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Non-medical gender-biased sex selection - a joint ICM-FIGO statement

Non-medical gender-biased sex selection A joint statement from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Please click here to view the statement. French version Spanish version

Latest issue of PPIUD Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Post-Partum IUD Initiative Newsletter is now available online !

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Scotland urged to make sanitary products free

A member of the Scottish Parliament is urging ministers to make sanitary products free for women who need them. Monica Lennon, Labour spokesperson for inequalities, has said that access to these items should be “a basic right”. She has called for universities, schools and colleges to...

Climate change-related extreme heat may adversely affect pregnancy

New research has claimed that pregnant women are an important but largely overlooked group vulnerable to the effects of climate change-related extreme heat. The study was conducted by Dr Sabrina McCormick, of the Milken Institute School of Public Health (MPH) at George Washington University, US...

NHS access to IVF ‘being cut across England’

A UK charity has said the country’s National Health Service (NHS) is cutting down on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 13 areas in England in order to save money. Fertility Network UK has said the situation is getting worse in comparison to Scotland, where women can get three full cycles of IVF...

Early term babies ‘at greater risk of diabetes and obesity-related diseases’

Early term deliveries have an impact on babies' long-term health, resulting in an increased risk of diabetes and obesity-related illnesses, as well as shortened life spans. This is according to a new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel. An early term...

New test can predict risk of breast cancer returning

New research has revealed a way for scientists to spot women at high risk of breast cancer recurring within ten years of diagnosis. The study, conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, found that women with a high number of immune cell ‘hotspots’ in and around tumours were...

FDA approves new drug to stop breast cancer returning

The FDA has approved a new drug that could help thousands of women in the US that have been diagnosed with a particular type of aggressive breast cancer. Nerlynx will soon be available to try and prevent cancer from returning when patients haven't responded to other treatment options. “...

New blood test could improve breast cancer survival rates

Women who are in the advanced stages of breast cancer could receive treatment that could extend their life, as scientists develop a test called "liquid biopsy". The method is able to detect the DNA of a tumour, identifying and tracking any changes in 13 different genes. These include some...

High-fat diet in pregnant women could increase cancer risk

New research suggests that pregnant women who adopt a high-fat diet could be more at risk of developing cancer. The study, which observed pregnant female mice, found that exposure to a diet that got at least 41 per cent of its calories from fat were more prone to tumour growth. If the findings can...

Kenyan girls to take anti-FGM app idea to Google HQ

Five girls from Kenya will fly to the Google HQ to showcase their idea for a mobile app that will help reduce the prevalence of FGM. The group have already met with the tech giant at its Nairobi offices but they will soon be flying to Google's Californian headquarters. As part of an...

Sharp increase in girls falling victim to FGM in Germany

There are a significant number of women in Germany who are at risk of undergoing FGM by their families, a women's rights group has warned. Terre des Femmes said there were currently more than 13,000 girls in the European country who will be forced into the procedure that involves the removal of...