Sandra Fyfe is a freelance writer for Contemporary OB/GYN.
Study: Progestin-only pills more effective than previously thought
A literature review published in the journal Contraception finds progestin-only pills (POP) may be more effective than expected.
Pharmacy’s role in contraceptive counseling and care
Community pharmacists need more support and resources to provide quality contraceptive counseling and care, according to a study published in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Hormonal contraceptives and adverse effects: What’s the evidence?
An umbrella review of meta-analysis studies on hormonal contraceptives published in JAMA Network Open finds no high-quality evidence that they cause major adverse health outcomes such as stroke or cancer.
Sleep quality affects newborns’ weight in women with IVF pregnancies
A study published in the journal Sleep and Breathing found sleep quality influenced newborn weight in a gender-specific and trimester-specific way.
Requests for intrauterine device self-removal guidance from clinics during COVID-19
A study published in the journal Contraception shows patients sought guidance from clinics to remove their own IUDs at a much higher rate than before the pandemic.
Can sleep quality affect the results of in vitro fertilization?
A study published in the journal Scientific Reports may shed light on a potential connection between sleep quality and IVF success.
Can intimate hygiene practices help manage vulvovaginal candidiasis?
A research study examined the role of a medicated feminine wash as an adjunct treatment for candidiasis.
2019 Canadian national survey on abortion shows increase in available providers and services
The survey highlighted increased services through primary care and in rural areas, and also emphasized a need for more providers to ensure equitable access.
Pregnancy outcomes affected by aerobic vaginitis
Aerobic vaginitis (AV) in pregnant Vietnamese women correlated with a higher risk of puerperal sepsis and negative pregnancy outcomes.
Researchers investigate psoriasis and adverse pregnancy outcomes
A study published in JAAD International examined the association between psoriasis and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) and found that providers should be on the lookout for ectopic pregnancies (EP) in this population.
Cannabis consumption and endometriosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic
A study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research found that women often used cannabis to manage endometriosis symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open-ended interviews shed light on US women’s perspective of fibroid burden
A study published in Women’s Health Reports offers deeper knowledge of women’s lived experience with fibroids in their own words, and confirms the burden of the disease.
Belgian study finds seasonal variance in Candida infections
The research published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine found women were more likely to have infections in the summer.
The burden of endometriosis on patients and the health care system
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine highlights the high burden of endometriosis, including infertility, comorbidities, health care usage, and medical costs.
Vitamins and dietary compounds play a role in uterine fibroids
Vitamins and diet can play a role in the prevention and treatment of uterine fibroids, according to a literature review spanning 20 years published in the journal Nutrients.
Enhanced recovery after surgery program following focused ultrasound ablation surgery for uterine fibroids
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs could help reduce hospitalization time, costs, and opioid use.
Uterine fibroids and risk of depression, anxiety, and self-directed violence
Women with uterine fibroids (UF) experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and self-directed violence, especially those with pain or who have had a hysterectomy, according to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Factors that may predict endometriosis progression to ovarian cancer
A study published in the Journal of Ovarian Research examines factors that may cause endometriosis to progress to ovarian cancer.
Balancing the rewards and risks of hormonal acne treatments
Julie Harper, MD, of the Dermatology and Skin Care Center of Birmingham, Alabama explained the use, side effects, and risks of spironolactone and oral contraceptives in a presentation at the current Maui Derm for Dermatologists meeting in Maui, Hawaii.
Data aid in treatment for vulvovaginal health, sexual function after cancer
Analyzing the relationship between data from patient self-reports and clinician ratings of vulvovaginal tissue health following cancer can help provide better sexual function treatment for patients, according to a recent study.
Government has important role in reducing racial maternal health disparities
The report released on September 15 reveals that racial maternal health disparities have greatly increased over the last 30 years, and the federal government has an active role to play in reducing them.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals associated with uterine leiomyoma and endometriosis in US women
A study published in Frontiers in Endocrinology correlates US women’s multiple chemical exposures to uterine leiomyoma (UL) or uterine fibroids (UF) and endometriosis (EM).
Adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease need standardized sexual and reproductive health counseling
The data suggest that both SCD providers and AYA need better evidence and educational resources for contraception, as well as coordinated SRH counseling, according to researchers.
Emergency department visits increase for fibroids, while hospital admissions decrease
Emergency department (ED) visits in women affected by leiomyomas, or uterine fibroids (UFs), are increasing, but hospital admissions for this patient population are decreasing, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Study predicts late summer and fall 2021 baby boom
While pregnancy rates fell at the beginning of the pandemic, researchers expect a birth volume increase based on prospective modeling.
Risk factors determine need for fetal echocardiogram in IVF pregnancies
Despite current recommendations to perform a fetal echocardiogram in all in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies, recent study findings show that may not be necessary.
Breast cancer patients need personalized follow-up care
The unmet need for personalized follow-up care due to a wide variety of health burdens after treatment needs to be addressed.
Developmental abnormalities due to fetus and placenta, study finds
A recent study shows that abnormal development is controlled by the genetics of the fetus and placenta, rather than the intrauterine environment.
Quest Study: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screenings Down, Infections Up During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Quest 2020 Health Trends Study® has revealed declining rates in gonorrhea and chlamydia screenings, while positive tests increased, an issue that needs urgent public health attention.
US Women's Sexual Health and Reproductive Care Part II
A webinar held by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in April shared highlights from the 2020 Women’s Health Survey, followed by a panel discussion on its implications in several areas. This article captures the discussion portion of the webinar.
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