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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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Surgery for stress incontinence
This patient information leaflet has now been archived. For up to date information please visit the NHS Choices website.
Published 01/02/2005
Third- or fourth-degree tear during childbirth
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about third- and fourth-degree tears during childbirth. 
Published 12/06/2015
Treatment for symptoms of the menopause
This patient information leaflet provides information about treatment options for symptoms of the menopause.
Published 05/02/2018
Turning a breech baby in the womb
Information about turning a breech baby is now available in leaflet Breech baby at the end of pregnancy.
Published 01/02/2008
Umbilical cord prolapse in late pregnancy
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women about umbilical cord prolapse which can happen in late pregnancy.
Published 03/07/2015
Understanding how risk is discussed in healthcare
This patient information leaflet provides advice on understanding how your doctor and other healthcare professionals will discuss risk with you. 
Published 04/08/2015
Vaginal hysterectomy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, a vaginal hysterectomy – an operation to remove your uterus (womb) through your vagina.
Published 22/10/2015
When your baby dies before birth
This patient information leaflet explains the care women will receive if their baby dies before birth.
Published 02/07/2012
When your waters break early
This patient information leaflet provides advice on what happens when your waters break early (before 37 weeks), known as preterm prelabour rupture of the membranes (PPROM).
Published 16/05/2012
Why your weight matters during pregnancy and after birth
This RCOG patient information leaflet has now been archived.
Published 30/11/2011

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