Women's Health

The IUD Comeback Continues Apace

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

New data, released last week as part of the National Survey of Family Growth, finds that 6.4 percent of women ages 15-to-44 are currently relying on intrauterine devices (IUDs) as a method of contraception. While this lags behind those who are using the pill (16 percent) and even sterilization (15.5 percent), it shows a renewed interest and increased trust in a highly effective birth control method that had fallen out of favor. This is good news for public health advocates—many of whom believe that long-acting methods like the IUD are the key to preventing unintended pregnancy in this country.

Docs May Be Too Conservative About Sex After Heart Attack

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Most people get no advice from their doctors about whether or when it’s safe to have sex after a heart attack, according to a survey of American and Spanish patients under age 55.Just one in eight women and one in five men reported being counseled on sexual activity within the month following a heart attack. And those who did discuss the topic with their doctors were likely to get overly restrictive instructions, researchers found.

Tel Aviv University Study Throws Spotlight on Gene Mutation Responsible for Premature Ovarian Failure

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 18, 2014

Premature ovarian failure, also known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), affects 1% of all women worldwide. In most cases, the exact cause of the condition, which is often associated with infertility, is difficult to determine. A new Tel Aviv University study throws a spotlight on a previously-unidentified cause of POI: a unique mutation in a gene called SYCE1 that has not been previously associated with POI in humans.

Men Still Drive STD Increases

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

The CDC's annual snapshot of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has both good news and bad news for 2013.

8 Things Women Should Know Before Taking Emergency Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

Each year, 750,000 teens are getting pregnant. Often teens aren’t educated or equipped when having to handle the result of having unprotected sex. Out of every 10 teen girls, three will get pregnant before turning 20, according to DoSomething.org. ... Young women often turn to emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) when a mishap occurs (condom breaking, missed pills or failure to use a birth control method).

Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing for Women With Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 16, 2014

As some companies add egg freezing to their list of fertility benefits, they're touting the coverage as a family-friendly perk. Women's health advocates say they welcome any expansion of fertility coverage. But they say that the much-publicized changes at a few high-profile companies such as Facebook and Apple are still relatively rare, even for women with serious illnesses like cancer who want to preserve their fertility.

Hormone Therapy Timing Hypothesis Gains Ground in ELITE

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 15, 2014

During six years of follow-up, the rate of increase in carotid IMT among the women who entered the study at least ten years after the start of menopause tracked nearly identically between those on hormone therapy and those on placebo, with a difference between the two arms that was not statistically significant.

The Second Most Popular Form of Birth Control Will Surprise You

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 15, 2014

About 62% of U.S. women from ages 15 to 44 use some form of contraception, and predictably, the pill is still the most popular. About 16% of women used it in 2011-2013, finds the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. But the second most popular contraceptive may come as a surprise to many: 15.5% of women—just a hair behind the pill—choose female sterilization.

Doctors Want To Remind Americans That The HPV Vaccine Isn’t All About Sex

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 12, 2014

 Dr. Ronald A. DePinho is on a mission. DePinho, who’s been a cancer researcher for decades and currently serves as the president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, wants to reframe the national conversation about the HPV vaccine to drive home a fundamental point. 

Conservatives, Democrats Tussle Over Contraceptives in Spending Bill

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 11, 2014

A tussle over contraceptives has ended with Democrats keeping an attachment pushed by House conservatives out of a trillion dollar government funding bill. 

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