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Women's Pelvic Pain Often Unreported

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Untreated pelvic pain is common among U.S. women in their childbearing years, a new study reveals. The findings suggest that even during routine visits, doctors should ask women about pelvic pain, the investigators said. "Our study suggests that many reproductive-age women are experiencing but not reporting some form of pelvic pain," study author Karen Schliep, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in an institute news release. "If they aren't doing so already, gynecologists may want to ask their patients if they're experiencing pain, as well as the type and precise location of the pain, and offer treatment as appropriate," she said. "Similarly, women should let their doctors know if they're in pain." The researchers surveyed more than 400 women, aged 18 to 44, at 14 surgical centers in Salt Lake City and San Francisco who ... Read more

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Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Millions of American women have poor access to gynecologic cancer care, a new study finds. The analysis showed that 36 percent of counties in the United States are more than 50 miles from the nearest doctor specializing in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. About 10 percent of American women – nearly 15 million – live in those counties, researchers found. "This is the first national study to identify specific regions of the United States where residents may be at an increased risk for poor clinical outcomes – including misdiagnoses and late detection – as a result of limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care," said study author Dr. David Shalowitz, a fellow in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's division of gynecologic oncology, in Philadelphia. "Based on our estimates, it's likely that more than 7,000 women with gynecologic ... Read more

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STD Complication May Double Infertility Risk

Posted 11 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11 – Repeated bouts of pelvic inflammatory disease increase a woman's risk of chronic pelvic pain and infertility, a new study says. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – a complication of sexually transmitted diseases – is marked by inflammation of the reproductive organs. The condition affects more than 800,000 women in the United States each year and one in 10 of them becomes infertile, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This study included 831 women, aged 14 to 38, with mild to moderate pelvic inflammatory disease who were followed for seven years after their initial diagnosis. During the follow-up, 21 percent of the women had one or more PID episodes after the initial diagnosis, nearly one-fifth were diagnosed as infertile, 43 percent reported chronic pelvic pain and 57 percent got pregnant. Women with repeat episodes of pelvic ... Read more

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Earlier Diagnosis Might Cut Cost of Teen Pelvic Disease

Posted 7 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 6 – The cost of treating teenage girls with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in the hospital is 12 times higher than in an outpatient clinic and six times higher than in an emergency department, a new study has found. PID is an inflammation of the female reproductive organs caused by untreated bacterial infections, especially sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. PID can lead to fertility problems. In this study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center analyzed data from 172 patient visits made by 152 girls, ages 12 to 21, with PID. Because of severe or advanced PID, 37 of the visits resulted in hospitalizations. Hospitalization costs averaged $8,480 per patient per visit, compared with $1,382 for emergency department treatment and $701 for outpatient treatment, the investigators found. Hospital charges were even higher ($13,360) for ... Read more

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