ACOG in the News: Everything You Need to Know About Kyleena, The New IUD, and Planning for a Safe Pregnancy

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers 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.

Kaiser Health News Insurers May Insist On Counseling Before Genetic Tests For Breast Cancer

“This is what we do,” said Dr. Mark DeFrancesco, the immediate past president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, noting that most physicians have been taking family histories since medical school. “There are simple-to-understand criteria for who should be considered for genetic testing, and it usually has to do with whether you or someone in your family has had cancer.”

The Associated Press Research finds talc doesn't cause cancer; juries disagree

If there were a true link, Dr. Hal C. Lawrence III says large studies that tracked women's health for years would have verified results of the smaller look-back ones.

"Lord knows, with the amount of powder that's been applied to babies' bottoms, we would've seen something" if talc caused cancer, said Lawrence, vice president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


The Huffington Post Everything You Need To Know About Kyleena, The New IUD

All the hormonal IUDs on the market have low systemic levels of levonorgestrel, according to Dr. Nikki Zite, a physician in the University of Tennessee’s department of obstetrics and gynecology. The subtle differences between each one are meant to offer women more choice about how they want to prevent pregnancy and perhaps even alter their period flow.

“Some women want the benefit of having light-to-no periods, achieved through slightly more levonorgestrel, but other women want the absolute smallest amount that will effectively prevent pregnancy,” Zite said. “By ensuring a woman has comprehensive understanding of her options and how they correspond with her personal priorities, we help women increase the likelihood of satisfaction with her contraceptive method.”

Yahoo! Beauty Donald Trump’s Birth Control Plan Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Women’s Health Experts Say

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reaffirmed its opinion earlier this year, recommending that oral contraception be made over the counter with self-screening tools made available for women to check for potential contraindications. Although, as an ACOG spokesperson tells Yahoo Beauty, “ACOG supports over-the-counter access, but it’s more complicated than just that. Cost is a major factor.”

As the ACOG committee opinion states, it’s highly likely that “some women might be adversely affected by changing to over-the-counter [oral contraceptives] if they lose insurance coverage for their preferred contraceptive method” and that “any plan to improve access to [oral contraceptives] by moving toward behind-the-counter or over-the-counter access should address issues of cost.”


MedPage Today Cesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity Risk in Offspring

"While this single study is not definitive, it does contribute to the body of literature on cesarean delivery and obesity. One particular strength of the study is the length of time they followed up the offspring," said Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, of the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and a spokesperson for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

"I don't think there are particular clinical implications other than we should only do cesareans with medical indications," Caughey said. "I think the 'elective' cesarean that is done simply for scheduling purposes, etc, is mostly a thing of the past in the U.S., but hopefully this kind of research will strengthen this trend."

Charleston Gazette-Maili Dr. Coy Flowers: Zika outbreak is no time for WV panic

“There is one more significant task that each and every one of us can do to stem the Zika outbreak. We all need to call on the Congress to fully fund a comprehensive program to effectively address this health crisis.

Today, contact West Virginia’s U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (202-224-3954) and Shelley Moore Capito (202-224-6472), as well as our U.S. Representatives Alex Mooney (202-225-2711), David McKinley (202-225-4172), and Evan Jenkins (202-225-3452) to ask them to immediately provide the CDC the resources it needs to keep us all safe.” - Coy A. Flowers, M.D., vice chair-elect of the West Virginia Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists

U.S. News & World Report Planning for a Safe Pregnancy

The CDC advises women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy avoid traveling to areas with Zika. (Updated notices of hotspots can be found at In fact, "both the woman and her partner should avoid travel to Zika endemic areas," says Dr. Neil Silverman, a spokesperson for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UCLA School of Medicine.


Kaiser Health News Expert Panel Recommends Expansion Of Services With No Cost Sharing For Women

We have really confused the heck out of women,” said Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Do I start at age 40, do I start at 50, do I do it every year or do I do it every other year? We wanted to get some uniformity.”

ACOG was awarded a 5-year grant to manage the review process, working in conjunction with a steering committee of nearly two dozen provider groups from different women’s health disciplines.


Reuters Task force advises routine preeclampsia screening in pregnancy

It’s unlikely that the new guidelines would change the way doctors approach screening, said Dr. Christopher Zahn, vice president of practice activities for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

“We have supported blood pressure measurement at every visit,” Zahn said by email. “The recommendations reinforce our clinical guidelines.”

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