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Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health

IVF storage tank failures spark reviews, lawsuitsFailure of liquid nitrogen storage tanks at two major infertility centers has led to a review of procedures at those and other similar facilities by them and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Plus: Does MHT affect cardiovascular health? Also: Hirsutism treatment and diagnosis updated.
Hemorrhage results in cesarean hysterectomyAllegations in this case include extended use of oxytocin and allowing labor to continue too long.
Avoiding complications in endoscopic surgeryPlanning up front for an endoscopic gynecologic surgical procedure is the best way to prevent an injury or complication.
International study finds BV prevalence nearly 50%Roughly one of two Ethiopian women were found to have bacterial vaginosis (BV) that strongly correlated with personal hygiene, according to a cross-sectional study.
Study: Several important vaginal metabolites elevated in smokersWomen who smoke cigarettes may be more susceptible to urogenital infections and have more vaginal malodor, according to a cross-sectional study.
New data on vaginal ring support benefits for HIV preventionInterim data from two studies of a dapivirine vaginal ring—DREAM and HOPE—lend further credence to the potential benefits of using the device for HIV prevention. Plus: FDA authorizes direct-to-consumer BRCA1/BRCA2 test. Also: A new Zika virus test extends window for accurate diagnosis.
How to prepare for postpartum hemorrhageThe aim of this paper is not to outline a specific medical-surgical algorithm for managing PPH, but rather to give an overview for system-wide preparedness that should be considered in planning to mitigate this frequent, potentially life-threatening, obstetrical emergency.
British Study Sheds Light on Postmenopausal DyspareuniaDyspareunia is a common female health problem, according to a large British population probability survey, affecting 7.5% of sexually active women.
SERM Ospemifene Reduces Vestibular Nerve Fiber SensitivityA newly published pilot study is the first to show that the selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) ospemifene effectively normalizes vestibular innervation sensitivity, in addition to confirming that it relieves postmenopausal vestibular signs and symptoms.
Opioid abuse and its sequelae: Treatment strategies for ob/gynsIn the second part of Dr. Lockwood's editorial on opioids, he discusses steps that ob/gyns can take to help limit opioid use disorder in our pregnant and non-pregnant patients.