What is women’s health?
Accredo dispenses specialty medications for a variety of women’s health concerns including: pre-term birth, endometriosis and long-acting contraceptives.
Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause pain, difficulty becoming pregnant, bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods, and digestive problems. Endometriosis can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and outer surface of the uterus, among other places.1
The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown. Risk factors may include abdominal surgery, family history, immune disorders, age or menstrual irregularities.
Endometriosis can be treated with medications such as birth control, an intrauterine device (IUD), or a medication called a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. Most medications can be taken by mouth, but there are injections available as well. Sometimes, surgery can be a treatment option.1
Contraception, or birth control, helps reduce the occurrence of unintended pregnancies. Correct and consistent use of birth control increases the effectiveness of the birth control. Many types of contraception exist: hormonal pills, implants, intrauterine devices (IUD’s), patches, and rings. Your health care provider can help you decide which method is right for you. Long acting agents, such as IUD’s and implants, have higher effectiveness due to easier compliance.2
IUD’s and implants provided by Accredo are shipped to the doctor’s office and then administered by a health care provider.
Preterm birth is defined as a delivery of a baby before 37 weeks gestational age. A full-term pregnancy generally lasts about 40 weeks. When babies are born too early they haven’t had enough time to complete vital development of the brain, lungs, liver and other organs. The earlier the pre-term birth, the higher the rate of complications, disability and neonatal death.
More about women’s health
- It is estimated that 11% of women in the United States have endometriosis.3
- Up to 30-50% of women with endometriosis may experience infertility.6
- About 37% of births in the United States were unintended at the time of conception.4
- 62% of women ages 15-44 years old use some form of contraception.5
- According to recent CDC data, about 17% of babies in the US are born pre-term. Risk of pre-term birth may be higher in women with prior pre-term birth, carrying multiples. Rates of pre-term birth may disproportionately affect women of different races, with African American women having rates nearly twice as high as others..7
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1 “Women's Health Frequently Asked Questions.” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2017, https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/gynecologic-problems/endometriosis.
2 “Birth Control Methods.” Office of Women's Health, National Institute of Health, 2017, www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/birth-control-methods. Accessed 26 February 2018.
3 “Endometriosis.” Womenshealth.gov, 20 Dec. 2017, www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/endometriosis. Accessed 26 February 2018.
4 “Health Equity.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 Jan. 2018, www.cdc.gov/women/index.htm. Accessed 26 February 2018.
5 “Reproductive Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 Feb. 2017, www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/index.htm. Accessed 26 February 2018.
6 Macer, M.L., Taylor, H.S. (2012). Endometriosis and Infertility: A review of the pathogenesis and treatment of endometriosis-associated infertility. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America; 39(4): 535–549, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3538128/. Accessed 24 February 2020.
7 “Preterm Birth’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 April 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pretermbirth.htm
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?1
- Pain, including very painful menstrual cramps, lower back pain, intestinal pain
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
- Stomach (digestive) problems, including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or nausea
- Pain during or after sex
- Heavy menstrual periods
How is it diagnosed?
- Pelvic exam: Your health care provider will feel if there are scars or cysts behind the uterus that are indicative of endometriosis.
- Imaging test: An ultrasound or MRI may be ordered to take a picture of the inside of your body
- Laparoscopy: This is a type of surgery to look inside your pelvic area to see if there is endometriosis tissue. This is the only way to be totally sure you have endometriosis. A small sample of the tissue (biopsy) may be studied under a microscope to confirm as well.
1 “Women's Health Frequently Asked Questions.” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2017, www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Endometriosis.
Women's HealthThe following specialty medications are available at Accredo, a specialty pharmacy for Women’s Health.
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Lupaneta Pack™ (leuprolide acetate for depot suspension; norethindrone acetate tablets)
Financing Your Care
Financial assistance may be available to help with your medication costs, including manufacturer and community programs. Accredo specialists are available to help find a program that may work for you.
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Women’s Health Organizations
There are many organizations that support research and advocacy for Women’s Health. See below for a few of those organizations.
- Endometriosis Foundation of America
- The Endometriosis Association
- Endometriosis Research Center
- March of Dimes
- American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics: Patient FAQs
- CDC: Reproductive Health
- Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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