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

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.

Generic Seasonique Now Available

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ashlyna (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol; Glenmark Generics) Extended-Cycle Oral Contraceptive Tablets, the generic version of Teva Women's Health's Seasonique.

Benefits, Risks Seen in Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery

After undergoing weight-loss surgery, women are significantly less prone to diabetes during pregnancy but twice as likely to deliver smaller-than-normal infants.

Preconception Low Dose Aspirin Could Help Some Women After Pregnancy Loss

A low-dose aspirin (LDA) regimen initiated before conception may increase fecundability in some women with a recent early pregnancy loss, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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.

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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