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SOGC Statement on IUC Self-Removal Trend on Social Media

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports reproductive choice for all Canadians. This includes the ability to freely choose, access, and use an individual’s contraceptive method of choice, as well as to discontinue a method of contraception.

While there have been reports of women removing their own intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs), the SOGC recommends that individuals who wish to discontinue use of their IUC (or contraceptive implant) visit a health care provider to avoid potential complications that could occur with self-removal, to ensure safe removal, and to discuss future contraceptive choices if desired.

As there is a lot of medical misinformation on social media, the SOGC encourages anyone with questions about their health and contraceptive choices to consult their health care provider. We also remind those creating content for social media to be mindful of the images and information you are sharing and to consider your personal and cyber safety when posting images and videos of yourself.

Timely access to all contraceptive services, including IUC or contraceptive implant insertion and removal should be a priority for health care providers and policymakers.

Read the statement HERE.

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November 29, 2021
SOGC Statement on IUC Self-Removal Trend on Social Media
 

SOGC Announces New CEO

Dr. Diane Francoeu

It is with great pleasure that the SOGC announces the appointment of the incoming CEO, Dr. Diane Francoeur!

Diane is a highly accomplished obstetrician-gynaecologist who has always shown a passion for her profession: caring for girls and women to help them make the best choices in relation to their sexual and reproductive health. After becoming the first woman president of the Federation of medical specialists of Quebec (FMSQ) and having completed all her mandates, she returned to her team and patients, having kept her medical expertise up-to-date. She continues to work as an associate professor at the CHU Ste-Justine, affiliated with the University of Montreal. She is well-acquainted with the SOGC having previously served as President from 2014 to 2015.


"It will be an honour to lead the SOGC into the era of post-COVID transformation. I look forward to working with all levels of governments, partners and stakeholders to provide access to relevant, high-quality health care for all Canadian women from coast to coast."

"Another important focus will be the well-being of our members and all health care professionals supporting women’s health while ensuring they have the necessary resources to provide optimal care and support to their patients. Women have suffered tremendously during COVID-19. It is time to ensure that they will have access to essential care for themselves or their unborn children within an acceptable and safe time frame."


She will begin as CEO as of January 1, 2022 and is eager to tackle the important issue of accessibility of care, which is terribly endangered with the shortage of human resources in health care and the worrisome rates of burnout. Diane brings with her vast experience in collaborative management, government relations, peer mentoring, and governance modernization, along with a deep passion for women's rights advocacy, health care organization and politics.

On a more personal note, Diane is a mother of 3 and a grandmother to 2. She enjoys hiking, biking, downhill skiing, cooking, and like many of us, looks forward to being able to travel again soon.

Please join us in offering Diane a warm welcome to the SOGC!

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November 29, 2021
SOGC Announces New CEO
 

Statement on the use of acetaminophen for analgesia and fever in pregnancy

Janine R Hutson, Graeme N. Smith, Elisabeth Codsi, Facundo Garcia-Bournissen

Date: November 8th, 2021

This statement was reviewed and approved by the SOGC’s Maternal Fetal Medicine committee.

A recent review published in the journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology calls for caution with the use of acetaminophen in pregnancy based on previously well-known research suggesting that fetal exposure increases the risks of some neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders.1 The position of the SOGC, and a number of other international societies,2-4 is that the evidence for causality for this claim is weak and has many fundamental flaws. The SOGC recommends the use of acetaminophen as a first-line therapeutic option for fever and pain in pregnancy when medically indicated at recommended doses for the shortest duration required.

The controversy regarding the association between in utero exposure to acetaminophen and adverse neurological outcomes in the child, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, is not new. Available studies have been critically analyzed previously by regulatory bodies including the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine4 and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.5 These critical reviews concluded that the evidence for causality is weak and that these studies should not alter current clinical practice.

Although the Bauer et al. manuscript is published as a Consensus Statement,1 it represents only the opinions of the authors and the signatories. Consensus statements are typically endorsed by regulatory authorities or medical specialty organizations. In fact, reputable medical organizations, including ENTIS (European network of teratology information services)2 and ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology)3, have responded with a firm conclusion that clinical practice should not be altered and that acetaminophen should continue to be used for managing fever and/or pain in pregnancy, when indicated The SOGC’s current opinion, based on the available evidence, is in agreement with this point of view.

The benefits of acetaminophen for fever or pain in pregnancy are well recognized, as is the lack of safer alternatives in pregnancy. Untreated fever has been associated with miscarriage, fetal organ malformations, fetal cardiovascular complications and even ASD. Untreated pain can lead to depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure which also have adverse effects on pregnancy. Access to effective pain management is considered a human right, which women should not be denied just because they are pregnant.6 The conclusions of the review by Bauer et al. should not promote unwarranted fear and guilt in pregnant women. Women are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding therapeutics in pregnancy with their health care provider.

Read the statement HERE

REFERENCES

  1. Bauer AZ, Swan SH, Kriebel D, et al. Paracetamol use during pregnancy — a call for precautionary action. Nature Reviews Endocrinology 2021.
  2. The European Network of Teratology Information Services (ENTIS). Position statement on acetaminophen (paracetamol) in pregnancy. 2021.
  3. The American Collge of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG Response to Consensus Statement on Paracetamol Use During Pregnancy. 2021.
  4. Prenatal acetaminophen use and outcomes in children. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017;216:B14-b5.
  5. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA has reviewed possible risks of pain medicine use during pregnancy. 2016.
  6. Brennan F, Lohman D, Gwyther L. Access to Pain Management as a Human Right. Am J Public Health 2019;109:61-5.
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November 16, 2021
Statement on the use of acetaminophen for analgesia and fever in pregnancy
 

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to lead the advancement of women’s health through excellence and collaborative professional practice.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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About the JOGC

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

 
Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

Online Courses

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. 

These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation requests received within 30 days of registration (without accessing the online content) will be refunded minus an administration cost of 25% of the total course fee.
  • For cancellation requests received more than 30 days from registration or after accessing the online material, the course fee is non-refundable.

All cancellations requests must be made in writing to the SOGC and sent by email to [email protected]

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ALARM Courses
Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

Upcoming Courses

We have also developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register for ALARM virtual, please click here.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

 

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

Please note that there are currently no instructor courses planned.

 

Become a Member

The SOGC is the leading voice in women's health in Canada. We are a strong and vibrant society with an active and growing membership. We are here to support you in providing the best care possible to women in Canada and around the world. That's why so many health care providers have become members of the SOGC. Let us be your partner in practice.

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September 30 - October 1
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November 25 - 27
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January 12 - 12
Live interactive forum - January 12, 2022
 
January 26 - 26
Live interactive forum - January 26, 2022
 

Public Education Resources

The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

Providing the public with the information needed to make informed health decisions removes one barrier to improved health.

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Rated one of the top 5 e-health projects in the world, SexandU.ca provides credible and up-to-date sexual health information for teens, adults, parents, teachers, and health care providers.

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Brand Recognition Program

The SOGC Brand Recognition Program aims to assist Canadian consumers to make informed choices when selecting over-the-counter products. 

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