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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.

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Abdominal Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions (Consent Advice No. 4)
This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining the consent of women undergoing abdominal hysterectomy under general anaesthesia.
Published 20/05/2009
Abortion after endometrial ablation (query bank)
Is there any data on the safety and risks of medical vs surgical termination after endometrial ablation?
Published 07/04/2011
Abortion in a woman with pulmonary hypertension (query bank)
In a pregnant woman with pulmonary hypertension, what is the best method of abortion?
Published 06/08/2009
Absent end-diastolic flow on Doppler (query bank)
What should be the management for intermittent absent end-diastolic flow on Doppler? Whether to consider it as normal, as there is normal flow seen.
Published 10/06/2013
Active labour management (query bank)
Does active labour management reduce the caesarean section rate in primiparous women?
Published 27/05/2011
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain (Scientific Impact Paper No. 30)
This paper considers the evidence surrounding the use of complementary and alternative medicine (focusing on acupuncture and herbal medicine) as a treatment for chronic pelvic pain.
Published 20/03/2012
Adenocarcinoma in situ follow-up (query bank)
Should a 34 year old who had adenocarcinoma in situ excised 4 years ago with very small but clear margins and who has subsequently had normal follow-up smears and has completed her family have a hysterectomy or continue conservative follow-up?
Published 19/04/2010
Adenoma malignum of the cervix prognosis (query bank)
In a 37-year-old fit and otherwise healthy woman, what is the prognosis for (a) primary adenoma malignum of the cervix and (b) recurrence of adenoma malignum of the cervix?
Published 22/06/2009
Adenomyosis (query bank)
What is the recommended treatment for a 38-year old woman with symptomatic adenomyosis?
Published 28/10/2015
Adhesion Prevention Agents in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Use of (Scientific Impact Paper No. 39)
This paper provides guidance for clinicians and policy makers on the use of effective adhesion prevention agents.
Published 05/06/2013