OB/GYN FAQ

Information Provided by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

CONTRACEPTION

Sterilization for Women and Men (FAQ011)
Barrier Methods of Birth Control: Diaphragm, Sponge, Cervical Cap, and Condom (FAQ022)
Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of Family Planning (FAQ024)
Sterilization by Laparoscopy (FAQ035)
Postpartum Sterilization (FAQ052)
Emergency Contraception (FAQ114)
Hysteroscopic Sterilization (FAQ180)
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): IUD and Implant (FAQ184)
Combined Hormonal Birth Control: Pill, Patch, and Ring (FAQ185)
Progestin-Only Hormonal Birth Control: Pill and Injection (FAQ186)

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS

Your Changing Body: Puberty in Girls (Especially for Teens) (FAQ041)
You and Your Sexuality (Especially for Teens) (FAQ042)
Your First Period (Especially for Teens) (FAQ049)
Having a Baby (Especially for Teens) (FAQ103)
Birth Control (Especially for Teens) (FAQ112)
Your First Gynecologic Visit (Especially for Teens) (FAQ150)
21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 (Infographic)

GYNECOLOGIC PROBLEMS

How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) (FAQ009)
Pelvic Support Problems (FAQ012)
Endometriosis (FAQ013)
When Sex Is Painful (FAQ020)
Benign Breast Problems and Conditions (FAQ026)
Vaginitis (FAQ028)
Dysmenorrhea: Painful Periods (FAQ046)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) (FAQ050)
Genital Herpes (FAQ054)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) (FAQ057)
Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis (FAQ071)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection (FAQ073)
Uterine Fibroids (FAQ074)
Ovarian Cysts (FAQ075)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) (FAQ077)
Preparing for Surgery (FAQ080)
Urinary Incontinence (FAQ081)
Disorders of the Vulva: Common Causes of Vulvar Pain, Burning, and Itching (FAQ088)
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (FAQ095)
Ovarian Cancer (FAQ096)
Cancer of the Uterus (Endometrial Cancer) (FAQ097)
Chronic Pelvic Pain (FAQ099)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (FAQ121)
Vulvodynia (FAQ127)
Evaluating Infertility (FAQ136)
Treating Infertility (FAQ137)
Endometrial Hyperplasia (FAQ147)
Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause (FAQ162)
Cervical Cancer (FAQ163)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines (FAQ167)
Mammography and Other Screening Tests for Breast Problems (FAQ178)
Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening Test Results (FAQ187)

LABOR, DELIVERY, AND POSTPARTUM CARE

How to Tell When Labor Begins (FAQ004)
Cesarean Birth (C-section) (FAQ006)
Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring During Labor (FAQ015)
Breastfeeding Your Baby (FAQ029)
Newborn Circumcision (FAQ039)
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Deciding on a Trial of Labor After Cesarean Delivery (FAQ070)
Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery (FAQ086)
Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth (FAQ087)
Postpartum Depression (FAQ091)
Exercise After Pregnancy (FAQ131)
Labor Induction (FAQ154)
Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks (FAQ181)

PREGNANCY

Nutrition During Pregnancy (FAQ001)
Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children (FAQ018)
The Rh Factor: How It Can Affect Your Pregnancy (FAQ027)
A Father’s Guide to Pregnancy (FAQ032)
Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (FAQ034)
Bleeding During Pregnancy (FAQ038)
Travel During Pregnancy (FAQ055)
Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care (FAQ056)
Having a Baby After Age 35 (FAQ060)
What to Expect After Your Due Date (FAQ069)
If Your Baby is Breech (FAQ079)
Early Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage) (FAQ090)
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy (FAQ093)
Genetic Disorders (FAQ094)
Special Tests for Monitoring Fetal Health (FAQ098)
Repeated Miscarriages (FAQ100)
Group B Strep and Pregnancy (FAQ105)
HIV and Pregnancy (FAQ113)
Back Pain During Pregnancy (FAQ115)
Exercise During Pregnancy (FAQ119)
Morning Sickness (FAQ126)
Seizure Disorders in Pregnancy (FAQ129)
Routine Tests During Pregnancy (FAQ133)
Reducing Risks of Birth Defects (FAQ146)
Ectopic Pregnancy (FAQ155)
Prenatal Development: How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy (FAQ156)
Diagnostic Tests for Birth Defects (FAQ164)
Screening Tests for Birth Defects (FAQ165)
Pregnancy Choices — Raising the Baby, Adoption, and Abortion (FAQ168)
Skin Conditions During Pregnancy (FAQ169)
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs, and Pregnancy (FAQ170)
Cystic Fibrosis: Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis (FAQ171)
Cord Blood Banking (FAQ172)
Early Preterm Birth (FAQ173)
A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes (FAQ176)
Gestational Diabetes (FAQ177)
Preconception Carrier Screening (FAQ179)
Obesity and Pregnancy (FAQ182)

SPECIAL PROCEDURES

Hysterectomy (FAQ008)
Ultrasound Exams (FAQ025)
Induced Abortion (FAQ043)
Laparoscopy (FAQ061)
Dilation and Curettage: (D&C) (FAQ062)
Hysteroscopy (FAQ084)
Cervical Cancer Screening (FAQ085)
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) (FAQ110)
Endometrial Ablation (FAQ134)
Colposcopy (FAQ135)
Hysterosalpingography (FAQ143)
Surgery for Stress Urinary Incontinence (FAQ166)
Sonohysterography (FAQ175)
Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (FAQ183)

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Reducing Your Risk of Cancer (FAQ007)
Exercise and Fitness (FAQ045)
The Menopause Years (FAQ047)
Osteoporosis (FAQ048)
Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit (FAQ064)
It’s Time to Quit Smoking (FAQ065)
Alcohol and Women (FAQ068)
Your Sexual Health (FAQ072)
Domestic Violence (FAQ083)
Cholesterol and Women’s Cardiovascular Health (FAQ101)
Depression (FAQ106)
Problems of the Digestive System (FAQ120)
Heart Health for Women (FAQ122)
Managing High Blood Pressure (FAQ123)
Protecting Yourself Against Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C (FAQ125)
Thyroid Disease (FAQ128)
Healthy Eating (FAQ130)
Accidental Bowel Leakage (FAQ139)
Diabetes and Women (FAQ142)
Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (FAQ174)