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FIGO Past President appointed Officer to the Order of Canada

FIGO congratulates Past President Dr Dorothy Shaw on her recent appointment as Officer to the Order of Canada. Dr Shaw was recognised for her publications and advocacy efforts to advance women’s rights and improve the health of women, newborns and children. More information on the appointment...

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Scientists claim to have reversed the menopause

Scientists in Greece claimed to have reversed menopause in older women, helping to encourage ageing ovaries to once again start producing fertile eggs. It comes on the back of work by pioneering expert Konstantinos Sfakianoudis, a gynaecologist at a fertility clinic named Genesis Athens. The...

Any kind of unprotected sex could lead to Zika infection, experts warn

US health officials have warned that any kind of unprotected sex - vaginal, anal, oral, and even with sex toys - could present a risk of spreading the Zika virus. Doctors at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) have released new guidelines aimed at urging women at risk of...

No link between IVF and breast cancer, research claims

Women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not more susceptible to developing breast cancer, new research has suggested. A study conducted by the Netherlands Cancer Institute and published in the July 19th issue of JAMA, surveyed 19,158 women who started IVF treatment between 1983 and 1995,...

FGM is child abuse says UN chief

The head of the United Nations Population Fund has told the BBC that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse. It is the first time Dr Babatunde Osotimehin has described FGM in such terms, adding that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to be stopped immediately. The...

Olympics 'could spread Zika virus around the world' expert warns

Athletes, officials and fans risk spreading the Zika virus all over the world, a leading expert has warned. Dr Sam Allen, an expert in ­infectious diseases from Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, claims that all of those visiting Rio de Janeiro this summer are at risk of contracting...

Herpes could lead to infertility, researchers warn

A new study has suggested that there may be a strong link between a specific strain of the herpes virus and unexplained infertility. Research published in the journal PLOS One suggests that the herpes strain HHV-6A infected the uterine lining in 43 per cent of the 30 women to participate in the...

UK women over 40 have higher fertility rate than those under 20 for first time since 1947

The fertility rate of women living in the UK aged 40 and above has surpassed that of women aged under 20 for the first time since 1947, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The older age group saw the largest percentage increase in fertility rates in 2015, gaining 3.4...

More funding needed to combat FGM, campaigners claim

More funding is needed in order to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across England, campaigners have warned. Over the last six years, the Tackling FGM Initiative has given £2.8 million of funding to various community-based prevention schemes. The initiative was...

Vietnamese HIV patients at risk amid lowering of foreign funds

An advocate for HIV/AIDS patients across Vietnam, says thousands of sufferers are facing the prospect of a medication shortage, due to foreign donors deciding to pull out. A large majority of treatments for HIV patients across the country comes either from or through the US government agency Pepfar...

Summer a high-risk time for FGM, UK campaigners warn

A conference in Stevenage, England, has marked the start of a national week of action aimed at highlighting awareness of the risks and issues that come with the illegal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The event gave a platform to anti-FGM campaigner Aneeta Prem, who founded the Freedom...