Focusing on Women's Health from Puberty to Menopause.

Editorial

Sunday, 04 September 2011
Compared to men, women report pain that is more frequent, severe and longer lasting. Women are also more likely to experience multiple pain conditions, increasing their risk for the onset of new pain disorders. But studies show that men are more likely to receive effective treatment. Women would benefit particularly if more multidisciplinary pain clinics were established in primary care.
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Sunday, 04 September 2011
Half of women with a hip fracture have already suffered a fragility fracture that went untreated. If these women had received secondary prevention, their future risk would have been reduced. The need to improve patient care, and the potential cost savings, form the rationale for a local multidisciplinary fracture prevention pathway.
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Sunday, 04 September 2011
Last year was momentous for the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. We held two very successful meetings, and announced the first winner of our Best Practice Award. This year we aim to ensure that the Forum continues to flourish, so that we can support our members in working together to improve standards in women’s health in primary care.
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Sunday, 04 September 2011
Many women will describe feeling ‘premenstrual’ at certain times of the month. Lay women often describe this as ‘PMS’ (premenstrual syndrome) and around 75% probably experience it. For 3-6% of women, however, symptoms are so severe during the premenstrual phase that daily activities like working, exercising and socialising become impossible. These symptoms are more correctly described as ‘premenstrual dysphoric disorder’. But ‘severe PMS’ is also often used, and this is when women seek professional help from their GP or practice nurse.
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Thursday, 01 September 2011
Miscarriage is common, accounting for 75% of all gynaecological emergencies and about 50,000 hospital admissions each year in the UK. Although secondary care is usually responsible for immediate management, there is often no follow-up. So GPs and practice nurses have an important role in offering support and explanation to women and their partners.
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Thursday, 01 September 2011
Now that we have the details of the Spending Review, we know that times are going to be tough. So this might not appear to be the best time to be taking on extra work. But this is exactly the prescription for GPs from the King’s Fund. A research paper argues that as well as providing general health care, GPs should become more involved in maternity care, from before conception to after the birth.
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Thursday, 01 September 2011
Over 280,000 etonorgestrel (ENG) contraceptive implants (Nexplanon) are fitted in the UK each year. Continuation rates are good at 55% at two years. But almost one third of women who do discontinue the implant cite ‘bleeding problems’ as the reason. Healthcare professionals are often unsure what to do when faced with unscheduled bleeding, but help is at hand.
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Thursday, 01 September 2011
Vulval skin diseases are common after the menopause, but women can often be too embarrassed to seek medical help. This can result in much discomfort and morbidity and, more worryingly, progression to malignancy. However, women can be reassured that treatment is usually simple, well tolerated and highly effective.
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