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Dating FAQs

Author: Terri Couwenhoven, MS - Sexuality Educator and Clinic Coordinator

In the document linked below, Terri Couwenhoven shares answers to frequently asked questions about dating. Terri is the author of several books including  Teaching Children with Down

Use of Birth Control in Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Monica Jolanta Wojciechowski, DO - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Women with Down syndrome (DS) experience similar gynecological concerns as women without DS. However, women with DS may have trouble expressing these concerns to medical professionals. Menstruation, f

Mammograms

Author: Sravanthi Paritala, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

What is a mammogram? A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that looks for breast cancer, which is the most common cancer among women. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recomme

Low Risk of Solid Tumors in Persons with Down Syndrome

Author: Hasle, Friedman, Olsen, & Rasmussen - Genetics in Medicine (2016)

Abstract Purpose:  The aim of this study was to investigate cancer incidence in a large cohort of persons with Down syndrome.  Methods:  Down syndrome was identified from th

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine, Roth, Chicoine, & Sulo - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2015)

Abstract: This study examined mammogram reports of women with Down syndrome (DS) treated in the largest medical facility specifically serving adults with DS in the United States. Records of 684 women

Sterilization

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We were sent a question about sterilization. The question came with a link to an article from Great Britain about a family who requested a sterilization procedure for their “21 year

Birth Control Pills and Blood Clots

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Is it safe for women with Down syndrome to take the birth control pill (oral contraceptives)? We have a number of female patients who successfully take oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) for a variety of

Depo-Provera

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We received a question about the use of Depo-Provera. Depo-Provera is an injection of progesterone that is used to: Prevent pregnancy Reduce periods and/or symptoms from periods The injection is given

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