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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.

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Uterine Transplantation (Scientific Impact Paper No. 65)
The purpose of this Scientific Impact Paper is to summarise the pertinent published literature on uterine transplantation (UTx) and to propose a framework for establishing a sustainable UTx programme in the UK. Potential recipients and donors are discussed, as well as the surgical, immunological, fertility, obstetric, psychological and ethical considerations associated with this procedure.
Published 29/04/2021
Evidence to Support the Clinical Utility of Prenatal Exome Sequencing in the Evaluation of the Fetus with Congenital Anomalies (Scientific Impact Paper No. 64)
This Scientific Impact Paper examines past and more recent evidence on the use of prenatal exome sequencing and outlines what this test adds to current practice in identifying congenital anomalies.
Published 16/02/2021
Elective Egg Freezing for Non-Medical Reasons (Scientific Impact Paper No. 63)
This Scientific Impact Paper examines the reasons behind the increasing numbers of women choosing to freeze their eggs (cryopreservation of oocytes) in the absence of a medical condition, the efficacy and safety of the technique, the ethical considerations, and the importance of improved and continuing fertility education to optimise success rates.
Published 27/02/2020
Reproductive Implications and Management of Congenital Uterine Anomalies (Scientific Impact Paper No. 62)
The task of counselling and caring for women diagnosed with congenital uterine anomalies (CUAs) is complex because of four issues: inconsistent classifications, the use of diverse diagnostic modalities, the challenges associated with determining the reproductive impact of each anomaly using published data, and the absence of a single randomised controlled trial to address surgical management of CUAs. The aim of this Scientific Impact Paper is to address these issues and make recommendations.
Published 21/11/2019
Prenatal Management of Pregnancies at Risk of Fetal Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) (Scientific Impact Paper No. 61)
This Scientific Impact Paper considers the latest evidence in relation to treatment options in the prenatal management of pregnancies at risk of FNAIT; specifically, the role of screening, immunoglobulins, steroids, fetal blood sampling and intrauterine platelet transfusion.
Published 10/04/2019
The Combined Use of Ultrasound and Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging for a Comprehensive Fetal Neurological Assessment in Fetal Congenital Cardiac Defects (Scientific Impact Paper No. 60)
This Scientific Impact Paper summarises the available evidence for the combined use of ultrasound and fetal magnetic resonance imaging to comprehensively assess the brain in fetuses with congenital cardiac defects.
Published 27/03/2019
Antenatal and Postnatal Analgesia (Scientific Impact Paper No. 59)
The purpose of this Scientific Impact Paper is to clarify advice regarding pain relief in the antenatal and postnatal periods reviewing evidence from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and European Medicines Agency.
Published 13/12/2018
Diagnostic Biomarkers for Predicting Adverse Early Pregnancy Outcomes (Scientific Impact Paper No. 58)
This Scientific Impact Paper discusses the controversies surrounding the current use of biomarkers and their potential future use.
Published 07/11/2018
Epigenetics and Reproductive Medicine (Scientific Impact Paper No. 57)
This Scientific Impact Paper summarises current viewpoints on our understanding of epigenetics and the relevance of these findings to reproductive medicine.
Published 25/09/2018
Multiple Pregnancy Following Assisted Reproduction (Scientific Impact Paper No. 22)
This paper discusses the increase in the multiple pregnancy rate as a result of assisted reproduction and the implications.
Published 02/02/2018