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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.

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We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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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
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
Air Travel and Pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 1)
This paper provides guidance for obstetricians on how to advise women on whether it is suitable for them to fly during pregnancy.
Published 22/05/2013
Alternatives to HRT for the Management of Symptoms of the Menopause (Scientific Impact Paper No. 6)
This paper provides guidance on alternatives to hormone replacement therapy for the management of menopausal symptoms.
Published 01/09/2010
Antithrombotics in the Prevention of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, The Use of (Scientific Impact Paper No. 26)
This paper discusses the rationale behind the use of antithrombotics in women with recurrent pregnancy loss.
Published 24/06/2011
Ascites in Ovarian Cancer Patients, Management of (Scientific Impact Paper No. 45)
This paper describes the aetiology, therapeutic options and research needs for the management of malignant ascites secondary to ovarian cancer.
Published 19/11/2014
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
Botulinum Toxin for an Overactive Bladder (Scientific Impact Paper No. 42)
This guideline provides guidance on the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of detrusor overactivity and overactive blladder.
Published 05/02/2014
Changing Role of the Gynaecologist in the Management of Women with Cancer (Scientific Impact Paper No. 10)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 01/11/2007
Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 37)
This paper provides advice on the sources and routes of chemical exposure during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, to allow women to minimise harm to their child.
Published 05/06/2013