Greenville, South Carolina – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released new guidelines that state a woman should be asked if she is pregnant before she can have more than three children.
The ACOG, a nonprofit organisation representing more than 700,000 doctors and surgeons worldwide, says it’s time to change the American culture and societal expectations of women’s health.
But there’s no denying that this is a significant change for the women of America.
Read more: Women with multiple children should be given “contraception coverage”, ACOG president Dr. Margaret Sanger says in a statement, “In many instances, the cost of contraception can be prohibitive, and women can often choose to use a non-contraceful method of contraception.
This means that they are likely to experience increased risks of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and ectopic pregnancies, as well as adverse health outcomes such as breast and ovarian cancer.
This is a very difficult decision for many women to make.”
ACOG recommends a woman can have three or more children if she has a family planning provider’s referral.
If she has had two or more births and two or fewer miscarriages, she can use contraception.
Women should be told if they are having more than two births, if they have multiple pregnancies, if the number of pregnancies exceeds two or three, or if they do not plan to become pregnant.
Women who are already pregnant should not be asked whether they are pregnant or considering pregnancy, and the number and timing of the pregnancies should not influence the decision.
But this does not apply to women with pre-existing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
The new guidelines state a doctor should not perform a vasectomy for women who are currently pregnant, but they should be able to provide contraception without a vasectomies.
The guidelines also say women who have been pregnant before should be allowed to have two or less children.
They also state that a woman’s age, education, marital status, race, and income should not affect whether she is able to obtain contraception.
These recommendations come in response to growing concerns about unintended pregnancies, and Sanger said she hopes they will inspire other physicians and medical professionals to follow the ACOG’s lead.
“There is a huge cultural gap between what we know and what we do,” she said.
“We know that it’s really important for women to be able and comfortable with having a family and being able to get the care that they need.
And we have to take a serious look at the consequences of not providing this care.”
Read about other women who face obstacles when it comes to contraception.
For more on reproductive health, watch: The guidelines also state a patient’s age should not impact whether they can access contraception.
But the guidelines also include guidelines for a woman who is planning to get pregnant, and suggest a woman seeking contraception should discuss this with her physician.
They suggest that a patient should be encouraged to talk about her desire to get pregnancy tests, so that the tests can be administered at the right time.
But Sanger is also hopeful that more doctors will adopt these new guidelines.
She said they are a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.
Sanger said it is important to educate providers about the need for contraception and how to tell women about their options.
“It’s about time that we are making contraception available to women and making it available to them in a way that is not stigmatizing or confusing, and that we make sure that women are not judged for the choices they make and that their partners are not discriminated against for their choices,” she told ABC News.