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FIGO recruiting to three new positions!

FIGO is currently recruiting to three roles: Director of Finance and Information Technology ; Director of Communications, Advocacy and Publications; and Membership Services Manager . Please access this link for full details.

April 2018 - Upcoming FIGO Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa!

FIGO is holding a Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa from 11-13 April 2018. Please click here for full details.

Latest issue of PPIUD Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Post-Partum IUD Initiative Newsletter is now available online !

Body shame ‘stopping young women attending cervical cancer screening’

Young women are too embarrassed to attend smear tests because of their body shape, the appearance of their genitals and concerns over smelling “normally”, according to a new survey by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, UK. The survey of women aged between 25 and 35 found that 35 per cent...

Zika virus found to damage placenta

New research has suggested the Zika virus damages a pregnant woman’s placenta, an organ inside a woman's uterus that helps protect and care for a growing baby. The virus has been proven to cause babies to be born with microcephaly - unusually small heads due to underdeveloped brains. New...

Two new breast cancer genes discovered

Researchers have discovered two new breast cancer genes, which approximately double a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 60. The genes - MSH6 and PMS2 - were discovered by researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, US...

Population screening for breast and ovarian cancer mutations ‘is cost-effective’

Screening the entire population for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations, not just those at high-risk of carrying the mutation, is cost-effective and could prevent more cancers. This is according to research carried out by the Barts Cancer Institute at Queen Mary University of London and Barts...

Breastfeeding ‘reduces women’s risk of type 2 diabetes’

Breastfeeding for six months or longer cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost half for women throughout their childbearing years, according to research by Kaiser Permanente, UK. According to the research, women who breastfed for six months or more across all births saw a 47 per cent...

Hormonal breast cancer therapy linked to chronic disease

Women who have received hormonal therapy for breast cancer face a higher risk of developing chronic conditions in later life, according to new research. Led by the University of South Australia (UniSA), the study found that breast cancer survivors who had received hormonal cancer treatment...

BRCA gene does not alter breast cancer survival rates

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer who carry a BRCA mutation have the same chances of survival as women without the mutation after undergoing treatment. This is the finding of a prospective cohort study led by the University of Southampton, UK. BRCA mutations occur in either the BRCA1 or...

Hormone therapy ‘effective at preventing depressive symptoms at menopause’

Hormone therapy has been found to be effective at preventing the onset of depressive symptoms among women without depression at perimenopause - the transition to menopause - and early postmenopause. According to research conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US, the risk of...

Fresh and frozen embryos ‘offer similar success rates in IVF’

For women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), using either fresh or frozen embryos will deliver similar success rates for most, according to an international team of researchers. Researchers compared the live birth rates of IVF procedures among women who were struggling with infertility but...

Paracetamol during pregnancy linked to language delay in daughters

A link between the use of paracetamol during pregnancy and an elevated rate of language delay in daughters at the age of 30 months has been discovered. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, US, said theirs is the first study to examine language development in relation to...