Women's Health

Respecting women's human rights

Stephen Munjanja, member of FIGO's Women's Health and Human Rights committee, explains how their recent plans will be of particular benefit to Zimbabwe...

Dressing wounds and restoring dignity

On World Refugee Day, FIGO hears from surgeon Dr. Sayeba Akhter, Bangladesh, ahead of her session at FIGO World Congress 2018 .

Free sanitary product scheme to be extended across Scotland

A scheme that provides women with access to free sanitary products is set to be expanded across Scotland, following a successful pilot in Aberdeen. The Scottish government has confirmed that it will be working to provide the charity FareShare with more than £500,000 in funding to help the...

Vitamin D deficiency 'may increase risk of miscarriage'

Women who have experienced a previous pregnancy loss may be at a greater risk of miscarrying again if they do not consume enough vitamin D. This is according to a new study from the US National Institutes of Health, which has emphasised the importance of maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D...

Challenges of menstrual hygiene management in emergencies revealed

A lack of effective, coordinated approaches for assisting vulnerable women to manage their menstruation with dignity in challenging settings around the world remains. This is according to new research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. They also found that the...

Female tracking feature launched by Smartwatch

Smartwatch has launched a new female tracking feature, which has been predicted to be more useful and effective than the first generation of Fitbit devices. It is built into its latest generation of Fitbit watches, such as the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa. The new product will include features...

Up to 50% of women neglecting their own health

Nearly half of women neglect their own health, as they don’t have the time they need to focus on it, according to a new study from GCI Health, HealthyWomen, and Redbook magazine in the US. In the survey, more than 1,000 women between the ages of 30 and 60 were asked about their own health...

Polycystic ovaries linked to double liver disease risk

Women with polycystic ovaries have been found to have a two-fold risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in a new study. The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Birmingham in the UK and was linked to the increased male hormones that are associated with the condition...

More women with heavy menstrual bleeding ‘should be offered test’

More women with heavy menstrual bleeding should be offered a hysteroscopy to discover the cause, according to new guidance from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The decision could see 10,000 more women in England given the test. Heavy bleeding can...

Insight into menstrual bleeding ‘could lead to new treatments’

Scientists have uncovered a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding, which could offer hope for women living with the condition. The researchers from the University of Edinburgh, UK, said they identified a key protein that could explain heavy bleeding as well as pave the way for new treatments that avoid...