FDA Statement: Pain Meds During Pregnancy

The 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.

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Pap Testing Overuse Factors

Demographic variables associated with overuse of Papanicolaou (Pap) testing have been identified.

Vitamin D May Not Prevent Vaginosis

A new study suggests that high doses of vitamin D may not help prevent the return of bacterial vaginosis (BV).

Spotting as Endometriosis Marker with Infertility

Premenstrual spotting for two or more days is associated with endometriosis in women with infertility.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Rates Identified

As many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth.

Worse Perinatal Outcomes with Eating Disorders

Maternal eating disorders are associated with adverse pregnancy, obstetric, and perinatal health outcomes.

Chart: Drugs Used in Pregnancy

Review this newly updated chart on drugs used in pregnancy for quick information when you need it.

News

In Obese Moms, Optimal Gestational Weight Gain May Vary

For some obese women, gestational weight gain (GWG) below that recommended in the current guidelines may be advised to reduce the risk of certain adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Hormonal Contraceptives May Increase Brain Cancer Risk

But odds of any one user getting the tumor remain extremely small, experts stress

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.

Survival Rates for Extremely Premature Infants on Rise

More extremely premature U.S. infants - those born after only 22 to 28 weeks of gestation - are surviving, according to a new study.

Mercury From Fish May Not Impact Pregnancy After All

Despite concerns over mercury exposure, pregnant women who eat lots of fish may not harm their unborn children, a new study suggests.

Case Studies

Are Postpartum Women Prone to IUD Uterine Perforation?

Are Postpartum Women Prone to IUD Uterine Perforation?

Ms. R, a 28-year-old G1P1 presents at four weeks postpartum requesting long-acting contraception via an IUD.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Case Reveals More Underlying Conditions

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Case Reveals More Underlying Conditions

Mrs. A, a 35-year-old G2P2 reports for an annual exam and contraceptive counseling as a new patient to your practice. She states that her menstrual cycles are "regular," occurring monthly, but reports heavier bleeding, often passing clots. She also is experiencing increased cramping with her periods.

Postmenopausal Palpable Ovary Discovered

Postmenopausal Palpable Ovary Discovered

Mrs. E, a 55-year-old G1,P1 presents as a new patient, having just moved to the area. She admits to "missing" her annual GYN exams for "several years." She describes herself as "healthy and active" and states that she engages in regular exercise (walking).

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