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FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017 (28 May). Click here for more information. Join in the campaign...

FIGO congratulates new Director-General of WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of WHO. FIGO extends sincere congratulations to him. He has confirmed attendance at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2018. Pictured at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: L-R: Professor C N...

FIGO Secretariat awarded SILVER by ‘Investors in the Environment’!

We started working with Investors in the Environment (IIE) towards reducing our impact on the environment in early 2016. We are now excited to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Silver’ level accreditation, scoring over 90 per cent in this category! We will now be putting all...

Gene discovery could lead to chlamydia cure

Researchers have discovered genes that can affect how the immune system reacts to infections, which they believe could lead to development of a cure for chlamydia. The sexually transmitted disease (STD) is one of the most common in Britain and usually does not present symptoms in the early stages...

Cheap drug could save thousands from post-partum bleeding

A widely available drug could dramatically reduce the risk of death associated with bleeding after childbirth. A new study tested 20,000 women from around the world to see if the drug tranexamic (TXA) was beneficial. It was found that death as a result of bleeding was reduced by around 31 per cent...

Thousands of cancers diagnosed in A&E after GPs miss signs

GPs across the UK are missing the signs of cancer, causing thousands of people to be diagnosed when they visit accident and emergency. New research from Cambridge University, University College London and Public Health England (PHE) has found that people are receiving A&E cancer diagnoses,...

London mayor urged to fight FGM in capital

London's mayor Sadiq Khan is being called on to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). The London assembly has urged the mayor to help put an end to "the hidden crime" of FGM in the city. In its report, the assembly said that an estimated 170,000 girls and women...

Women with hot flushes 'more prone to depression'

Menopausal women who experience regular hot flushes could be more likely to experience depression. Scientists in Australia have found that those experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause are more likely to also develop depression. These latest findings help to support previous research...

Women's wellbeing 'negatively impacted by contraceptive pill'

Women's general wellbeing can be severely affected by the pill, according to new research. Scientists from Sweden have found that healthy women who take the combined contraceptive pill estimate their quality of life being lower than those who don't. The combined contraceptive pill is one of...

IVF 'doesn't affect long-term health of children'

Children conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not at risk from more future health concerns compared to those conceived naturally, scientists have said. IVF has become more common over recent years, but since its initial inception, there have been concerns over the effect of the method...

Strawberries could 'protect against breast cancer'

Strawberries could offer some protection against breast cancer, according to a recent scientific study. Researchers have found that eating just 15 strawberries every day might help lower women's risk of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer. Equivalent to a punnet of strawberries a day,...

Antidepressants during pregnancy 'do not cause ADHD and autism'

Taking antidepressants before pregnancy and during the early stages does not increase a child's chances of developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. Scientists from Indiana University, US, found that there were no increased risks of...

Sperm could be used to deliver targeted cancer treatment

Doctors are looking at the drug delivery opportunities that could be provided by human sperm. Researchers from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Germany have started researching the possibility of using sperm to deliver medication to female cancer patients. The team found that sperm...