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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...

Glucose sensor could mean end of diabetics' finger prick tests

A new sensor placed under the skin could remove the need for diabetics to perform frequent finger prick tests. The small sensor called Eversense is implanted under the skin, allowing it to monitor blood sugar levels by testing the fluid just below the skin. This information is then relayed to a...

Vaginal bacteria could be responsible for recurrent UTIs

A vaginal bacteria could trigger recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) among women, scientists have found. The discovery could point to why sexual activity can trigger UTIs. The bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis can make dormant E. coli left from a previous infection to start multiplying again,...

Women having unneeded mastectomies after genetic testing

Almost half of those who undergo double mastectomies after having genetic testing for the breast cancer gene don't actually have the gene mutations that point to a higher risk of developing the disease. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have said that many doctors are not...

Hot flushes during menopause could link to heart disease risk

Frequent hot flushes during menopause could be a sign of increased risk of heart disease, according to a study by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). While hot flushes are a common symptom of menopause and have already been shown to have a large impact on quality of life, they could be a...

Period syncing myth debunked

Menstrual cycles do not actually sync up between women who spend a lot of time together, new research has found. Despite the fact that no scientific studies have been able to prove the theory that those with uteruses can experience synced cycles, the idea has become almost fact. However, a new...

Teachers concerned with reporting FGM cases

A third of teachers in the UK have said that they are worried about reporting female genital mutilation (FGM) or child abuse related to faith, according to a recent survey. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has released its recent poll findings revealing that many teachers are...

Latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter online!

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online . Click here to subscribe.

New genetic findings could aid fertility treatment

Genetic studies have found a molecular mechanism that is important when it comes to maintaining eggs in a dormant state and so ensure fertility is effective, reports Phys.Org. Researchers have found that mammalian egg cells, also called oocytes, are generated by female embryos. During development,...

Chewing gum could help to detect breast cancer

A new cancer test has been developed that can easily show whether a person has cancerous tumours, including breast cancer. Volatile Analysis has developed a chewing gum that collects chemicals released into the saliva by cancerous tumours, allowing for quick analysis to show if any are present...

Latest issue of PPIUD Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Post-Partum IUD Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter is produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe now to receive the Newsletter directly to your inbox.