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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 FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter online!

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online !

FIGO supports World Prematurity Day 2017

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to highlight World Prematurity Day 2017 (17 November 2017). Please click here to view the statement.

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...

Researchers discover clue in miscarriage mystery

The major structures of a baby's heart form in just four days, according to new research conducted by the Universities of Leeds, Durham and Edinburgh, UK. According to the research, identifying the precise time when this forming takes place could allow doctors to eventually be able to monitor...

Potential Zika vaccine protects against pregnancy transmission

A potential Zika vaccine could protect foetuses against infection, according to research conducted by a collaborative team led by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, US. The findings have been published in Nature Communications. Although Zika infection typically results in...

RCOG lends support to decriminalisation of abortion

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has voted in favour of supporting the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. Announcing its decision, the RCOG said its members believe the procedure should be subject to regulatory and professional standards...

'Women’s access to contraception at risk' - FIGO supports World Contraception Day 2017

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on World Contraception Day 2017. Please click here to view the statement.

Abdominal fat ‘is a cancer driver for postmenopausal women’

Body fat distribution is more important than body weight when it comes to cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to new research. It was found that the ratio of abdominal fat to peripheral fat was a significant independent predictor of cancer diagnosis up to 12 years. Study investigator...

Women ‘not receiving warnings about epilepsy drug in pregnancy’

Up to 70 per cent of women surveyed about a drug treating epilepsy have not been made aware of new warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has revealed. Women taking sodium valproate, which is known as Epilim, face a ten per cent risk of physical abnormalities in their...

Smoking ‘negatively affects breast cancer survival rates’

Smoking can negatively affect long-term survival chances after breast cancer, according to a new study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), US. The study was intended to examine whether smoking at the time of diagnosis and changes in smoking within five years after...

Freezing eggs ‘does not have to delay chemotherapy’

Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to freeze their eggs and embryos before tumour treatment causes infertility will be able to do so without delaying the start of necessary chemotherapy, a new study has suggested. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco,...

Exercise linked to increased cognitive function in breast cancer survivors

An increase in physical activity could more than double mental processing speed in women who have survived breast cancer, according to new research conducted by the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, US. It is currently estimated that up to 75 per cent of breast cancer...