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10 things you should know about endometriosis

7 September 2017

Did you know it takes an average of 7.5 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis – a gynaecological condition surrounded by taboos, myths and a lack of awareness? New guidelines published today aim to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of women with endometriosis by highlighting symptoms to doctors, such as pelvic pain, painful periods, and infertility.

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Improving health inequalities and challenges faced by women in East London

22 June 2017

Improving the health and life chances of women and their babies are issues very close to my heart, so it was a real honour to launch the new Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health earlier this month.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week

12 June 2017

Each day in the UK, two women lose their battle with cervical cancer, the most common cancer in women under 35, yet new statistics reveal almost half of women don’t know what the cervix is. 

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2017

23 May 2017

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can happen to a woman during childbirth. It occurs when prolonged obstructed labour without medical intervention causes a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder. In 90% of obstetric fistula cases, the baby is stillborn, while obstructed labour accounts for 6% of all global maternal mortality. This devastating condition affects more than two million women worldwide, with up to 100,000 new cases occurring each year, yet is largely preventable. 

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

7 December 2016

It is shocking that one in three women around the world experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Research suggest that these women are more than twice as likely to have an abortion and almost twice as likely to experience depression compared to women who have not experienced partner violence.

World Menopause Day

18 October 2016

Today marks the first World Menopause Day since the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published its first guideline on the diagnosis and management of the menopause nearly one year ago. 

Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month: Know your body

2 September 2016

September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month; a UK-wide initiative led by women’s cancer charity, The Eve Appeal. The campaign aims to encourage more women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and to feel comfortable speaking about them without shame or embarrassment.

A journey through the eyes of healthcare professionals in South Africa

30 November 2015

The stark and honest descriptions of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in South Africa when providing safe abortion care and postpartum family planning.

Leading Safe Choices: family planning saves lives

30 November 2015

On Tuesday 3 November, we officially launched Leading Safe Choices at the House of Lords. This incredibly exciting project, under the directorship of RCOG Vice-President for Strategic Development, Professor Lesley Regan, presents an opportunity to confront two major issues that have persistently hindered progress in women’s health: contraception and abortion. 

Menopause: Time for change

12 November 2015

Women need clear, evidence-based information to break through the conflicts of opinion and confusion about the menopause. This is all about informed choice.

TOG reviews the obstetric care for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK

21 October 2015

An article in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG) published today (21 October 2015) reviews the current state of obstetric care for women who are asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Launch of the the RCOG Green-top Guideline on FGM

15 July 2015

I am very pleased to announce the publication of the revised RCOG Green-top Guideline Female Genital Mutilation and its Management (no. 33) last Friday.  It has been around two years in the making and I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our guideline authors and contributors.  

Drawing out obstetric fistula

20 May 2015

Every year between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula and more than two million women are currently living with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  

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