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Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health

Ovary biotechnologySeveral advances in ovarian biotechnology may accelerate ovarian stimulation research.
How effective is the 9-valent HPV vaccine?One study looks at how successful the 9vHPV vaccine is in preventing HPV-related cervical, vaginal, and vulvar diseases. Plus: FDA approves first neonatal MRI. Also, researchers note that obstetric services in rural areas severely lacking.
Is genetic testing for cancer survivors underutilized?One study looks at whether or not women with histories of breast or ovarian cancer are receiving necessary genetic testing. Plus: Can in-office hysteroscopy reliably evaluate uterine pathology? Also, researchers say mammographic density changes should be monitored in patients undergoing hormone therapy as a possible indicator of breast cancer.
Talking about female sexual dysfunction in specific patient populationsFor particular groups of women, reluctance to talk about sexual difficulties may be enhanced by perceived societal judgements and misconceptions.
Talking to women about sexual dysfunction: Just do it!Female sexual dysfunction is not rare. In the United States, 44% of women are reported to experience some form of sexual dysfunction and 12% of these women report distress associated with dysfunction. Despite this high prevalence, many women never talk to their providers about their sexual difficulties or concerns and many providers fail to broach the topic with their patients.
Endometriosis and skin cancer: Is there a link?Results of a new prospective cohort study add to existing literature on the association between endometriosis and skin cancer and show that the connection is strongest for melanoma. The findings, published in Cancer Causes and Control, are by researchers from the United States and France.
Does breastfeeding help lower risk of endometriosis?A new analysis of data from Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS II) shows that following the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ recommendations on breastfeeding may lower a woman’s risk of endometriosis. The association between the risk reduction and breastfeeding, the authors say, may be mediated at least in part by amenorrhea
Are hysterectomy volumes in the US really falling?Hysterectomy is the most common nonobstetric surgical procedure performed on women, with 1 out of 9 women undergoing it in their lifetime. Recent reports have indicated a sharp decline in the number of hysterectomies performed annually in the United States.
Menopause updatesGuidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) offer a unique perspective on diagnosis and management of menopause. Plus: A guide for hormone replacement therapy.
Brain injury allegedly caused by forcepsWhen the head of a Kansas woman's baby did not descend easily, the nursemidwife managing the labor sought an obstetrician’s intervention. The obstetrician used forceps to assist the delivery. The parents sued the obstetrician after the delivery alleging the infant suffered a skull fracture, lacerated ear, bruising around his scalp, and bleeding in the brain as a result of the forceps. What's the verdict? Plus more cases.