Focusing on Women's Health from Puberty to Menopause.

Thursday, 09 August 2012
Increasing numbers of healthy women are asking their GPs to refer them for labial reduction. This does not just have potentially important cost implications for service commissioners. There are also considerable ethical issues for GPs to consider before referring women for this form of female genital cosmetic surgery.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
At least a quarter of couples experience a period of infertility lasting over one year at some point in their reproductive lives, and around one in six couples sees an infertility specialist.1 Undergoing fertility treatment is emotionally distressing, and support can take the form of counselling and targeted interventions offered by fertility services, or patient support groups.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
In these uncertain times for contraception and sexual health services, the voice of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum is becoming ever more important. We have been very active in formulating our latest plans, so that we can respond to our members’ concerns and ensure that we protect services for women.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
As obesity rates continue to soar in women of reproductive age, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an increasingly important and prevalent problem. Appropriate recognition and careful management of GDM are essential. This will not only improve the outcomes of pregnancy, but may also have a beneficial effect on a woman’s lifelong risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
A heartfelt, if belated, welcome to 2012. It can be difficult to feel positive at this time of year. The Christmas and New Year celebrations are well in the past, the waiting room is full of patients with coughs and colds, and it can seem a long time until summer. The next few months are likely to seem especially depressing this year given the gloomy economic outlook, but there is still a lot to look forward to in 2012.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS; Mirena) was first licensed in the UK for contraception in 1995. But it soon became evident that it had other clinical advantages and the LNG-IUS is now also available for the prevention of endometrial hyperplasia in women who are taking oestrogen as part of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
Over the last 30 years, there has been a threefold increase in the number of cancer survivors. As a result more women are living with the long-term side-effects of their treatment. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms after pelvic radiotherapy are especially important, as they are common and impair quality of life. Since patients are likely to present in primary care, GPs and practice nurses can help to ensure appropriate initial management and referral.
Category: Editorial
Thursday, 09 August 2012
Category: Back to Basics
Thursday, 09 August 2012
Traditionally, older women and men have not been seen as being at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and have not been considered by policy makers. But infection rates are rising at a time of NHS changes, including the proposed transfer of responsibility for sexual health promotion to local authorities. Significant new resources are unlikely, so we need to think creatively about how to respond to this worrying trend.
Category: Editorial

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