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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...

Scotland unlocks drug for breast cancer treatment

A drug that is used to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer is to be made available on NHS Scotland after being withdrawn in England due to the expense. The drug Kadcyla is used to treat cancer known as HER2, which is a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. It is also an expensive...

Link between air pollution and breast cancer discovered

Women living in areas that experience high levels of pollution could be at a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Research has suggested that increased exposure to soot particles could lead to denser breast tissue, which is one of the strongest risk factors linked to breast...

Common chemical could make breast cancer more aggressive

A common chemical found in many household items could result in cancer being harder to treat. Bisphenol S (BPS) is used as an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic items and could cause breast cancer to become more aggressive. A new study has found that BPS disrupts the endocrine system by...

Treating PCOS early could improve fertility

Treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) early could help to reduce the likelihood of a drop in fertility later on. New research has suggested that reducing the amount of abdominal visceral fat and liver fat down to normal levels among adolescent girls with PCOS could help restore ovulation and...

Scientists explain why women’s fertility falls with age

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), Canada, claim they have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility . They have observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older mice and have said that this defect may also be present in...

Italy could be offering 'period leave'

Italy could be the first Western country to provide 'period leave' for women who suffer from painful periods. A draft law is currently being discussed by Italy's parliament that would mean employers have to grant three days of monthly leave to those women who present a doctor's note...

Gum disease linked to higher death rate for post-menopausal women

Post-menopausal women suffering from gum disease or tooth loss could be at risk of a higher chance of death, according to new research. However, these dental problems are not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association...

Fertility clinics selling 'ineffective' IVF add-ons

A fertility watchdog has warned that women paying for IVF treatment are being pressured to pay for additional products. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that clinics are selling unneeded add-ons, but it is unable to prevent this. Extra treatments being offered to women...

Breakthrough procedure could lead to natural pregnancy for cancer survivors

Female cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy could be able to have a natural pregnancy due to a new procedure. The New York Post reports that plans for a groundbreaking procedure that could be beneficial for millions of women have been submitted to the New York Health Department for...

Scientists ‘may have found way for menopausal women to become pregnant’

Greek scientists have reported that they may have found a way for menopausal women to become pregnant, using their own eggs. Using a treatment that rejuvenates ageing ovaries, the scientists isolated plasma from a patient’s own blood and then injected it back into their ovaries and uterus...