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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

Women who took contraceptive pill ‘protected from some cancers’

Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some forms of cancer for up to 30 years, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen, UK. The research found women who have ever used the pill are less likely to have colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer...

First three-person baby licence granted

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) has awarded the first licence to create babies from three people to a clinic in Newcastle, UK. According to staff at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, it was a “momentous day”. They said that the first baby born from this method will...

More IV fluids could ‘shorten labour and reduce C-sections’

A higher rate of IV fluids provided to women in labour can reduce the number of caesarean sections as well as shorten the length of labour by an hour, according to a new study by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, US. Dr Vincenzo Berghella, professor in the Department of...

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This March will see women around the UK celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign has already seen MPs, celebrities, health professionals and women who have been affected by cancer get together at the House of Commons. According to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, a woman who is...

HRT linked to lower risk of death

A new study by investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California, US, has suggested that women who use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopause symptoms face a lower risk of death as well as showing lower levels of atherosclerosis - which is plaque build-up in the arteries of the...

Communication ‘key to managing menopause’

New research has found that women frequently use alternative treatments to manage their menopause symptoms but often do not inform their doctors about them. The study has been performed by University of Delaware, US, anthropology student Dunia Tonob and associate professor of anthropology Melissa...

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...

Biomarker linked to prognosis in aggressive ovarian cancer

Researchers have identified a protein biomarker expressed on the surface of tumour cells in high-grade serous ovarian cancer, which is the most common and lethal subtype of the disease. According to the Canadian scientists, from institutions including the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) and...

Early periods linked to gestational diabetes

The age at which girls start menstruation could raise their risk of diabetes during pregnancy in later life, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, study. UQ School of Public Health researchers said they analysed data from more than 4,700 women who took part in the Australian...

Mediterranean diet could reduce risk of deadly breast cancer

A Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of a severe form of breast cancer by up to 40 per cent, according to a new study. The scientists involved in the study monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years in order to work out how their diets could affect their risk of breast cancer...