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Editorial

Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Over the last 30 years, there has been a trend towards lower parity, older mothers, and a significant rise in the incidence of multiple pregnancies, both spontaneous and induced by assisted reproductive technologies (ART). These developments mean that women receive contradictory information on age-related effects on their ability to conceive. Primary healthcare professionals can play a key role in enabling women to make realistic and informed choices about the risks of deferring childbirth.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
More than one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, with a new diagnosis in the UK made every two minutes. Women’s cancers, such as breast, ovary, cervix and uterus, all appear in the top 15 most commonly occurring cancers. Cancer Help UK is an easy-to-use resource that not only offers general information about cancer, but also provides a guide to specific cancer types.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
What do contraception, fertility and polycystic ovary syndrome, vaginal discharge and female continence have in common? They are all frequent reasons for women to consult us – and they are the major educational topics for discussion at the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (PCWHF) Annual Meeting in November.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) are regarded as a ‘normal’ phenomenon of early pregnancy, and so their impact is under-appreciated and under-researched. The condition can, however, be so serious that women need admission for fluid replacement. GPs and practice nurses looking after women with NVP need to be aware of its potential severity and be willing to offer safe and effective therapy.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
Last time I shared my thoughts with you, I was eagerly anticipating the Department of Health’s sexual health policy document for England. Indeed, since publication was promised for spring 2012, I was worried that my comments might be overtaken by events. But the policy will now appear some time this summer, and I am concerned that the resulting delay and uncertainty mean that there may be little time to ensure that we maintain standards of local contraception and sexual health services.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
The recent publication of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) evidence-based guidance on emergency contraception (EC) was very welcome. However, some practitioners may have found the guidance difficult to interpret and apply in clinical practice. This article presents practical recommendations for implementation of the guidance, based on pragmatic discussions among a consensus expert group of multidisciplinary professionals involved in the management of women requesting EC.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
Chronic pelvic pain presents in general practice at the same rate as asthma and back pain, and is one of the most common reasons for referral to a gynaecologist. Since chronic pelvic pain is a symptom rather than a diagnosis, a thorough history and examination are essential to avoid a sometimes vicious cycle of referrals or investigations that only cause further anxiety for the patient.
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Thursday, 09 August 2012
Increased use of intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs) and implants for regular contraception could significantly reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy. It has, however, proved challenging to promote use of these long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in clinical practice. This article explains how lessons from a successful project in the USA are being used to encourage the uptake of LARCs among women in Hull.
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