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New Guidance on Diagnosing and Reducing Period Pain Can Help Adolescents Thrive

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 16:58
Early diagnosis of dysmenorrhea, or painful periods, is key to ensuring that adolescents and women are able to effectively manage their symptoms and continue with their everyday activities with minimal disruption, according the latest guidance released today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Experts List Four Things Any Hospital Can Do Now to Prevent Maternal Mortality

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:58
U.S. hospitals of any size can start combatting maternal mortality and morbidity today by taking just four actions, according to a new Perspective article published in the November edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Ob-Gyns Help Shape Adolescent Understanding of Healthy Relationships

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 17:00

During adolescence, individuals are still learning what is and is not acceptable behavior in romantic and sexual relationships, as well as in friendships. By having conversations with adolescent patients about the characteristics of healthy relationships - communication, honesty, consent, enjoyment - ob-gyns can empower adolescents to make safe choices and to recognize “red flags”.  


Wed, 10/24/2018 - 15:50

Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, Elected President-Elect of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 18:03
Today, Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, of Granite Bay, CA, became president-elect of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) at the XXII FIGO World Congress. Her three-year term as president will begin in 2021. Conry has the distinguished honor of being the second woman to hold this position since FIGO was founded in 1954.

ACOG and Abt to Collaborate to Fight Cervical Cancer

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 15:36
ACOG and Abt Associates have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to work on projects to combat cervical cancer. 

ACOG and WPSI Release Materials to Support Women’s Preventive Care at Every Life Stage

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:08
Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued an updated version of its approach to preventive care, the “Well-Woman Visit” Committee Opinion, coinciding with the release of the ACOG-led Women’s Preventive Services Initiative’s (WPSI) new Well-Woman Chart. 

Ob-Gyns Support Breastfeeding Decisions for All Mothers

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:57
Although most women in the United States initiate breastfeeding, more than half wean earlier than they desire and fall short of their personal goals.

ACOG Releases New Guidance Aimed at Making VBAC Available to More Women

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 11:34
Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) should be attempted at maternal care facilities that typically manage uncomplicated births if they are capable of performing emergency deliveries, according to updated guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). 


Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:50

Nation’s Ob-Gyns Convene in Texas to Improve Women’s Health at ACOG’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:49
Nearly 4,000 women’s health care providers and researchers are gathered in Texas at the Austin Convention Center for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 66th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

ACOG Recommends Postpartum Pain Management Approach Tailored to Patients

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:48
Evidence shows that women experience pain in variable ways during the early postpartum period. As such, providers should engage in a shared decision-making approach to pain management instead of relying on a pre-defined number of tablets or duration. If used, opioids should only be prescribed for the shortest reasonable course expected for treating pain.

ACOG Redesigns Postpartum Care

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:47

Given the urgent need to reduce severe maternal morbidity and mortality, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released today a revised Committee Opinion to reinforce the importance of the “fourth trimester,” and to propose a new paradigm for postpartum care. Redefining postpartum care is an initiative set forth by ACOG President Haywood L. Brown, M.D.

Annual well woman visit to the OB/GYN can keep your heart healthy

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:46
As heart disease and stroke continue to be the leading causes of death in women, the advisory notes the essential role OB/GYNs play in actively helping women reduce their risk, since approximately 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion Intimidates and Shames Women Unnecessarily

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:46
While abortion is legal in the United States, some women attempt to self-induce abortion without medical assistance. The new Position Statement outlines ACOG specific objections to criminalizing women who attempt to or successfully self-induce an abortion.

Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., Becomes 69th President of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:45
Today, Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., of Houston, Texas became the 69th president of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), based in Washington, D.C. 

Ob-Gyns Can Help to Protect Working Moms’ Health, Safety and Fair Treatment in the Workplace

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:44
Patients who become pregnant may approach their ob-gyn with questions about the safety of continuing to work, and patients should be reassured that working during pregnancy is generally safe. As many as 56 percent of pregnant women continue to work full-time during pregnancy.

Joint Principles for Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:44

Our organizations, which represent more than 400,000 physicians and medical students, call on policymakers to join us in preserving the patient-physician relationship by ensuring that the practice of medicine is not unduly impeded by government interference.

Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis Call for Comprehensive, Public Health Approach to Addiction Treatment

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:41
Leaders of six medical organizations representing more than 560,000 physicians and medical students called on Congress today to adopt policies that recognize opioid use disorder (OUD) as a chronic disease of the brain that requires comprehensive treatment.