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Amenorrhea: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2019 - Menstrual patterns can be an indicator of overall health and self-perception of well-being. Primary amenorrhea, defined as the lifelong absence of menses, requires evaluation if menarche has not occurred by 15 years of age or three years post-thelarche. Secondary amenorrhea is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0701/p39.html

Cervical Cancer Screening - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2018 - Screening in women has decreased the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer. Precancerous cervical lesions (cervical intraepithelial neoplasias) and cervical carcinomas are strongly associated with sexually-transmitted high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which causes ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0401/p441.html

Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Chronic pelvic pain in women is defined as persistent, noncyclic pain perceived to be in structures related to the pelvis and lasting more than six months. Often no specific etiology can be identified, and it can be conceptualized as a chronic regional pain syndrome or functional ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p380.html

Common Questions About the Evaluation of Acute Pelvic Pain - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2016 - Acute pelvic pain is defined as lower abdominal or pelvic pain of less than three months’ duration. It is a common presentation in primary care. Evaluation can be challenging because of a broad differential diagnosis and because many associated signs and symptoms are nonspecific. The ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p41.html

Dyspareunia in Women - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2014 - Dyspareunia is recurrent or persistent pain with sexual activity that causes marked distress or interpersonal conflict. It affects approximately 10% to 20% of U.S. women. Dyspareunia can have a significant impact on a woman’s mental and physical health, body image, relationships with ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1001/p465.html

Diagnosis and Management of Adnexal Masses - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2009 - Adnexal masses represent a spectrum of conditions from gynecologic and nongynecologic sources. They may be benign or malignant. The initial detection and evaluation of an adnexal mass requires a high index of suspicion, a thorough history and physical examination, and careful attention ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/1015/p815.html

Evaluation of Acute Pelvic Pain in Women - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2010 - Diagnosis of pelvic pain in women can be challenging because many symptoms and signs are insensitive and nonspecific. As the first priority, urgent life-threatening conditions (e.g., ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, ruptured ovarian cyst) and fertility-threatening conditions (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0715/p141.html

Gynecologic Procedures: Colposcopy, Treatments of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia, ...

Jun 15, 2013 - Women who have abnormal Papanicolaou test results may undergo colposcopy to determine the biopsy site for histologic evaluation. Traditional grading systems do not accurately assess lesion severity because colposcopic impression alone is unreliable for diagnosis. The likelihood of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0615/p836.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task...

Feb 15, 2019 - The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/od1.html

Update on ASCCP Consensus Guidelines for Abnormal Cervical Screening Tests and Cervical...

Jul 15, 2009 - New data have emerged since publication of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology's 2001 consensus guidelines for management of abnormal cervical cytology and histology. The 2006 guidelines include recommendations for special populations (i.e., adolescents and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0715/p147.html

Evaluation of Palpable Breast Masses - American Family Physician

May 1, 2005 - Palpable breast masses are common and usually benign, but efficient evaluation and prompt diagnosis are necessary to rule out malignancy. A thorough clinical breast examination, imaging, and tissue sampling are needed for a definitive diagnosis. Fine-needle aspiration is fast, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0501/p1731.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2019 - P.J., a 48-year-old woman, presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She has been married for eight years, has no history of sexually transmitted diseases, and has nothing remarkable in her medical history.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0215/p253.html

HPV Testing Better Than Cytology for Women Vaccinated Against HPV - POEMs - American ...

Sep 15, 2018 - In women who had received the HPV vaccine, screening for HPV every five years, with cytology and colposcopy follow-up as needed, resulted in higher rates of identification of high-grade pre-cancerous disease than standard liquid-based cytology every 2.5 years with HPV follow-up ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0915/p384.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Jun 15, 2018 - The USPSTF recommends against screening for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/od1.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2018 - A 61-year-old woman presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She had a normal Papanicolaou (Pap) test last year and has no medical problems. She quit smoking 10 years ago, reports a family history significant only for cardiovascular disease, and is sexually active with her ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0615/p813.html

Screening for Gynecologic Conditions with Pelvic Examination: Recommendation Statement ...

Aug 15, 2017 - The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic, non-pregnant adult women.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/od1.html

Screening for Gynecologic Conditions with Pelvic Examination - Putting Prevention into ...

Aug 15, 2017 - A 37-year-old woman presents to your office for her annual wellness visit. She is not due for a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear this year. She is not pregnant, reports no problems, and has no risk factors for sexually transmitted infections. She asks if she should have a pelvic examination today.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0815/p253.html

Repeat Cytology Within Six Months Equals Colposcopy for Younger Women with ASCUS or ...

