Women's health newsfeed

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Check out our latest stories from throughout our 132 member societies, and related to our global programmes and advocacy work.

Maternal deaths in Africa and Asia 'preventable'

The vast majority of maternal deaths in developing countries are preventable if women receive healthcare before, during and after they give birth, it has been suggested.

Guidance issued over radiation risk to pregnant women

Pregnant women should avoid medical examinations which expose the foetus to high doses of radiation, it has been suggested.

Bacteria presence 'may affect IVF success rate'

The presence of bacteria in follicular fluid (FF) - which surrounds individual eggs in the ovaries – may reduce the success rate of assisted reproductive procedures, researchers say...

Fistula 'affects 2 million in Africa'

Around two million women are currently living with untreated fistulae in sub-Saharan Africa, it has been claimed.

Improved oral hygiene 'could limit pregnancy complications'

A new study has indicated that improved oral hygiene could reduce pregnancy complications and help newborn babies.

UK women seeking smear tests

More women in the UK are seeking advice on their gynaecological health than ever before, it has been claimed.

Hospital ship gives Benin women fistula hope

Obstetric fistula sufferers in Benin are seeking the surgery they need on board a hospital ship operated by an international charity.

Pelvic exercises 'can help with childbirth and recovery'

Women should perform floor exercises to develop strength in the pelvic region, it has been suggested.

Stopping smoking early in pregnancy 'reduces risks'

A new study has indicated that stopping smoking within 15 weeks of becoming pregnant can reduce the risk of giving birth to a premature or small baby.

US Agency 'helps 10,000 fistula sufferers'

Some 10,000 women around the world have received surgery for fistula with United States support since 2005, according to the US Agency for International Development (USAID).