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Guidelines

The RCOG produces guidelines as an aid to good clinical practice. Our guidelines present recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence, for consideration by obstetricians/gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals. Find out more about the different types of guideline we publish.

All guidelines on this website are current and remain so until replaced. Find out how to access previous versions of guidelines.

You can browse all of our guidelines below, or search for guidelines by type, by subject or by keyword.

We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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Potential for harm as a result of off-licence use of Hibitane (chlorhexidine 1%)
Off-licence use of Hibitane (chlorhexidine 1%) has led to chemical burns when gauze swabs soaked in the cream have been left in situ.
Published 13/05/2016
Progress in Cervical Screening in the UK (Scientific Impact Paper No. 7)
This paper reviews the challenges and developments associated with cervical screening programmes.
Published 16/03/2016
Endometrial Hyperplasia, Management of (Green-top Guideline No. 67)
This guideline provides clinicians with up-to-date evidence-based information regarding the management of endometrial hyperplasia. 
Published 26/02/2016
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, Management (Green-top Guideline No. 5)
This guideline provides information about the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
Published 26/02/2016
Obtaining Valid Consent to Participate in Perinatal Research Where Consent is Time Critical (Clinical Governance Advice No. 6a)
This document provides a good practice framework for obtaining consent for participation in research during labour or immediately postpartum.
Published 16/02/2016
Female Sterilisation (Consent Advice No. 3)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of women undergoing sterilisation by laparoscopy or hysteroscopy or at the time of caesarean section. 
Published 16/02/2016
Bariatric Surgery in Improving Reproductive Health, The Role of (Scientific Impact Paper No. 17)
This paper reviews the most recent evidence on the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery as an intervention to improve female fertility and reproductive outcomes in obese women.
Published 15/10/2015
Birth after Previous Caesarean Birth (Green-top Guideline No. 45)
This guideline provides evidence-based information to inform the care of women undergoing either planned vaginal birth after previous caesarean section (VBAC) or elective repeat caesarean section (ERCS).
Published 01/10/2015
Post-Hysterectomy Vaginal Vault Prolapse (Green-top Guideline No. 46)
This guideline aims to assist generalist and subspecialist gynaecologists in the management of posthysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse (PHVP). The management of urinary incontinence is not covered in this guideline; however, the role of concomitant continence procedures at the time of surgery for vault prolapse is addressed.
Published 24/07/2015
Female Genital Mutilation and its Management (Green-top Guideline No. 53)
This guideline reviews the evidence on female genital mutilation (FGM) and provides guidance for clinicians involved in the care of women who have undergone FGM.
Published 10/07/2015