To some extent, humiliation is part and parcel of the human experience. Some make the case that minor experiences can be psychologically beneficial. The important challenge for mental health professionals to help patients understand and reduce humiliation.
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In an adolescent, polycystic ovary syndrome should be diagnosed cautiously. The typical symptoms of PCOS in an adult may just be developmental irregularities in a teen.
Abuse inflicted during childhood is lasting. Remember that adult patients may be survivors of child abuse, which makes them at risk for being in abusive relationships and for abusing their own children.
A birth plan should not be viewed as an advance directive but rather as a record of aspirations. Labor is a time of improvisation, and no one can foresee its course.
The duty to nonmaleficence suggests that it might be most ethical to deny patients when what they want presents too much risk, and too little benefit--even at the expense of respecting their autonomy.
The increased availability of emergency contraception to women and girls irrespective of age is victory for all of us.
IUDs are a safe and effective method of contraception. Why aren't we offering them to teens?
The fibroid is a tumor that is very frequently encountered in the uterus on both clinical examinations as well as on routine pelvic sonography.
One of the problems with sonography of the early pregnancy is the inability to clearly determine if the gestation sac is intrauterine or extrauterine (ectopic) in nature. This task is even more complicated by the controversies arising from whether the “sac” seen is a true sac or a pseudosac of ectopic pregnancy.