Apr 1, 2017 - Among women 22 to 27 years of age with an index cervical cytology showing abnormal squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) or low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL), the incidence of invasive cervical cancer did not differ between repeat cytology within six months ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0401/p455.html

CA 125 Relatively Specific for Diagnosing Endometriosis - POEMs - American Family ...

Jan 15, 2017 - For women with symptoms suggestive of endometriosis, serum CA 125 is a relatively specific (93%) and noninvasive test. It can be used to make a presumptive diagnosis in cases for which a medical management approach is being considered without having to perform a (diagnostic standard) ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0115/p122.html

Screening for Breast Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2016 - S.O. is a 47-year-old woman who presents to your office for a well-woman visit. She is healthy, takes no medications, and has no health concerns. She has never been diagnosed with breast cancer, nor have any of her first-degree relatives. Her digital mammography two years ago was ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0715/p143.html

What Women and Their Physicians Need to Know About the UKCTOCS Study and Ovarian Cancer...

Jun 1, 2016 - An overview of the recent results from the United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS) and implications for clinical practice and public health.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p903.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer—More Hype Than Hope? - Editorials - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2016 - In keeping with the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and patients would do well to avoid the pitfalls of overscreening and wait for results that promise more hope than hype.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0601/p906.html

ACP Releases Best Practice Advice on Screening for Cervical Cancer - Practice ...

Dec 15, 2015 - Based on the best available evidence, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has released best practice advice on cervical cancer screening in average-risk, asymptomatic women 21 years or older. This advice is targeted to all clinicians, and refers to screening for cervical ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1107.html

ACP Provides Guidance on Screening Pelvic Examination in Women - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2015 - This guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides evidence on the use of pelvic examination to screen for pathology in average-risk, non-pregnant women. This guideline concentrates on screening in women without symptoms; a pelvic examination with bimanual examination...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p732.html

Breast Cyst Aspiration - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - The breast mass is a clinical problem commonly encountered by family physicians. Fine-needle and core biopsy techniques require training and cytopathologist support. In contrast, breast cyst aspiration using a 21- or 22-gauge needle is a simple, cost-effective, minimally invasive ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1983.html

HPV Screening Every Five Years Equal to Pap Smear Every Three Years - POEMs - American ...

Jun 1, 2014 - A single HPV test provides the same degree of protection over five years as a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear does for three years. We may soon see a recommendation for HPV testing as a stand-alone screen, with cytology reserved for women who have an HPV-positive result. We may also be able to...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p907a.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines on Cervical Cancer Screening - Practice Guidelines - American ...

Dec 1, 2013 - The incidence of cervical cancer, as well as mortality rates from the disease, has decreased over the past 30 years because of widespread screening with cervical cytology. Screening technologies and risk-benefit considerations for different age groups continue to evolve. The American ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1201/p776.html

Diagnosis of Vaginitis - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2000 - Vaginitis is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in the primary care setting. In approximately 90 percent of affected women, this condition occurs secondary to bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis or trichomoniasis. Vaginitis develops when the vaginal flora has been altered ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0901/p1095.html

Endometrial Biopsy - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2001 - Endometrial biopsy is an office procedure that serves as a helpful tool in diagnosing various uterine abnormalities. The technique is fairly easy to learn and may be performed without assistance. The biopsy is obtained through the use of an endometrial suction catheter that is inserted ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0315/p1131.html

The 2001 Bethesda System Terminology - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2003 - The 2001 Bethesda System for reporting cervical or vaginal cytologic diagnoses is an incremental change in the uniform terminology introduced in 1988 and revised in 1991. The 2001 Bethesda System includes specific statements about specimen adequacy, general categorization, and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p1992.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive ...

May 15, 2013 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for ovarian cancer in women.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/od1.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

May 15, 2013 - Case study: A 55-year-old woman presents for a routine well-woman examination. She states that she is worried about ovarian cancer because one of her friends was recently diagnosed. She has no family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0515/p709.html

Does Screening Mammography Lead to Overdiagnosis of Invasive Breast Cancer? - AFP ...

Mar 15, 2013 - Implementation of a universal mammographic screening program leads to an increase in the diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, because of improved detection of clinically significant cancer and overdiagnosis.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p408.html

The Annual Pelvic Examination: Preventive Time Not Well Spent - Editorials - American ...

