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Since 2000 there has been a 17% increase in the number of women serving in the U.S. military. As women enter the services in more significant numbers and are increasingly deployed to combat operations, the military must adopt policies and practices that accommodate the health care needs of female warriors. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it is essential that obstetrician-gynecologists are knowledgeable and prepared to address the unique risks to women's reproductive health that are associated with military service. This article responds to this call by focusing on issues related to menstrual regulation or suppression in the female active-duty population. Analysis shows that although servicewomen have consistently reported a desire to suppress or regulate menstruation, rates of this practice remain low. Potential reasons for this include barriers to care and issues related to health literacy within the military population of patients and health care providers. This article provides an overview of the growing body of survey and interview data focusing on military women's health to show that there are gaps in knowledge and significant barriers to care that must be addressed. Ultimately, this work argues that medical care and counseling should be more responsive to the needs of female service members. Educating female service members on the option of menstrual suppression should be made a standard part of routine well-woman care and predeployment physicals, thereby removing sex-specific barriers and enabling more women to take on forward combat roles.
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Name: Obstetrics and gynecology
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A corps of the armed services concerned with animal medicine, the chief interest of which is the care of government-owned working dogs (as in the military police units), working horses (as in state funerals), and working military dolphins (as in undersea exploration and other activities). In the United States Army Veterinary Corps animal medicine overlaps and interconnects with biomedical research using laboratory research animals. A related activity is laboratory animal care. The Corps provides limited care for privately owned animals of military personnel through non-appropriated funds. Military service veterinarians in the United States Army must be graduates of accredited veterinary schools and must have a state license. (Telephone communication with Lt. Col. William Inskeep II, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, October 4, 1994)
A cabinet department in the Executive Branch of the United States Government whose mission is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.
The last menstrual period. Permanent cessation of menses (MENSTRUATION) is usually defined after 6 to 12 months of AMENORRHEA in a woman over 45 years of age. In the United States, menopause generally occurs in women between 48 and 55 years of age.
Men and women serving on active duty in the military, or in a reserve military force, and their immediate family including spouses, children, and parents.
An armed conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. The parties included United Nations forces from 15 member nations under United States command against military from North Korea and the Peoples Republic of China.
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