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Making UHC work for women

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, and preconception health, are fundamental to Universal Health Coverage
Women's health is a human right

Dedicated to women's health and rights

The principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are aligned with FIGO’s vision of a world where all women achieve the highest standards of health throughout their lives...

Fertility and environmental health

An OBGYN's perspective on reproductive and environmental health activism - and how it changed her own outlook...

New hereditary cancer risk tool launched by UK charity

A new tool has been developed by a UK charity to help people identify if their family history puts them at greater risk of developing ovarian and other cancers. Ovarian Cancer Action has created the Hereditary Cancer Risk Tool, which lays out a series of questions regarding a person's family...

Breast milk 'may help to prevent food allergies in children'

Breastfeeding children could be an effective way of helping them to avoid developing food allergies, according to new research. A study led by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found that the unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food...

What Women Want campaign

FIGO are delighted to join the global What Women Want campaign, asking one million women and girls worldwide—from capital cities to rural villages—about their top priority for quality maternal and reproductive health services by the end of 2018...

Young mothers 'at greater risk of hysterectomy and early menopause'

Women who become mothers while they are still adolescents may be at greater risk of experiencing an early menopause or undergoing a hysterectomy. This is according to a new study presented at the World Congress of Menopause in Vancouver, which examined the health histories of 1,047 women from a...

Thyroid issues during pregnancy 'may be linked to gestational diabetes'

Women who experience thyroid dysfunctions in the first half of their pregnancies may be at an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to research. US scientists analysed the medical records of 107 women with gestational diabetes and 214 other pregnant women, finding evidence...

The voice for women's health

Making FIGO’s voice, and that of our member societies, much louder and more relevant at this years World Health Assembly, Geneva...

Plans of action for all women

Marina Padilla de Gil, Regional Advisor for FIGO's Latin America Safe Abortion Project, discusses plans for Phase II of our Abortion Project...

A third of women ‘lose control when eating during pregnancy’

More than one-third of women say they are not in control of the amount of food they eat during pregnancy, according to research by the UK’s University College London (UCL). The study, which more than 11,000 women participated in, found that 36.3 per cent of women reported experiencing a...

Developing guidelines for family planning

FIGO recently completed the third round of dissemination workshops on Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Recommendations for contraceptive use (MEC and SPR), in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

The landslide campaign victory in the Irish referendum paves the way for compassion and care to govern women's reproductive health...