Top women's health news

Incomplete HPV vaccination may still have benefits

Women from ethnic minorities who receive human papillomavirus vaccinations (HPV) after they are sexually active may still achieve some benefits, according to a study published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

A study in the US investigated women aged 21 to 30 who were undergoing routine tests for cervical cytology.

Pain control in labour could fight depression

Effective pain control during childbirth could help to cut the risk of depression after delivery, according to an editorial in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Invest in young adolescent sexual health for long-term gain

Investing in promoting good sexual and reproductive health to young adolescents aged ten to 14 is an important step to help them develop into young adults, according to Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health.

Strategies to boost Pill success in obese women

Oral contraceptives may not be as effective in obese women, but a new study has identified ways to improve its efficacy.

Concern has been growing for some time that the Pill might not work as well in women with higher body mass index scores, since obesity can have a negative impact on the levels of drugs in the body.

Blood thinner for pregnant women may be ineffective

A common injection given to pregnant women at risk of blood clots may not be effective, according to new research published in the Lancet.

Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is frequently prescribed to pregnant women who have thrombophilia - a tendency to develop blood clots in the veins - to prevent the development of pregnancy complications as a result of clotting in the placenta.

Sri Lanka: maternal deaths drop in Northern Province

Maternal mortality rates have dropped in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province since the end of the lengthy conflict in the region, officials say.

Unicef data highlights FGM prevalence

Data published by Unicef this week (July 22nd) indicated the extent of female genital mutilation (FGM) around the world.

Caffeine could worsen some menopause symptoms

Higher caffeine intake could lead to more severe hot flashes and night sweats during the menopause, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic in the US.

Genes influence when girls reach puberty

The age at which girls reach puberty is influenced by so-called ‘imprinted’ genes, a new study shows.

According to an international study published in Nature, researchers have identified 123 genetic variations that appeared to be linked to when girls reach sexual maturity.

Gynaecologists ‘should be involved in child cancer treatment’

Gynaecologists should have greater involvement in the treatment of children with cancer.

This is the view of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG), which has published updated recommendations saying that ob-gyns should be able to identify and treat gynaecologic concerns in children and teenagers before, during and after their cancer treatment.

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