USPSTF Calls for More Research in These 5 Women's Health Issues

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its annual Report to Congress reporting on 5 high-priority evidence gaps regarding women's health.

Healthy Weight Before, During Pregnancy Reduces Infant Death Risk

Healthy weight management before getting pregnant and appropriate weight gain during pregnancy significantly reduce the risk of infant death.

How Previous Pill Use Affects Ovarian Cancer Outcomes

Compared to those who had not been on oral contraceptives, patients who had taken the pill had improved progression-free survival as well as overall survival.

Antibiotic Class Not Linked to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

A new study has found that the two most commonly prescribed antibiotics are not associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes in pregnant women.

ACOG: Committee Opinion Highlights Importance of Contraceptive Implants, IUDs

Ob-Gyns may help lower unintended pregnancy rates by increasing access to contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for patients, according to a Committee Opinion paper released by ACOG.

AAP Advises No Alcohol at All During Pregnancy

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new clinical report in the November issue of Pediatrics emphasizing that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy due to the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

Addyi Tablets Now Available for Female HSDD

Sprout announced that that Addyi (flibanserin) tablets are now available for the treatment of acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.

Drug Interactions in Placenta Could Pose Risk for Fetus

Research in the American Society for Microbiology's journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy found that pregnant women taking antiviral medications to treat hepatitis C (HCV) and/or HIV with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or antihypertensives may have an increased risk of birth defects or stunted fetal growth, although these antiviral drugs have not been shown to directly cause harm to a fetus.

New Clinical Practice Guideline Details Menopausal Therapy Options

A new clinical practice guideline has been issued by the Endocrine Society on the treatment of menopausal symptoms.

As More States Cover Immediate Postpartum Contraception, Challenges Arise

As more states implement specific Medicaid reimbursement practices for immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, researchers from the University of Michigan Health System have identified challenges for agencies and providers alike in a study published in Contraception.

Infants Born to Mothers Exposed to This HIV Drug May Have Lower Bone Mass

According to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study, infants exposed in the womb to the HIV drug tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, may have lower bone mineral content than those exposed to other anti-HIV drugs.

For Genitourinary Menopausal Symptoms, Method of Tx Matters for Adherence

Research presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) supports previous findings that use of local estrogens for genitourinary symptoms of menopause (vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and urinary tract infections) are underutilized, but the study also reports that method of local treatment can impact treatment duration and adherence to therapeutic guidelines.

New Procedure for Preeclampsia Promising in Pilot Study

A pilot study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology outlines one of the first therapeutic interventions for preeclampsia that could allow women to safely prolong their pregnancy via removal of soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) from the blood via apheresis.

FDA Committee Meets to Discuss Essure Safety, Efficacy

Bayer HealthCare announced that a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee met to review and discuss data regarding the benefits and risks associated with use of the Essure medical device for hysteroscopic sterilization.

Small But Significant Stroke Risk Seen With Oral Contraceptives

An updated report in MedLink Neurology stated that oral contraceptives are associated with a small but significant increase in ischemic stroke risk, particularly for women who smoke, have hypertension, or a history of migraine headaches.

First Trimester Screening May Prevent Pregnancy Complications

Placental vascular disorders during early pregnancy is associated with increased risk of developing serious obstetric complications, a study from The American Journal of Pathology reported.

Flavonoid Could Lower Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

A flavonoid commonly found in fruits and vegetables shows promise in reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new research published in Springer Plus.

Safe and Effective Treatments for PMDD: A Review

An in-depth review of the safety and efficacy of treatments for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) has been published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice.

Novel Antibiotic Fast Tracked for Bacterial Vaginosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted SYM-1219 (secnidazole, Symbiomix) Fast Track designation for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV).

When Should Pregnant Patients Worry About Headaches?

Based on a new study published in Neurology, researchers have developed the first clinical recommendations for making diagnostic decisions regarding headaches in pregnant women.

