Women Can Expect More Questions From Gynecologists
ACOG has recommended HIV testing for all pregnant women and now expands that
recommendation to cover all women seeking preconception care, says Yelverton.
In addition, any woman with invasive cervical cancer should now be offered
testing for HIV.
ACOG already recommended routine chlamydia testing for all sexually active
adolescents and others at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases, says
Yelverton. Now it is expanding that recommendation to include gonorrhea
testing. In addition, hepatitis C testing should be offered as part of routine
testing for high-risk groups starting at age 13.
The new recommendations state that all women should have a fasting glucose
every three years after age 45. Ob/gyns are encouraged to begin asking patients
about urinary and fecal incontinence beginning at age 19 rather than at age 40,
as in the past.
Finally, ACOG is now asking ob/gyns to include questions about the use of
complementary and alternative medicines as part of routine histories, says
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued new
guidelines as part of an effort to improve the primary care skills of
- The new guidelines call for testing for diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV, and
gonorrhea for various subsets of patients.
- It is important to screen women for hepatitis C because the infection can
go undetected for years and may be passed from mother to child.