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ABOG Reverses Decision – Gynecologists Can Treat Men

menIf you’re a man struggling with a hormone dysfunction, which medical care provider should you go to for treatment? Well, it might surprise you to learn that most men seek care from gynecologists who, by far, have the most experience treating hormone dysfunctions.

Last year, however, the American Board of OB-GYN passed a new rule that told board certified obstetricians that they could lose their certification if they continued to treat men, leading both doctors and male patients concerned that thousands of patients could be deprived care.

On January 15, 2014, Dr. Gary Donovitz, a Dallas-based ABOG-certified physician, filed suit against ABOG over the rule change, claiming that it would result in the termination of thousands of physician-patient relationships. Thankfully, ABOG quickly offered to revise their rule and gynecologists now may again treat men without worry of censure. ABOG’s new rule now says that the provider must treat a majority of women, rather than the 75% suggested last fall.

This is fabulous news and we salute Dr. Donovitz, those other physicians and countless patients who spoke out decisively against this poor ruling. BRAVO!!!!

By |2017-01-31T13:18:07+00:00February 5th, 2014|Editorial, Industry News, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog, Jill's Journal, News|Comments Off on ABOG Reverses Decision – Gynecologists Can Treat Men

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My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.