-Inform parents about potential outcomes, decide on interventions

Clinicians and the family should work together to formulate a predelivery plan with recommendations for care, which may be modified based on the clinical situation, according to the consensus statement published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Periviable birth is defined as that taking place from 20 to 25 weeks gestation, with concurrence among several medical societies. It was developed at a joint workshop between ACOG, SMFM, theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Medscape ACOG Urges More Frequent Use of Operative Vaginal Delivery

An updated practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) affirms the use of operative vaginal delivery as a way to avoid cesarean delivery and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

ACOG's Obstetrics Practice Bulletins Committee published the updated practice bulletin in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. It replaces Practice Bulletin 17, released in June 2000.

The Doctors
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Is It Ever Acceptable?

The Doctors discuss the latest findings by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding alcohol consumption during pregnancy. 

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