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Patient information leaflets

Our patient information leaflets are designed for you and others involved in your care. All the information comes from up-to-date and carefully checked guidance for doctors, but it’s been written in a way that makes it clearer for non-medical people. Find out more about how we produce our patient information leaflets.

You can browse all of our patient information leaflets below, see all our guidelines on a particular topic (see ‘filter by subject’) or search for a specific word or phrase.

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Sterilisation for women and men
This patient information leaflet has now been archived. For up to date information please visit the Family Planning Association website. 
Published 01/01/2004
Abdominal hysterectomy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, an abdominal hysterectomy – an operation to remove your uterus (womb) through a cut in your tummy.
Published 22/10/2015
About RCOG guidelines and parallel information for the public
An explanation of how the RCOG develops patient information leaflets based on its clinical guidelines.
Published 12/12/2005
Acute pelvic inflammatory disease
This patient information leaflet provides advice on acute pelvic inflammatory disease.
Published 18/11/2016
Air travel and pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice on travelling by air during pregnancy.
Published 06/02/2015
Alcohol and pregnancy
UK-wide guidelines were published on 8 January 2016 on alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Published 08/01/2016
Alternatives to HRT for symptoms of the menopause
This patient information leaflet provides advice on alternatives to HRT for symptoms of the menopause.
Published 30/11/2011
Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling
This patient information leaflet provides advice for pregnant women who are considering having chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis (an amnio).
Published 01/09/2011
Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman
This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health and published by RCOG Press.
Published 30/03/2010
Assisted vaginal birth (ventouse or forceps)
This patient information leaflet provides advice on vaginal birth assisted by ventouse or forceps.  
Published 16/05/2012

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