• Advances in cervical cancer screening: Changes in screening guidelines have increased the early diagnosis of and diagnostic accuracy for cervical cancer, while significantly reducing mortality rates.
• Advances in long-acting reversible contraception: Although not completely new, data on the safety of intrauterine devices and improvement in implant technology have made safe, effective contraception available to a much larger group of women. This has given women more reproductive freedom and control.
• Prevention of preterm delivery: The use of progesterone and cerclage has helped to prevent preterm delivery in high-risk women (eg, those with prior preterm birth or a short cervix), which in turn has allowed the morbidity and mortality rates of preterm births to decrease.
• HPV vaccination: Administration of the HPV vaccine provides primary prevention against cervical cancer.
Top advances in women's health selected by Christine Isaacs, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Division Head, General Obstetrics and Gynecology; Medical Director of Midwifery Services, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia.
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