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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...

UK government to protect against pregnancy discrimination

Margot James, under secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has promised the UK government will launch a consultation on how to prevent women losing their jobs after having children. It follows a call from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee...

Inflammation linked to breast cancer risk

Researchers have identified a link between breast cancer and a protein that causes inflammation. The scientists, from the Hospital Research Foundation (HRF) in Adelaide, Australia, have shown that chronic low-level inflammation drives increased breast density and is associated with a woman’s...

Georgian government approves amendments banning FGM

The Georgian government has approved a package of amendments to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. It will bring Georgia in line with the provisions of the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the...

Young women ‘too embarrassed to attend cervical cancer screening’

More than one-quarter (26.7 per cent) of young women are too embarrassed to attend smear tests, while more than two thirds (70 per cent) don’t think they lower a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer, according to new research. The study, conducted by UK charity Jo’s Cervical...

Techno music ‘may boost fertility treatment’

Techno music may encourage embryos to grow in the mix of chemicals used during fertility treatments, according to scientists. According to the scientists at Russia’s Altravita IVF clinic, playing techno music 24 hours a day to the eggs in test tubes caused more to be fertilised and also...

Some 42% of breast cancer patients experience severe side effects

A new study has revealed that almost half of all women suffering from breast cancer have reported that they have suffered serious side effects from their treatments. According to the researchers, led by the University of Michigan, US, side effects experienced by 42 per cent of breast cancer...

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Multivitamins during pregnancy ‘can boost child’s cognitive abilities’

According to a new study, the children of pregnant women who take multivitamins can end up cognitively advanced by as much as a school year. The study, performed by an international team including the US’ Harvard University and University of California (UC), Davis and the UK’s...

Cervical cancer mortality risk ‘may have been underestimated’

A new study has revealed that previous estimates may have underestimated the risk of death to women suffering from cervical cancer. According to a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, US women's risk of dying from the disease may be...

IVF clinics' success rates ‘may be misleading’

According to a new study, success rates displayed on the majority of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinic websites are potentially misleading because these clinics can “cherry pick” their results. Jack Wilkinson, medical statistician at the University of Manchester, UK, said that a ban...