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Women's Health

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   8/22/2019
  • Contains:  24 items
A collection of articles focused on conditions and treatment in healthcare, specific to women.
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Primary care of women who have sex with women Recommendations from the research

Roberts, Susan J.

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(12):24-32, December 12, 2015.

Research on women who have sex with women has increased over the last decade, though most has not been published in nursing literature. This article reviews the literature and offers recommendations for primary care practice. According to research findings, women who have sex with women have reported increased comfort in telling healthcare providers about their sexual identity. Providers need to continue, however, to ask about sexual behaviors and identity to help women feel more comfortable discussing the topic.

Prenatal depression: Early intervention

Anderson, Cheryl A.; Lieser, Carol

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(7):38-46, July 15, 2015.

Frequently undiagnosed and untreated, prenatal depression affects approximately one in four childbearing women. Screening and appropriate management are essential to prevent adverse consequences to both the woman and her unborn infant. Early conversations between the woman and her nurse practitioner are key to making medical management decisions.

Central nervous system deficits in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Roszel, Elizabeth L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(4):24-33, April 13, 2015.

“Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” is a nondiagnostic umbrella term encompassing the wide variations in clinical presentation among individuals that are prenatally exposed to alcohol. This article discusses brain development, central nervous system abnormalities and prevention and interventions for these neurologic manifestations.

HPV, cervical cancer risks, and barriers to care for lesbian women

Waterman, Lindsay; Voss, Joachim

The Nurse Practitioner. 40(1):46-53, January 16, 2015.

The purpose of this article is to identify Pap testing rates among lesbians and reasons for lack of recognition of cervical cancer risks in lesbians. The lesbian community requires better education, and healthcare providers should promote regular Pap smears for all women.

Over-the-counter medications and pregnancy: An integrative review

Cabbage, Lori A.; Neal, Jeremy L.

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(6):22-28, June 2011.

Many over-the-counter medications are available to help alleviate common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. Although many appear to be safe, healthcare providers must familiarize themselves with these medications.

Female genital mutilation: Applications of nursing theory for clinical care

Burke, Emily

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(4):45-50, April 2011.

As mobility increases among the immigrant population, NPs in primary care will likely see women who have experienced female genital mutilation as part of their cultural norms. NPs must gain a better understanding of the practice in order to provide optimal, culturally appropriate clinical care

Atrophic vaginitis signs, symptoms, and better outcomes

Reimer, Annabelle; Johnson, Laura

The Nurse Practitioner. 36(1):22-28, January 2011.

Atrophic vaginitis is a common finding in women with low estrogen states. Many women believe their symptoms are expected signs of aging, but NPs are in a position to provide therapeutic options for improved vaginal health and quality of life. This article reviews physiology, clinical manifestations, signs, symptoms, and treatment methods of atrophic vaginitis.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: Recognize and intervene early

Ahonen, Kathleen A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(9):49-52, September 2010.

PCOS is one of the most common endocrinopathies in women of reproductive age. Early intervention to prevent, forestall, or arrest complications such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is imperative.

Asthma in pregnancy: Reading between the lines

Benninger, Cathy; McCallister, Jennifer

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(4):10-19, April 2010.

Optimal asthma control is dependent on healthcare providers performing symptom assessment, objective testing, stepwise medication adjustment, and education at each prenatal visit.

Contraceptive for obese women considerations

Kelsey, Beth

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(3):24-31, March 2010.

It is important for NPs to be equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge to provide individualized, evidence-based care to meet every woman's contraceptive needs. When choosing contraception, obese women must be made aware of effective options that won't increase their health risks.

Updated office testing skills for vaginal infections

McCloskey, Cynthia Ricci

The Nurse Practitioner. 35(2):46-52, February 2010.

NPs must be proficient in the effective diagnosis and treatment of the three most common vaginal infections: vulvovaginal candidiasis or yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomonas. To improve outcomes, NPs who see sexually active women of childbearing age in their practice must update their office testing skills.