FDA Approves Addyi for Women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Addyi (flibanserin) for the treatment of premenopausal women with acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) as characterized by low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, problems within the relationship, or the effects of a medication or other drug substance.

Microbiome May Help ID Women At Risk for Preterm Delivery

Significantly different microbiomes were seen in the reproductive tracts of pregnant women who had a baby born prematurely vs. women who delivered full term.

New App Predicts Woman's Risk of Pregnancy Each Day

Cycle Technologies announced the launch of Dot, a period-tracking and fertility app to evaluate a woman's risk of pregnancy for each day of her cycle.

GERD Risk Jumps in Women After IVF - But Why?

Women who conceive following in vitro fertilization (IVF) are significantly more likely to develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at least one year after delivery, although the risk does not vary with singleton and twin births, according to a study in the United European Gastroenterology Journal.

X-Ray Exposure to Fetus Not Linked to Harmful Effects, Study Finds

A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that imaging studies used to diagnose traumatic injuries sustained by pregnant women are safe when used properly.

Which Drugs Are Most Commonly Prescribed to Pregnant Women?

Results from a cohort study evaluating over one million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid revealed that nitrofurantoin was the most commonly dispensed medication during pregnancy.

New Findings on CCB Use in Late Pregnancy, Neonatal Seizure Risk

Contrary to prior research, a study appearing in Obstetrics & Gynecology reports no increased risk of seizures in neonates born to mothers exposed to calcium channel blockers (CCBs) in late pregnancy.

Oral Contraceptives Could Protect Against Endometrial Cx for Decades

An analysis has found that using oral contraceptives for even a few years can give long-term protection against endometrial cancer, showing greater risk reduction with longer use.

SSRI in Pregnancy Linked to Fewer Preterm Births, But Increase in Other Risks

The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat maternal psychiatric disorders was linked to a lower risk of preterm birth and a delivery but a higher risk of neonatal problems.

Vitamin D May Not Benefit Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women did not experience beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls with high-dose vitamin D, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Many New Mothers Not Receiving Advice From Clinicians

Many new mothers do not receive advice from clinicians on infant care or receive advice from healthcare professionals or family members that is not consistent with recommendations and guidelines, reports a new study in Pediatrics.

Fewer Teens Having Sex, But More Using Emergency Contraception

Use of emergency contraception by female teenagers has increased over the past decade while the percentage of both male and female teenagers who have had sexual intercourse has decline since 1988, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Investigational Menopause Drug Targets Brain Only

An investigational drug to treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms selectively delivers estrogen only to the brain, sparing other organs from hormone exposure and potential side effects.

Newborn's First Stool Could Signal Future Cognitive Problems

A baby's first stool may indicate that the child could have difficulty in cognitive development, new research from the Case Western Reserve University Project Newborn has shown.

Diabetes Drug May Not Prevent Birth of Overweight Babies

Giving antidiabetic drugs to obese pregnant women may not prevent their babies from being born overweight, according to a study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Small Risk of Birth Defects Seen With Some Antidepressants in Early Pregnancy

A study in BMJ reports that an increased risk of birth defects was seen with use of some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during early pregnancy, but that the absolute risk is still low if the association is indeed causal.

Caya Contoured Diaphragm Available for Contraception Up to 2 Years

HPSRx announced the launch of Caya, a non-hormonal contoured diaphragm for use as a female contraceptive barrier device for up to two years.

Out-of-Pocket Costs for Contraceptives Drop After ACA

A significant drop in out-of-pocket spending for oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices (IUDs) has been evident since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Alternate Confirmation Test for Essure Gets Nod from FDA

Bayer HealthCare announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an alternate confirmation test for Essure inserts, administered three months following the procedure for hysteroscopic sterilization.

Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Contraception Than Peers

There appears to be a difference in contraception use among female adolescents based on weight, as new research appearing in the Journal of Pediatrics found that sexually active obese adolescents were significantly less likely to use contraception compared to their normal weight peers.

