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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...

Study: Women more likely to be exposed to indoor air pollution

New research has shown that in countries where gender inequalities are most pronounced, women are far more likely to be exposed to solid fuel - including burning from wood, crop wastes, charcoal and dung - and the negative consequences that result from them. Kelly Austin, a sociologist at Lehigh...

Over half of men 'don't benefit from women's contraception'

More than half of men say they don't benefit from women having access to free contraception, according to a new study. Some 52 per cent of men believe that a woman's access to free birth control does not personally benefit them, with men over 60 being most likely to give this answer. The...

BRCA testing for those without breast or ovarian cancers rises

More women are requesting BRCA gene testing associated with certain types of cancer thanks to increased interest in the procedure, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, US. The researchers said that women tested for mutations in the cancer-...

Misunderstanding surrounding periods is still rife in UK

Almost half (44 per cent) of girls don't understand what's happening when they get their first period, a new report has found. The Independent reports that there is a lot of misunderstanding around periods and menstrual health in the UK, with many girls and young women unaware of what is...

UK women seeing GP 10 times before common gynaecological diagnoses

Women aren't being diagnosed with common gynaecological complaints in the UK fast enough, according to new findings. Almost half of women (40 per cent) have to see their GP ten times before being given a diagnosis, with many doctors telling patients that their symptoms are 'in their head...

Women who took contraceptive pill ‘protected from some cancers’

Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some forms of cancer for up to 30 years, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen, UK. The research found women who have ever used the pill are less likely to have colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer...

First three-person baby licence granted

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) has awarded the first licence to create babies from three people to a clinic in Newcastle, UK. According to staff at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, it was a “momentous day”. They said that the first baby born from this method will...

More IV fluids could ‘shorten labour and reduce C-sections’

A higher rate of IV fluids provided to women in labour can reduce the number of caesarean sections as well as shorten the length of labour by an hour, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, US. Dr Vincenzo Berghella, professor in the Department of...

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This March will see women around the UK celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign has already seen MPs, celebrities, health professionals and women who have been affected by cancer get together at the House of Commons. According to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, a woman who is...

HRT linked to lower risk of death

A new study by investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California, US, has suggested that women who use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopause symptoms face a lower risk of death as well as showing lower levels of atherosclerosis - which is plaque build-up in the arteries of the...