Adolescent Health

FIGO 2018 through the SDGs lens

“Don’t underestimate your power, and be persistent” Lesley Regan reminded the audience attending FIGO World Congress in Rio last week...

The Power of Providers

Invest in girls and women. Break down the silos. You have the power – so use your voice...

Adolescent health and development

Teenage marriage and adolescent pregnancy can have an adverse effect on girls' health and development...

Empowering Africa's young women

Investments made today in youth will determine the development trajectory of Africa over the next 50 years.

Young mothers 'at greater risk of hysterectomy and early menopause'

Women who become mothers while they are still adolescents may be at greater risk of experiencing an early menopause or undergoing a hysterectomy. This is according to a new study presented at the World Congress of Menopause in Vancouver, which examined the health histories of 1,047 women from a...

Teenage girls who diet 'more likely to take risks with their health'

Teenage girls who diet to lose weight are more likely than others to make decisions that potentially compromise their health. This is according to a new study from the University of Waterloo, which has suggested that the instinct to diet may be driven by underlying impulses that are not necessarily...

Tanzania commences youth cervical cancer vaccination programme

The government of Tanzania has begin a programme of vaccination against cervical cancer for girls as young as nine. Over 600,000 girls aged between nine and 14 are receiving the jabs in order to protect them against developing the disease at an early age. Cervical cancer is the focus of government...

Adolescents 'want to know more about fertility'

Teenagers do not know enough about fertility but would be eager to learn more, an expert has stated. According to Professor Adam Balen, chair of the British Fertility Society's Fertility Education Initiative, sex education has typically focused on avoiding sexually transmitted infections and...

Teen childbirth associated with greater risk of heart disease

Women who first give birth during their teenage years are significantly more likely than older mothers to experience greater risks of heart and blood vessel disease later in life, according to new multi-institution research. Researchers found that women who first gave birth before the age of 20...

Study: Abstinence until marriage programmes ‘a failure’

Abstinence until marriage programmes and policies in the US are ineffective as they do not delay sexual initiation or reduce sexual risk behaviours, according to a new study by the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, US. These policies also violate adolescent human rights,...