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Health Matters for Women

January 2019

New from CDC

Grand Rounds - Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century
The first CDC Public Health Grand Rounds of 2019 features "Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century." Each year more than 4,000 U.S. women die from cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. The Grand Rounds will highlight future screening and vaccination efforts across the country and what has been done at the local level to prevent cervical cancer.

New Opioid Use and Pregnancy Module added to CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids Series  
The new module uses clinical scenarios and feedback prompts to help providers gain a better understanding of opioid prescribing considerations in pregnancy, patient-centered communication techniques, and approaches to improve provider-patient collaboration for safer opioid prescribing.

Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women Aged 30–64 Years — United States, 1999–2017
The U.S. drug epidemic is evolving, especially among women. From 1999 to 2017, the death rate from drug overdose among women aged 30–64 years increased by 260%. Drug overdose deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids all increased. Among women aged 30–64 years, the average age at death for drug overdose deaths increased by nearly three years.

Gastroschisis Trends and Ecologic Link to Opioid Prescription Rates — United States, 2006–2015
New epidemiologic data suggests an association between opioid use during pregnancy and gastroschisis. During 2011–2015, gastroschisis prevalence was 4.5 per 10,000 live births, which was 10% higher than the prevalence during 2006–2010. An ecologic analysis also found a higher prevalence of gastroschisis in areas where opioid prescriptions rates were high.

Evaluation of State-Mandated Reporting of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — Six States, 2013–2017
The latest national data from 2014 indicate that one baby was born with signs of neonatal abstinence syndrome every 15 minutes in the United States. From 2004 to 2014, the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a drug withdrawal syndrome, increased 433%, from 1.5 to 8.0 per 1,000 hospital births in the United States.

CDC Releases 2016 Assisted Reproductive Technology Fertility Clinic Success Rates
The ART-2016 Clinic Report helps patients make informed decisions about using assisted reproductive technology (ART) to become pregnant. Fertility clinics in the U.S. report and verify data on the assisted reproductive technology cycles started and carried out in their clinics, and the outcomes of these cycles,  ART includes all fertility treatments in which either eggs or embryos are handled.   

In 2015–2017, Approximately 65% of Women Aged 15–49 Were  Using Contraception
Nearly all women use contraception in their lifetimes, although at any given time, they may not be using contraception for reasons such as seeking pregnancy, being pregnant, or not being sexually active. Using data from the 2015–2017 National Survey of Family Growth, this report provides a snapshot of current contraceptive status, in the month of interview, among women aged 15–49 in the United States.

CDC Funding

Increasing Influenza and Tdap Vaccination of Pregnant Women in Obstetric/Gynecologic Practices in Large Health Systems through Quality Improvement Interventions Department of Health and Human Services (RFA-IP-19-002)

Upcoming Conferences and Learning Opportunities

National HIV Prevention Conference, March 18-21, 2019

Native Women and Men's Wellness and Diabetes Prevention Conference, April 22-25, 2019

American College of Nurse Midwives 64th Annual Meeting and Exhibition: Advocating for Health Equity

National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health, 48th Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health Meeting, October 23, 2019

Upcoming Observances

February 2019

National Wear Red Day, American Heart Month

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


QuickStats: Percentage* of Emergency Department (ED) Visits Made by Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease§ Among Persons

QuickStats: Percentage* of Emergency Department (ED) Visits Made by Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease§ Among Persons Aged ≥18 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2015–2016

Figure 1. Total fertility rates, by state: United States, 2017

National Vital Statistics Reports: Total Fertility Rates, United States, 2017

Federal Agency News

Stress and Your Health (HHS OWH)

1 in 5 Women in the U.S. Experiences Some Type of a Mental Health Condition Each Year (HHS OWH)

Phase I Clinical Trial. Vaccine Therapy With or Without Imiquimod in Treating Patients with Grade 3 Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (NIH)

FDA Permits Marketing of First Test to Aid in the Diagnosis of a Sexually-Transmitted Infection Known as Mycoplasma Genitalium

Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects (ACF)

National, State and Local News

USPSTF Released Draft Recommendation Statement and Draft Evidence Review on Medication Use to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer for Public Comment

A Pap Test and a Vaccine May Save Your Life (TN)

Florida County Department of Health Spreads Awareness with Look Beneath the Surface Campaign


Establishing Baseline Cervical Cancer Screening Coverage — India, 2015–2016 (CDC)

Mesh Implants: Women Who Need Corrective Surgery Have Higher Risk of Depression and Self-harm (BMJ)

Women in Surgery—It’s Improving, But Slowly (BMJ)

Breastmilk Sugars Differ in Pregnant Women on Probiotics (JAMA Pediatrics)