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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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Fetal Scalp Lactate as an Alternative to Scalp pH, Is it Time for UK Obstetricians to Accept (Scientific Impact Paper No. 47)
The paper considers the benefits of measuring scalp lactate over scalp pH where fetal blood sampling is indicated during labour.
Published 28/01/2015
Genetic Predisposition to Gynaecological Cancers, Management of Women with a (Scientific Impact Paper No. 48)
This paper considers the risks related to gene mutations and the options for reducing or managing the risk of gynaecological cancer.
Published 04/02/2015
High-grade Serous Carcinomas, The Distal Fallopian Tube as the Origin of Non-uterine Pelvic (Scientific Impact Paper No. 44)
This paper reviews the understanding of ovarian carcinogenesis, especially HGSOC because it has the potential to significantly change clinical preventive strategies in ovarian cancer.
Published 19/11/2014
Immunological Testing and Interventions for Reproductive Failure (Scientific Impact Paper No. 5)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived. Please see Scientific Impact Paper no. 53 The Role of Natural Killer Cells in Human Fertility and no. 54 Local Endometrial Trauma (Endometrial Scratch): A Treatment Strategy to Improve Implantation Rates.
Published 01/06/2008
Induction of Labour at Term in Older Mothers (Scientific Impact Paper No. 34)
This paper discusses the induction of labour in women of advanced maternal age (40+ years) and the possible benefits of inducing at an earlier stage of gestation (39–40 weeks).
Published 01/02/2013
Intrauterine Infection and Perinatal Brain Injury (Scientific Impact Paper No. 3)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 01/10/2007
Life Course Approach to Women’s Health Care, Why Should we Consider a (Scientific Impact Paper No. 27)
This Scientific Impact Paper has been archived.
Published 14/10/2011
Local Endometrial Trauma (Endometrial Scratch): A Treatment Strategy to Improve Implantation Rates (Scientific Impact Paper No. 54)
This Scientific Impact Paper discusses the evidence for endometrial trauma and improved implantation rates, the mechanisms by which implantation may improve, timing and technique for inducing endometrial trauma and who may benefit.
Published 28/11/2016
Magnesium Sulphate to Prevent Cerebral Palsy following Preterm Birth (Scientific Impact Paper No. 29)
This paper discusses the use of magnesium sulphate in the prevention of cerebral palsy resulting from preterm birth.
Published 28/09/2011
Management of Female Malignant Ovarian Germ Cell Tumours (Scientific Impact Paper No.52)
This Scientific Impact Paper studies the management of female malignant ovarian germ cell tumours (MOGCTs).
Published 25/11/2016