Cannabis use during pregnancy; delayed diagnosis of endometriosis

December 21, 2023

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A recent study showed that prenatal cannabis exposure was associated with adverse birth outcomes, including low birth weight, small for gestational age, preterm birth, and NICU admission.

Lindsey A. Avalos, PhD, MPH, senior research fellow at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Research, told Healio that “healthcare providers should discuss the risks of cannabis use during pregnancy with their patients through open, nonjudgmental conversations so that patients can balance the pros and cons of different methods of managing conditions during pregnancy.” That was last week’s top women’s health story.


A recent study showed that prenatal cannabis exposure was associated with adverse birth outcomes, including low birth weight, small for gestational age, preterm birth, and NICU admission. Image source: Adobe Stock

In another top story, Alan Gaffney, MD, PhD, and Linda Yang, MD, MS, discuss the complexities of endometriosis and how delays in diagnosis and treatment can reduce patients’ trust in doctors.

Read these and other top women’s health stories below:

Cannabis use during pregnancy increases the risk of babies

Cannabis exposure in utero is associated with an increased risk of low birth weight, small for gestational age, preterm birth and NICU admission, researchers reported in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read more.

The complex relationship between endometriosis and medical trust

In June 2022, PBS debuted Below the Belt, a documentary produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton. This thought-provoking film introduced viewers to four remarkable women battling the debilitating effects of endometriosis. Their compelling narratives revealed the painful journey of delayed diagnoses and ineffective treatments. Read more.

Perceived stress, gastrointestinal factors associated with menopause symptoms

Perceived stress and certain gastrointestinal factors were associated with menopausal symptoms, with reproductive stages, physical activity, BMI, and previously diagnosed depression or anxiety affecting symptom severity, the researchers reported. Read more.

ACOG Committee Statement Recommends Influenza Vaccination, Treatment in pregnancy

Annual flu vaccinations are important for pregnant individuals because of a higher risk of complications for the mother, fetus and baby, according to the ACOG panel statement. Read more.

Pregnancy does not affect disease-free survival BRCA carriers after the breast crab

More than 20% of BRCA mutation carriers became pregnant within 10 years of receiving an early breast cancer diagnosis, and pregnancy did not affect disease-free survival, researchers reported in JAMA. Read more.

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