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UVMC Forum Looks at Women’s Health

Women's Forum News Release
(From left) Dr. Ocampo, Dr. Bachman, Dr. Vignali and Jane Pierce participate in women’s health forum in Troy

The benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and continued advocacy for breastfeeding were among topics at the recent UVMC Health Symposium focusing on women’s health.

More than 85 people attended the Women’s Health: Important Issues Across the Lifespan forum at the Crystal Room in Troy.

Topics ranging from the reproductive years to menopause and other issues were addressed by Dr. Victoria Ocampo of Gyne Associates, Troy, and Dr. Katherine Bachman and Dr. Sergio Vignali of Upper Valley Women’s Center.

Although The New York Times recently reported on a Pediatrics journal report that more parents reported in 2010 than in 2008 that they did not intend to vaccinate their daughters for HPV, the local physicians said they have not seen resistance. The same article reported HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country, had declined by one half in teenage girls in recent years.

Dr. Ocampo said that the vaccine is recommended for those ages 9-26. She said she believes parents are educated on the virus and the vaccine’s benefits. “I have not had a lot of concerns,” she said.

Dr. Bachman agreed, pointing out pediatric offices are getting the word out about the need for the vaccination. “A good variety of them (young patients) coming in have been vaccinated,” she said. “It is a preventive measure.”

Dr. Vignali discussed surgery as part of women’s care, noting that one in three women have a hysterectomy by age 60.  While laparoscopic surgery is commonly used today, robotic assisted surgery is the next step beyond that procedure, he said, adding that less invasive surgeries mean faster recovery times.

Jane Pierce, Clinical Nurse Specialist, addressed breastfeeding today.

“Breastfeeding is the number one thing that should be done. It is best for the baby and we are pushing for breastfeeding … It is good for the baby, and it is also good for the mom,” Pierce said.  “We are working hard, looking at exclusive breastfeeding without bottles/formula.”

The forum was provided by Upper Valley Medical Center with support from the UVMC Foundation.