Need to Know: ACOG Recommends Vaccine, COVID-19 Child Care Costs, and Menopause Genetics Research

In Nyssa's weekly 'Need to Know' series, we recap the three most important stories related to reproductive health, sex education, and bodily autonomy.

Obstetric leaders recommend COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people

Two leading obstetric care organizations The American College of Gynecologists and the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine are now encouraging pregnant people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. "ACOG is recommending vaccination of pregnant individuals because we have evidence of the safe and effective use of the vaccine during pregnancy from many tens of thousands of reporting individuals," J. Martin Tucker, MD, FACOG, president of ACOG said in a press release, "because we know that COVID-19 infection puts pregnant people at increased risk of severe complications, and because it is clear from the current vaccination rates that people need to feel confident in the safety and protective value of the COVID-19 vaccines." Read more about the news here.

A new study shows genetic variations could predict menopause timing

New research shows genetics could one day predict when a person's menopause will begin. In a study of 200,000 women, hundreds of genetic determinants were identified in the ovarian aging process. “We found five times as many genetic factors than were known previously,” study author Dr John Perry from the University of Cambridge told The Guardian. “In terms of what we know about the genetics of menopause, it’s a huge leap forward." The study's findings could help experts develop therapies to extend fertility and prevent disease. Read more about the study in The Guardian.

With Delta variant concerns, some parents are saying no to work

The Delta variant and uncertainty around child care options are forcing some parents out of work. It's an impossible calculation with little help on the way. "You cannot divorce the child care issue and the pandemic,” AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab told the New York Times. "It’s important that we don’t forget about the workers who are wrestling with this day in and day out." Read the feature story in the New York Times.