Dr. Laurie L. Ray, assistant professor (clinical track) at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, in Atlanta, Georgia and Editorial Board Member for Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, discusses how women’s health nurse practitioners can stay up to date on reproductive and sexual health issues. Find links to resources here.
From the Journal
Despite the fear and negativity surrounding the use of vaginal estrogen, it is safe and effective for the treatment of vaginal dryness in most postmenopausal women.
To fully meet patients’ needs, provide compassionate care that helps our patients thrive, and to create the best health outcomes possible, it is important to make SRHE a priority in our practice.
Highlights of Updated Recommendations in the 2021 CDC Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines
The 2021 guidelines include updated recommendations for treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and Mycoplasma genitalium, and alternative treatment options for bacterial vaginosis (BV).
PrEP use among women has the potential to reduce new HIV infections by 61% (with ≥ 75% adherence), yet less than 10% of men and women who are “behaviorally indicated for PrEP” are utilizing this important prevention tool.
Structured contraceptive counseling with shared decision making: Effects of implementation at a university student health and wellness clinic
Women in their 20s experience the highest occurrence of unintended pregnancy, accounting for 55% of all cases.