Women's Health

Patients’ values ‘affect attendance for pelvic floor dysfunction treatment’

The types of life values held by patients affect their medical treatment attendance for pelvic floor dysfunction, says new research. According to scientists from the University of Swansea, UK, the condition is common, affecting over 25 per cent of all women in the UK. It involves incontinence and...

MHRA warns against HIV home-testing kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned that people should not use the HIV/Aids Home Test Kit as it could be giving users unreliable results. According to the BBC, the medicines regulator has seized 114 of the kits from two suppliers in the UK and advises anyone...

PrEP variation ‘safe and well-tolerated in women’

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) regimens containing the antiretroviral drug maraviroc have been found to be safe and well-tolerated in women at risk of HIV infection. This is compared with mtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, sold by the brand name Truvada, according to results from a phase...

Standard UTI testing 'doesn't diagnose all cases of infection'

Women who are suffering from pain when going to the toilet or who constantly feel they need to urinate are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI), even if tests come back negative for bacterial infection. Around a quarter of UTI cases do not show up when using standard testing, meaning...

Gene discovery could lead to chlamydia cure

Researchers have discovered genes that can affect how the immune system reacts to infections, which they believe could lead to development of a cure for chlamydia. The sexually transmitted disease (STD) is one of the most common in Britain and usually does not present symptoms in the early stages...

Vaginal bacteria could be responsible for recurrent UTIs

A vaginal bacteria could trigger recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) among women, scientists have found. The discovery could point to why sexual activity can trigger UTIs. The bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis can make dormant E. coli left from a previous infection to start multiplying again,...

Period syncing myth debunked

Menstrual cycles do not actually sync up between women who spend a lot of time together, new research has found. Despite the fact that no scientific studies have been able to prove the theory that those with uteruses can experience synced cycles, the idea has become almost fact. However, a new...

UK women seeing GP 10 times before common gynaecological diagnoses

Women aren't being diagnosed with common gynaecological complaints in the UK fast enough, according to new findings. Almost half of women (40 per cent) have to see their GP ten times before being given a diagnosis, with many doctors telling patients that their symptoms are 'in their head...

Misunderstanding surrounding periods is still rife in UK

Almost half (44 per cent) of girls don't understand what's happening when they get their first period, a new report has found. The Independent reports that there is a lot of misunderstanding around periods and menstrual health in the UK, with many girls and young women unaware of what is...

UNAIDS: Urgent need to increase HIV prevention in women

To mark International Women’s Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has released a report showing that there is an urgent need to increase HIV prevention and treatment services for women and girls around the world. The report, titled ‘When women lead, change...