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Ob/Gyns Should Offer Long Acting Reversible Contraception First to Lower Unintended Pregnancy Rates

May 09, 2013

The Contraceptive CHOICE Project, a research study at Washington University in St. Louis, found that offering long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC) to women first, citing its low-failure rates, reduced rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion and increased continuation rates.

Improving Uterine Artery Embolization Outcomes in Infertility Patients

May 09, 2013

Uterine artery embolization for fibroids results in a tremendous reduction in menorrhagia. But while complication rates are low, up to 15% of patients are readmitted for indications like pain, bleeding and infection.

Improved Methods of Egg Preservation and Counseling Patients Seeking to Delay Conception

May 09, 2013

In October 2012, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine announced it no longer considers oocyte freezing experimental. This raises complex questions about how to counsel patients who wish to preserve eggs for social indications.

Botulinum Toxin A Therapy Proven Effective for Treating Urgency Urinary Incontinence

May 08, 2013

In a randomized study of 249 women treated for urge incontinence, Botulinum toxin A (Botox) reduced episodes from an average of 5 per day to 3.3 per day, equal to standard anticholinergic treatment.

Use of a Prophylactic Sling in Prolapse Repair Prevents Stress Incontinence

May 08, 2013

“Using a prophylactic sling during prolapse repair significantly reduces postoperative stress incontinence,” said Anthony Visco, a representative of the American Urogynecologic Society at the 61st annual American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists meeting.

Recognizing and Treating Vulvar Diseases

May 07, 2013

Many ob/gyns and nurse practitioners see vulvovaginal disease on a day-to-day-basis, but lack the knowledge to accurately diagnose and treat them. At ACOG’s 61st Annual Clinical Meeting, Hope Haefner, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, and Lynette Margesson, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery (Dermatology) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, presented tips to help clinicians identify common and rare vulvar diseases.