FDA Approves New Combination Oral Contraceptive

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tri-Lo-Estarylla (ethinyl estradiol, norgestimate; Sandoz) tablets for oral contraception.

C-Section and Autism Risk: Are They Related?

Children who were born via cesarean section delivery were 21 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but this link was not found to be causal upon further analysis of sibling pairs, new research has found.

New Pelvic Muscle Training Device Available for Urinary Incontinence

The PeriCoach System is now available to strength and tone pelvic muscles in women with urinary incontinence following its approval in March 2015.

Swift Birth Control Implantation Postpartum Could Have Big Financial Savings

A computer model predicts that offering women immediate postpartum etonogestrel implant insertion could be extremely cost-effective for both new mothers and medical insurance companies.

ADHD Drug Helps Women With Menopause-Related Cognitive Issues in Study

A drug indicated for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder also helped women with executive functions related to menopause in research appearing in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Women Wishing to Conceive May Want to Avoid These Pain Meds, Study Suggests

A study presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) indicates that use of some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could have a negative impact on female fertility, even with short-term use.

Does Eating Placenta Really Help Moms Postpartum?

Interest in potential health benefits with consuming the placenta postpartum has increased in recent years, but a review in the Archives of Women's Mental Health found inconclusive data on the perceived health benefits with placentophagy.

Third Time's a Charm for Female Libido Drug Flibanserin

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee has voted 18-6 in favor of approving flibanserin, an investigational agent for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women if certain risk management options beyond labeling are implemented.

SSRI Use in Late Pregnancy Linked to PPHN, But Risk is Small

While a new study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), the absolute risk is small and the risk increase appears to be less than previous studies have suggested.

Antiviral Prevents Mother-to-Infant Transmission of HBV in Study

Research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology showed that nearly all pregnant women with hepatitis B virus (HBV) taking telbivudine had undetectable levels of HBV DNA in cord blood, with no severe adverse events or complications observed in women or infants.

Do Vitamin D, Calcium Supplements Reduce Menopausal Symptoms?

Vitamin D and calcium supplements do not appear to reduce menopausal symptoms in older women, reports a new study published in Maturitas, the official journal of the European Menopause and Andropause Society.

APAP Use During Pregnancy May Have Adverse Effect on Male Babies

Prolonged acetaminophen use (1 week) by pregnant women may suppress fetal testosterone production, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

Drop in Codeine Rx to Postpartum Women Seen After FDA Advisory

A new study in JAMA reports that a significant reduction in the rate of dispensing of codeine to postpartum women was observed following public health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada on potentially life-threatening adverse effects in infants of breastfeeding mothers taking codeine.

Study: 9-Valent HPV Vaccine Could Prevent 80% of Cervical Cancers

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Cedars-Sinai proposes that the 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers in the United States if administered to all 11- or 12-year-old children prior to exposure to the virus.

E-Reminders at Office Visit May Boost HPV Vaccination Rates

A simple electronic reminder during an office visit may encourage more patients to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, researchers have found.

New Human Donor Milk Can Be Stored at Room Temperature

Medolac Laboratories and the Mothers Milk Cooperative announced the launch of Co-op Donor Milk, the first direct-to-consumer human donor milk that can be stored at room temperature.

Essure's Long-Term Safety, Efficacy Announced in Study

Bayer HealthCare announced results from a study that support previous findings on the effectiveness and safety of the Essure inserts and procedure for hysteroscopic sterilization.

First-of-Kind Rapid Pregnancy Blood Test Cleared by FDA

Abbott announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted clearance for the i-STAT Total β-hCG blood test to detect if a woman is in the early stages of pregnancy.

High-Dose Creams More Effective for Genital Warts, Reports Study

A high-dose treatment of sodium nitrite and citric acid creams applied twice daily was more effective than placebo for treating anogenital warts, according to a new study in JAMA Dermatology.

