Gynaecology and Women's Health

Misunderstanding surrounding periods is still rife in UK

Almost half (44 per cent) of girls don't understand what's happening when they get their first period, a new report has found. The Independent reports that there is a lot of misunderstanding around periods and menstrual health in the UK, with many girls and young women unaware of what is...

UK women seeing GP 10 times before common gynaecological diagnoses

Women aren't being diagnosed with common gynaecological complaints in the UK fast enough, according to new findings. Almost half of women (40 per cent) have to see their GP ten times before being given a diagnosis, with many doctors telling patients that their symptoms are 'in their head...

More IV fluids could ‘shorten labour and reduce C-sections’

A higher rate of IV fluids provided to women in labour can reduce the number of caesarean sections as well as shorten the length of labour by an hour, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, US. Dr Vincenzo Berghella, professor in the Department of...

UNAIDS: Urgent need to increase HIV prevention in women

To mark International Women’s Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a report showing that there is an urgent need to increase HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls around the world. The report, titled ‘When women lead, change...

Pregnant women suffering extreme sickness ‘not told about treatments’

Up to two-thirds of pregnant women suffering extreme sickness in the UK are not provided with information or drugs to treat it, according to new research. A survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) showed that half found accessing care difficult. According to the charity...

Health chief urges smoking checks for pregnant women

The chief executive of Public Health England has urged all hospitals to test pregnant women for carbon monoxide to establish if they smoke. Duncan Selbie said he wants wants midwives and nurses to screen expectant mothers when they first report their pregnancy, keep monitoring them during all...

Pre-eclampsia ‘increases risk of heart disease’

Women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life, according to new research by Keele University, UK. The study also found that expectant mothers with pre-eclampsia, which presents with high blood pressure and protein in the woman...

Just 7% of pregnant women with mental health issues get specialist care

Only seven per cent of women with mental health problems during and after pregnancy in the UK were referred to specialist care, a new survey has revealed. Titled, ‘Maternal Mental Health - Women’s Voices’, which was conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

New partnership launched to develop AIDS vaccine

A new partnership has been formed between European and African researchers to develop a new vaccine that can be used to prevent infection with different strains of HIV across the globe. The Globally Relevant AIDS Vaccine Europe-Africa Trials Partnership (GREAT) will set out to evaluate a new...

Breast cancer survivors take part in NY Fashion Week

Breast cancer survivors have taken part in New York Fashion Week to raise money for charity. Titled AnaOno Intimates, the show was created by US designer and breast cancer survivor Dana Donofree, produced by Erik Rosette and introduced by Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino. Models proudly showed...