The month of October provides an opportunity to raise awareness about several important issues impacting women’s health, and FACTS will address each of these topics throughout the month. National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day will take place later this month, and we begin by raising awareness about disparities that affect Black women and their children disproportionately. Dr. Sarah Gebrezghi reviewed a 2013 study titled, “Risk of miscarriage among black women and white women in a U.S. Prospective Cohort Study.” Her summary of this important research includes a timely call to action.
Most women understand that with increasing age, their ability to have children decreases. Nevertheless, women are electing to begin their childbearing years later in life. The surprising results of a 2017 cohort study, summarized by Dr. Tarah Kuhn, warrants further research while providing valuable insight for clinical practice in the use of contemporary biomarkers to assess ovarian reserve and predict fecundability. Read more!
The importance of normalizing ovulation for women with PCOS has been recognized, and this review of research describes the various options to achieve regular ovulation while minimizing side effects. Notably, charting the menstrual cycle alongside the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) is a safe, effective approach to not only recognize anovulation early on but also aid in restoring ovulation and normal cycles in women with PCOS. Read more!
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescence poses diagnostic and treatment challenges. This research review offers important perspectives for the evaluation and treatment of this condition while emphasizing the central role of ovulation as a marker of health in adolescence and beyond. After reviewing the salient aspects of the article, Dr. Emily Allen discusses the role of FABMs in the management of PCOS.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an important condition that all medical professionals who care for women should understand. It is estimated that between 5 and 20% of women suffer from PCOS. Dr. Jeremy Lickteig summarized the 2018 article titled, “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” that was published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and discusses how fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) can help identify and manage root causes of PCOS to aid in restoring fertility. Read more!
We conclude our month-long series on breastfeeding with a promising review of research about the impact of a program to promote successful breastfeeding in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). In the study by Yotebieng et al, researchers sought to observe the impact of a breastfeeding program on infant health. Dr. Rachel Paquette summarized the study while on the FACTS elective.