Cranberries May Be as Effective in UTI Prevention as Antibiotics, Study Finds

Cranberry extract may lower the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) by 50% in women who have a catheter in place while undergoing elective gynecological surgery.

FDA Designates Cantrixil Orphan Drug for Ovarian Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to Cantrixil (TRXE-002; CanTx Inc.) for ovarian cancer.

Severe "Morning Sickness" May Increase ADHD, Anxiety Risk in Offspring

In utero exposure to hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is linked to a three-fold increase in risk of a neurodevelopmental diagnosis such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), reports the first study to examine this relationship.

Greater Chance of Twins Seen for Female Smokers With Genetic Variant

Researchers may have discovered a mechanistic explanation and preliminary evidence to support previous findings that mothers of twins are more likely to have smoked, despite smoking's potential deleterious effects on fertility.

Gestational Diabetes May Impact Child's Autism Risk

In a study published in JAMA, intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes by 26 weeks was linked to a risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

The Rx Opioid Epidemic Is Affecting Infants Too

Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found that most babies exposed to opioid pain relievers were more likely to be preterm, have complicated births, low birth weight, and have meconium aspiration syndrome and respiratory distress.

Liletta Available to Prevent Pregnancy for up to 3 Years

Actavis and Medicines360 announced the launch of Liletta (levonorgetsrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52mg for the prevention of pregnancy for up to 3 years.

IUDs, Implants Becoming More Popular Among Teens

Use of long-action reversible contraception (LARC), such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, increased from 2005-2013 among teens aged 15-19 seeking contraceptive services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Ovarian Cancer Therapy Granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation

The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to rucaparib (Clovis Oncology) as monotherapy treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in patients who have received at least two lines of prior platinum-containing therapy, with BRCA-mutated tumors, inclusive of both germline BRCA (gBRCA) and somatic BRCA (sBRCA) mutations.

Why It's Important to Skip the Junk Food in Late Pregnancy

Overconsumption of junk food late in pregnancy may be more harmful to the child than excess junk food early in the pregnancy, researchers from the University of Adelaide have shown.

Accurate BP Readings Vital to Early Preeclampsia Detection, Urges Review

A review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist emphasizes that accurate blood pressure measurement is vital to the early diagnosis of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Wireless Fetal Monitoring System Now Cleared for Home Use

AirStrip announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the AirStrip Sense4Baby wireless maternal/fetal monitoring system for use by pregnant patients to self-administer non-stress tests (NST).

AIUM: Ultrasound Should Be First-Line for Pelvic Imaging

Ultrasound is more cost-effective and safer than other imaging technologies for imaging the female pelvis and it should be the first modality used for patients with pelvic symptoms, advocates of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) have proposed.

Glyburide Use in Moms May Up Neonatal Adverse Events

Glyburide use in mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was associated with an increased risk for newborns to be admitted to an intensive care unit, have respiratory distress, hypoglycemia, birth injury, and be large for gestational age compared to infants born to women treated with insulin.

Studies Report Positive Impact of Walnuts in Multiple Health Conditions

Multiple studies have shown that walnuts may have a positive impact on important health conditions such as colon cancer, cognitive aging, and gut and vascular health.

Endo Society Supports Thyroid Screening for Some Women

The Endocrine Society has issued a response to the USPSTF's final recommendation statement on screening for thyroid dysfunction.

Study: Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women Not Consuming Enough of This Nutrient

Results from a large birth cohort study suggest women may not be consuming enough omega-3 to meet the recommendations for pregnancy and lactation.

First-in-Class Test to Aid IVF Embryo Selection Approved

Auxogyn announced the availability of the Eeva Test to help the embryo selection process by taking images of the embryos during the incubation period.

First Response Women's Multivitamin Line Coming Soon

Church & Dwight announced the expected launch of First Response Reproductive Health Multivitamin Gummies and PreNatal & PostNatal Multivitamin Gummies, an extension of the First Response product line.

CV Protection With HRT + Statins May Depend on Estrogen Type

Hormone therapy combined with statins may help protect women from heart disease or stroke after menopause, data from a Swedish population study has shown.

