Gynaecology and Women's Health

Women advised to sleep on side to prevent stillbirth

Women are being advised not to sleep on their backs during the final three months of pregnancy in an effort to prevent stillbirth. According to researchers involved in the Midland and North of England Stillbirth Study (MiNESS), the risk of stillbirth doubles if women fall asleep on their backs in...

PCOS linked to mental health disorders

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders and should therefore be routinely screened for these during medical assessments, according to new research. Researchers from the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at Cardiff University...

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...

Giving birth in winter or spring associated with lower risk of postnatal depression

Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to experience postnatal depression than those who give birth in summer or autumn, according to a new study. The researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, US, also found that other factors influencing the risk of...

Length of incision ‘may affect pain after cesarean delivery’

Both short and long surgical incisions for cesarean section births are associated with increased pain after delivery, according to a new study. The study authors, from the Center for Precision Medicine in Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, US, there said they...

Safety of HPV vaccination in adult women investigated

Researchers at the Statens Serum Institut, in Denmark, have been investigating whether the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is safe in adult women. In their study of more than three million Danish and Swedish women, they found that it was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases. However,...

Warning over sexual health centre closures in London

Experts have warned that many women could see their sexual health suffer as a result of the closure of some clinics in London. Plans to switch from drop-in clinics to an online system based on self-testing have seen the closure of six clinics in the capital this year, a development that has...

Link between intrapartum fever and maternal complications

Scientists have discovered a link between the duration of intrapartum fever and maternal complications. The researchers from Tel Aviv University, Israel, also found that when intrauterine infection is a trigger for the fever, a link between the fever and subsequent neonatal complications exists...

Advances being made in women’s cardiovascular health

Evidence-based advances are improving clinical care in several key areas of cardiovascular health in women, improving the lives of women living with and at risk for heart disease. This is according to a new review, which was carried out by a number of US institutions. The researchers explained that...

International group calls for better access to safe abortion

Almost half (45.1 per cent) of the 55.7 million abortions estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014 were unsafe, according to an international research group co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute, US. They also found that the global proportion...