Health News, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Benefits Long-Term Survival of Women

Washington, DC -- Leaving both ovaries intact during a hysterectomy for benign (noncancerous) reasons benefits long-term survival for women until at least age 65, according to new research published August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study found that women younger than age 65 clearly benefit from retaining their ovaries and that there was no clear health benefit from a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries) for any age woman. The study did not include information about women at high risk of ovarian cancer. According to an accompanying editorial by David L. Olive, MD, this study is not definitive but it "is sure to provide significant impact upon clinical practice."

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Two Major Women's Health Groups Call Attention to a Leading Reproductive Cancer

Washington, DC -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) today issued guidance to physicians for diagnosing, managing, and treating endometrial cancer, the most common female genital tract malignancy. In the US, more than 40,000 women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer this year; it is the fourth most common cancer in women, behind lung, breast, and colon cancer. Approximately 7,310 women die annually from the disease. Because it is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system, nearly all ob-gyns will encounter the disease sometime in their career.

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Pregnancy and Depression: What Women Need to Know

Washington, DC -- In response to recent celebrity statements about postpartum depression, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation's leading organization of physicians specializing in women's health care, provides the following excerpt, "Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster," from ACOG's Plum(TM) magazine, as a resource for women and their families. Plum(TM) is the first-ever pregnancy magazine to target American women age 35 and older and is distributed free of charge by obstetrician-gynecologists to their patients.

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Only Half of Women Requesting Postpartum Sterilization Undergo the Procedure

Washington, DC -- Many pregnant women in the US who request postpartum sterilization ultimately do not undergo the procedure (46%). Consequently, health care providers should counsel all women who desire postpartum sterilization about a wide array of contraceptive methods, according to a report in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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