New OTC Emergency Contraceptive Launched

Afaxys announced the launch of EContra EZ (levonorgestrel) tablet, an over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraceptive.

Hospira Recalls Magnesium Sulfate Injection with Incorrect Barcode

Hospira has announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose 10mg/mL Injection after confirmed customer reports of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling.

Breastfeeding Benefits, Recommended Duration Updated in Position Paper

In an updated position paper, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated that breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for infants and very young children.

Cautious Use of Prenatal Antibiotics Advised to Reduce Asthma Risk in Offspring

Women whose children are at risk for developing asthma should avoid antibiotics to the extent that they can, a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports.

IUD Approval Gives Women New Long-Acting Birth Control Option

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Liletta (levonorgestrol-releasing intrauterine system; Actavis and Medicines360) for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years.

Obese Women Advised Not to Gain Weight Until Mid-Pregnancy, Says Study

Pregnant women with various classes of obesity should not gain any weight until mid-pregnancy or later for optimal pregnancy outcomes, according to a new study in the journal Obesity.

Genetics May Explain Higher Birth Defects Risk in Older Mothers

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a potential explanation as to why older mothers face a greater risk for having offspring born with conditions characterized by abnormal chromosome numbers, such as Down syndrome.

Stillbirth Delivery May Increase Long-Term Depression Risk

Women with no history of depression who deliver a stillbirth may have an increased risk for long-lasting depression, according to research.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Drug for Women Gets Closer to Approval

Sprout Pharmaceuticals has resubmitted its New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA for flibanserin for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.

New Fecal Incontinence Device Cleared for Females

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing of Pelvalon's Eclipse System for the treatment of fecal incontinence in females aged 18-75 years old who have had more than four episodes in a two-week period.

Smallest Estrogen Patch Now Available for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

Noven announced the launch of Minivelle (estradiol transdermal system) 0.025mg/day, a new low dosage strength approved for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Hormonal IUDs, Implants: Effective Beyond Approved Use?

Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants remain effective one year beyond their approved duration of use, preliminary research has shown.

Ibrance Approved for Metastatic Breast Cancer, Now Available

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to Ibrance (palbociclib; Pfizer) capsules for the treatment of postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative advanced breast cancer as initial endocrine-based therapy for their metastatic disease, in combination with letrozole.

Novel Cervical Retractor Device Gets FDA Clearance

Bioceptive announced it has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its suction cervical retractor for use in various gynecological procedures.

CDC: Reduce Opioid Exposure Among Reproductive-Aged Women

A new study shows the need for more interventions to reduce opioid prescriptions among women of reproductive potential, especially when safer alternatives are available or when opioid use is unnecessary.

Health Tracker Included in New Maternity Clothing Line

An undergraduate student at Cornell University has designed a collection of maternity wear that can also wirelessly monitor the mother's health using conductive silver fibers in the clothing fabric.

Folic Acid Important for NTD Prevention, Says CDC

New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports the protective effect of folic acid supplementation against recurrent neural tube defects (NTD).

Tarina Fe 1/20 Oral Contraceptive Now Available

Afaxys announced the availability of Tarina Fe 1/20 (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets, 1mg/20mcg/75mg) for the prevention of pregnancy in women who choose to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception.

FDA Releases Statement on Use of Pain Meds During Pregnancy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement regarding the benefits and potential risks associated with the use of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications during pregnancy in response to recent reports questioning their safety when used during pregnancy.

Positive Results for Elagolix in Endometriosis Study

AbbVie announced positive results from one of two ongoing Phase 3 trials for elagolix in premenopausal women with endometriosis.

Menopausal Symptoms Tied to Hip Fracture Risk

A new study shows that women who experience menopausal symptoms (eg, severe hot flashes, night sweats) tend to have lower bone mineral density and higher rates of hip fractures vs. women who do not have menopausal symptoms.

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