Focusing on Women's Health from Puberty to Menopause.

Saturday, 08 June 2013
Gynaecology rapid-access clinics allow prompt assessment by specialists of women with suspected gynaecological malignancy, with the aim of improving cancer outcomes and patient experience, and ultimately reducing mortality. However, the ability of trusts to assess and treat women within specified targets relies on appropriate referral from primary care. Without this, fast-track services become overwhelmed with women who could be assessed by a routine referral, potentially delaying the review of women with suspected malignancy and creating unnecessary patient anxiety.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
The combined hormonal oral contraceptive pill (COC) has been available in the UK for the last 50 years. During this time, the dose of ethinyl estradiol has fallen from 100 mcg to 20-30 mcg, increasing patient acceptability and improving drug safety by reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). At the same time, a number of non-contraceptive health benefits have emerged in association with combined hormonal contraception (CHC).
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
Formulations have evolved considerably since the combined oral contraceptive pill (COC) became available more than 50 years ago. Understanding the sex-steroid hormones in currently available COCs is essential, as it helps to indicate the combination with the greatest potential benefit for each woman. In this new article, Dr Paula Briggs goes back to the basic structure of the COC to explain how to choose the right pill for the right woman at the right time.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
Most overweight/obese pregnant women gain more weight than they should during pregnancy, which can lead to adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes.  This study evaluated the Maternal Lighten Up service, in which obese pregnant women are referred by their midwives to a choice of several weight-management programmes. Weight is measured at the start and self-reported at the end of pregnancy.  Of women referred, only 36% started a programme.  The Health Trainers programme was most popular and most frequently attended, followed by Slimming World.  Participants attending Slimming World and  dietetic programmes were less likely to exceed Institute of Medicine guidance on weight gain during pregnancy, but these data are based on low follow-up rates of weight at the end of pregnancy. This study provides insight into the preferences and behaviour of obese pregnant women referred to different weight management programmes, and the findings may contribute towards shaping future maternal obesity weight management services.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
Category: Back to Basics
Saturday, 08 June 2013
More couples are now starting their families later in life, a social trend that coincides with a rise in the number of people requesting referral for treatment of subfertility. In response, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its fertility guidelines to enable more patients to receive timely, appropriate and successful treatment.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
In the UK, more women die from lung cancer than any other cancer, including breast cancer. Smoking is by far the commonest cause, and lung cancer rates are continuing to rise in women who started to smoke in the 1960s. It is never too late for anyone to give up smoking, even after a diagnosis with lung cancer, when early intervention may result in cure or significantly prolong life.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
Open to any health or scientific professional working in sexual health, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) aims to be the lead professional organisation for sexual health medicine in the UK. By setting standards, offering guidelines and providing education, BASHH encourages health professionals to work together to improve clinical competence and to maintain high standards of care.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection, especially among young adults. It may be associated with complications, notably in pregnant women, but it is not usually life-threatening. However, the diagnosis continues to attract stigma, and patients need reassurance and support as well as effective treatment.
Category: Editorial
Saturday, 08 June 2013
One of the great by-products emerging from the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (PCWHF) is connectivity. Our members are becoming more aware of local initiatives in other parts of the country, and are connecting with and learning from other clinicians to share best practice in women’s healthcare.
Category: Editorial

Article search and filter