Which Oral Drug Is Best for Post-Cesarean Pain?
A meta-analysis sought to determine which oral painkillers were most effective after a c-section, but the findings were disappointing.
Cell-Free DNA Screening for Trisomy 21
Cell-free fetal DNA screening tests for trisomy 21 are more accurate than standard screening with nuchal translucency even in low-risk women.
Depression Risk and Fertility Treatment
Unsuccessful fertility treatment takes a toll on both partners, and knowing their mental health history can help predict depression risk.
New Sling Causes Less Pain after UI Surgery
A new adjustable single-incision bladder sling placed via the transobturator route for women with stress urinary incontinence shows promise.
Ultrasound Best for Investigating Pelvic Symptoms
OB/GYNs should begin with ultrasound to examine women presenting with pelvic symptoms, urges a physician group.
One Type of Bupivacaine Is Better Postsurgery
Use of a certain form of bupivacaine for pain control after gynecological surgery reduced the amount of opioids needed and may reduce recovery time.
Triad of Factors Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
New research shows certain women are 43 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus after childbirth.
Subfertility Itself May Explain Poor Birth Outcomes
Assisted reproductive technology is often thought to account for the risk of low birth weight and preterm birth, but new research finds another factor plays a role.
Drug Helps Protect Ovaries from Chemotherapy
The GnRH agonist goserelin, when given during chemotherapy, may protect against ovarian failure and early menopause in women with breast cancer.
HRT Unlikely to Have Cardioprotective Effects
Hormone replacement therapy won't protect postmenopausal women against stroke or heart disease, but don't discount it for symptoms of menopause just yet.
Chewing Gum May Be Handy for C-Section Patients
There isn't enough evidence to recommend chewing gum after a c-section or other surgery to improve GI function, but the practice won't hurt.
Are You Using Enough Force on Breast Exams?
Clinicians conducting breast examinations who don’t apply enough force during palpation risk missing deeper lesions.
Earlier Inductions Lead to Better Outcomes
Research in Denmark showed that elective inductions beginning at 37 weeks' gestation were associated with improved outcomes in babies.
Peer Support May Ease Postpartum Depression
A peer support telephone program manned by volunteers and run by nurses showed promise in reducing symptoms of postpartum depression.
Women Need More Info About Compounded Hormones
Women taking compounded bioidentical hormones for symptoms of menopause don't know as much as they should about the therapy.
Hot Flashes Can Linger for More Than a Decade
New research shows hot flashes last longer than once thought, and when they begin can indicate how long hot flashes will linger.
Hormonal IUDs Effective Beyond Approved Duration
Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants effectively prevent pregnancy at least 1 year beyond their approved duration of use.
Cervical Treatments Don't Hinder Fertility
Treatments to remove precancerous cervical lesions don't seem to affect a woman's ability to become pregnant, new research found.
Household Chemicals Linked to Earlier Menopause
Women with higher levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals from both environmental and household exposure have an earlier onset of menopause.
PCOS Ups Health and Hospitalization Risks
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk for metabolic and heart diseases and nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized.
Study Calls for More Thyroid Disease Screening
Consider thyroid disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, when evaluating women with fertility problems and recurrent early pregnancy loss.
Are Too Many Hysterectomies Being Performed?
Nearly 1 in 5 hysterectomies for benign indications were unnecessary, and nearly 2 in 5 had unsupportive pathology in women younger than 40.
Episiotomy Rates Declining but Remain Varied
Nonmedical factors seem to be driving the use of episiotomies, and there remains a wide variation in episiotomy rates in hospitals nationwide.
Condom Use Doesn't Explain HIV and Depo-Provera Link
A meta-analysis shows use of hormonal contraception, compared with nonhormonal or no contraception, ups the risk of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mobility Impairments and Pregnancy
New research sheds light on how pregnancy can affect women with a mobility disability, such as a spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy.
In the UK, Midwife Delivery Is Safer for Many Women
A new recommendation for home birth or delivery at a birth center for certain women with uncomplicated pregnancies in the United Kingdom has been issued.
Weight Gain in Pregnancy Linked to Sex of Baby
Pink or blue? New research shows that low gestational weight gain early in the pregnancy is correlated with having a baby of a certain sex.
Can Salpingo-Oophorectomy Protect Against Prolapse?
Removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes at the time of a hysterectomy doesn't increase the risk of pelvic organ prolapse, new research finds.
What Happens When Hospital Obstetric Units Close?
As obstetric units close and consolidate around the country, ways to improve interhospital communication and to assess patient outcomes are needed.
Another Benefit of Pre-Conception Folic Acid
Be a broken record about the importance of folic acid supplementation. New research finds it is associated with fetal growth benefits.
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