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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.

You can browse all of our guidelines below, or search for guidelines by type, by subject or by keyword.

We also publish a range of patient information leaflets.

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Operative Vaginal Delivery (Green-top Guideline No. 26)
This guideline provides evidence-based information on the use of forceps and vacuum extractor for both rotational and non-rotational operative vaginal deliveries.
Published 01/02/2011
Ovarian Cysts in Postmenopausal Women (Green-top Guideline No. 34)
This guideline provides information on the investigation and management of postmenopausal women with known ovarian cysts.
Published 19/07/2016
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, Management (Green-top Guideline No. 5)
This guideline provides information about the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).
Published 26/02/2016
Ovarian Masses in Premenopausal Women, Management of Suspected (Green-top Guideline No. 62)
This guideline aims to assist clinicians with the initial assessment and appropriate management of suspected ovarian masses in premenopausal women.
Published 02/12/2011
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Green-top Guideline No. 32)
This guideline has been archived. Please see the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) UK National Guideline for the Management of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Published 17/11/2008
Placenta Praevia, Placenta Praevia Accreta and Vasa Praevia: Diagnosis and Management (Green-top Guideline No. 27)
This guideline describes the diagnostic modalities used for placenta praevia, vasa praevia and a morbidly adherent placenta and how they are applied during the antenatal period.
Published 05/01/2011
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Long-term Consequences (Green-top Guideline No. 33)
This guideline provides information based on clinical evidence about the long-term health consequences of PCOS.
Published 05/11/2014
Post-Hysterectomy Vaginal Vault Prolapse (Green-top Guideline No. 46)
This guideline aims to assist generalist and subspecialist gynaecologists in the management of posthysterectomy vaginal vault prolapse (PHVP). The management of urinary incontinence is not covered in this guideline; however, the role of concomitant continence procedures at the time of surgery for vault prolapse is addressed.
Published 24/07/2015
Postpartum Haemorrhage, Prevention and Management (Green-top Guideline No. 52)
This guideline provides information about the prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), primarily for clinicians working in obstetric-led units in the UK; recommendations may be less appropriate for other settings where facilities, resources and routine practices differ.
Published 16/12/2016
Premenstrual Syndrome, Management (Green-top Guideline No. 48)
This guideline reviews the diagnosis, classification and management of premenstrual syndrome. In addition, the evidence for pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments is examined.
Published 01/12/2016