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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...

Low doses of aspirin recommended for women to avoid stroke

Experts have recommended that women aged between 55 and 79 should consider taking a dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of having a stroke. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - a panel of experts that reviews evidence and makes preventative health recommendations -...

Cancer drug 'could hold the key to rejuvenated fertility'

A drug used to treat cancer could reportedly hold the key to rejuvenated fertility in women, after it was apparently found to 'revive' ovaries. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, were looking at the effects of chemotherapy on ovarian tissue in a group of women aged between...

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...

Kenyan girls ‘to stay at school to avoid FGM over holidays’

It has been reported that hundreds of girls in Kenya will spend the holiday season in schools instead of going home to avoid being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) by their parents. BBC News has revealed that although many schools should have closed over a month ago, they have remained...

IUDs and implants ‘least likely to cause stroke in diabetic women’

New research has shown that strokes and heart attacks are rare for diabetic women who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. The study - by the University of California (UC), Davis, US - is one of the first to evaluate hormonal...

New test could detect ovarian cancer patients’ response to treatment

Scientists might be able to quickly predict how ovarian cancer patients are likely to respond to chemotherapy treatment using a blood test, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study. In the study of 40 patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the researchers monitored the DNA from...

West African communities pledge to end FGM

More than 300 communities in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania have said they are no longer blighted by female genital mutilation (FGM). Senegal-based campaign group Tostan said that the communities declared during public ceremonies that they would no longer practise FGM. ? Tostan...

FDA approves ovarian cancer drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat ovarian cancer. It is called Rubraca and has been approved for women with advanced ovarian cancer who have already had two or more rounds of chemotherapy and whose tumours have a specific mutation - deleterious BRCA - as...

MRI scan during pregnancy ‘can improve detection of abnormalities’

An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect foetal abnormalities for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research by scientists at the University of Sheffield, UK. The study involved 570 women whose mid-pregnancy...

Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The December 2016 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here.