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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

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...

Flowers used to remind women to attend cervical cancer screening

Health campaigners have set up a huge wall of flowers in the city centre of Glasgow, UK, in an attempt to get more women thinking and talking about cervical cancer screening. Campaigners are also handing out one thousand flowers to women in the city as a reminder to attend their next cervical...

Biennial mammograms best after age 50

Screening for breast cancer every two years appears just as beneficial as yearly mammograms for women ages 50 to 74, with significantly fewer false positives, according to new research. The study, conducted by the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF), US, found that this was true even...

Listeria may be ‘serious miscarriage threat’

Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, US. Ted Golos, a UW-Madison reproductive physiologist and professor of...

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...

Exercise ‘can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women’

New research has shown how regular exercise can help menopausal women lose weight and control symptoms such as hot flushes, even in women who previously led sedentary lifestyles. Scientists from the University of Granada, Spain, who carried out the research, explained that decreased oestrogen...

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...

Epilepsy medicine taken by pregnant women ‘does not harm baby’s overall health’

Children whose mothers have taken anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy do not tend to visit the doctor more often than children who have not been exposed to this medicine in utero, according to a new study from Denmark’s Aarhus University. Previous studies have shown that anti-epilepsy...

New technique ‘could reduce breast cancer screening recall rate’

A new breast cancer detection technique has the potential to reduce the rate at which women are called back for further examinations, according to a new study. In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for use with full-field digital mammography...

Having five best friends ‘can boost women’s fertility’

New research has revealed that women who have a close-knit circle of five friends could boost their fertility. Professor Robin Dunbar, from Oxford University, UK, revealed that his research suggests that the stress of having to maintain too many friendships may have an effect on female hormones and...