Jan 1, 2013 - Given the lack of evidence to support annual pelvic examinations, it would be better for patients if we spend that time addressing screening, counseling, and other preventive services for which strong evidence exists.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0101/p8.html

ACOG Updates Guideline on Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis - Practice ...

Jan 1, 2011 - Endometriosis is a chronic gynecologic disorder that commonly manifests as chronic pain and infertility. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0101/p84.html

ACS/ASCCP/ASCP Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cervical Cancer - Editorials - ...

Sep 15, 2012 - The American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently published updated recommendations for the early detection of cervical cancer. The guidelines are based on a systematic ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p501.html

Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis of Dyspareunia - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2001 - Dyspareunia is genital pain associated with sexual intercourse. Although this condition has historically been defined by psychologic theories, the current treatment approach favors an integrated pain model. Identification of the initiating and promulgating factors is essential to ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0415/p1535.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task...

Sep 15, 2012 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer in women 21 to 65 years of age with cytology (Papanicolaou [Pap] smear) every three years or, for women 30 to 65 years of age who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a ...

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p555.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2012 - Case study: J.K., a 45-year-old woman, presents to your office for a routine well-woman examination. She has been married for 20 years, and there is nothing remarkable in her medical history, including no previous abnormal Papanicolaou (Pap) smears.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p563.html

Evaluation of Ovarian Cysts - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2011 - Initial evaluation of an ovarian cyst is largely determined by its characteristics on ultrasonography, in addition to the presence of symptoms, laboratory evaluation, and patient history. Women with an ovarian cyst, but with no symptoms, family or personal history of cancer (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0801/od1.html

Interventions to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Rates - Cochrane for Clinicians - ...

Mar 1, 2012 - Invitation letters are the most studied method of encouraging cervical cancer screening, and they are effective (relative risk [RR] = 1.44; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.24 to 1.52).1–3 Invitation letters may be more cost-effective than more intensive recruitment efforts (e.g., ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p443.html

New Tests for Cervical Cancer Screening - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2001 - The Papanicolaou (Pap) smear has been used to screen women for cervical cancer since 1940. Recently, a number of new technologies have been developed to improve the detection of cervical cancer and its precursors. However, there is substantial controversy about whether the new tests ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0901/p780.html

ACOG Updates Guidelines on Cervical Cytology Screening - Practice Guidelines - American...

Jun 1, 2010 - One approach to further reduce the incidence of cervical cancer is to increase screening rates among women who have never been screened or who are screened infrequently. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently updated its recommendations on screening for ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0601/p1380.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines for Management of Abnormal Cervical Cytology and Histology - ...

Feb 15, 2006 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released evidence-based guidelines for management of abnormal cervical cytology and histology. Cervical cytology screening has been associated with a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer incidence and mortality.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0215/p719.html

New Guidelines: Fewer PAP Tests for Women Older Than 30 Years and Less Aggressive ...

Jul 15, 2009 - Advertisement << Previous article Next article >> Jul 15, 2009 Issue Editorials New Guidelines: Fewer Pap Tests for Women Older Than 30 Years and Less Aggressive Treatment for Adolescents D. ASHLEY HILL, MD, Florida Hospital Orlando, Orlando, Florida Am Fam Physician. 2009 Jul...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0715/p131.html

What Is the Best Collection Device for Screening Cervical Smears? - Cochrane for ...

Apr 1, 2004 - The combination of an extended-tip spatula with an endocervical brush (Cytobrush) is the most effective method for obtaining cervical cells. Detection of endocervical cells is a good indication of adequate smears and detection of disease.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0401/p1661.html

Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive Services Task ...

Feb 15, 2005 - This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for ovarian cancer and the supporting scientific evidence, and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2d ed.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0215/p759.html

ACOG Releases Guidelines on Cervical Cytology Screening - Practice Guidelines - ...

Nov 15, 2003 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published a clinical management guideline on cervical cytology screening. In the United States, cervical cancer remains the third most common gynecologic malignancy.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1115/p2081.html

Rethinking the Gynecologic Examination - Curbside Consultation - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2003 - These questions often arise but without any obvious answer because the practice of medicine is an art as well as a science. The history of the annual physical examination for healthy women illuminates the science of medicine.

American Family Physician : Curbside Consultation

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1101/p1869.html

Screening for Cervical Cancer - Putting Prevention into Practice - American Family ...

Aug 1, 2003 - Case study: TS, a 24-year-old, sexually active, white woman, visits your office to discuss birth control methods. She first had intercourse at age 16 and smokes two packs of cigarettes per week. You suggest that she be screened for cervical cancer as part of routine health maintenance.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0801/p525.html

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