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  1. News Article
    In September, Shine Lawyers won a $300 million settlement in two class actions over the failed mesh products by Johnson & Johnson Medical and Ethicon. However, the law firm is proposing to take up to $99.5 million from the payout in costs, just under a third of the total sum. Of 11,000 women involved in the class action, Janelle Gale is one of 200 who is not happy with Shine Lawyers' compensation proposal. Representatives of the group said there was mass confusion over what compensation they might be eligible for and how many hoops they would have to jump through to receive a payment.
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    Poorer women in Britain have some of the highest death rates from cancer in Europe, an in-depth new World Health Organization study has found. They are much more likely to die from the disease compared with better-off women in the UK and women in poverty in many other European countries. Women in the UK from deprived backgrounds are particularly at risk of dying from cancer of the lungs, liver, bladder and oesophagus (foodpipe), according to the research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s specialist cancer body. IARC experts led by Dr Salvatore
  3. News Article
    Menopausal women working in NHS England will be able to work flexibly should they need to under new guidance. Launching the first national NHS guidance on menopause, the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, has called on other employers to follow suit to help “break the stigma”. She said many employees were “silently suffering” and were either too embarrassed to broach the subject or experience a “lack of support” when they did. No one should feel their only option is to “turn their back on their career” over menopausal symptoms, she added. “It’s our responsibility as
  4. News Article
    Contrary to current advice, getting pregnant within a few months of an abortion or a miscarriage does not appear to be extra risky for the mum and baby, say researchers who have looked at recent real-life data. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends at least a six-month gap to give the woman time to recover. However, a study in PLoS Medicine, analysing 72,000 conceptions, suggests couples might safely try sooner for a baby. The baby loss support charity Tommy's says women who feel ready to try again immediately after a miscarriage should do so if there is no medical reas
  5. News Article
    A US Senate investigation into allegations that unwanted medical procedures were performed on detained female immigrants in Georgia has uncovered “a catastrophic failure by the federal government” to protect the detainees. A Senate hearing on Tuesday by the bipartisan permanent subcommittee on investigations (PSI), chaired by the Georgia senator Jon Ossoff, announced its findings on conditions and practices at the Irwin county detention center (ICDC). The ICDC, located in Ocilla, Georgia, housed detainees who shared accounts of poor treatment including gynaecological procedures that
  6. News Article
    Doctors have warned of "unsafe" maternity services at a Sussex hospital in emails seen by the BBC. In the email chain between senior staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, consultants wrote of "compromises" to patient care. One doctor said during a birth "we were one step away from a potential disaster". One senior doctor wrote in the exchange that "increasing workforce issues" had contributed to making the situation in the maternity unit "almost unmanageable at times". They added: "We are making compromises to patient care every day as a result." Another wr
  7. News Article
    Far too many women were rushed into mesh sling surgery for stress incontinence after birth when pelvic floor physiotherapy could have fixed or eased the problem. In France, women are offered pelvic floor physiotherapy after childbirth as standard. A recent question to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care asked what assessment the Department has made of the potential benefits of offering new mothers pelvic floor physiotherapy. This question was answered on 15 November 2022: "The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidance recognises that physiot
  8. Content Article
    91% of female doctors have experienced sexism at work, according to a survey published by the BMA in August 2021. 56% of female respondents have experienced unwanted verbal conduct and 31% have experienced unwanted physical conduct.[1] These numbers prove that there is a culture of sexism and misogyny within healthcare. To clarify those terms, sexism is defined as prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination based upon an individual’s sex, whereas misogyny has a more sinister edge, defined as a dislike of, contempt for or ingrained prejudice against women.[2] It is important to highlight the
  9. Content Article
    The study found that duration of surgery and epidural drug used were both significant risk factors of breakthrough pain during CS in this audit. A pro-active policy is required in order to prevent breakthrough pain or discomfort during CS. Early identification of problematic epidural catheters for labour analgesia, adequate level of anaesthetic block before surgery, and administration of a prophylactic epidural top-up if duration of surgery is prolonged as opposed to the choice of local anaesthetic used, could be essential in the prevention. Further high-quality studies are needed to evaluate
  10. News Article
    A new report has highlighted for the first time an apparent rise in the suicide rate for pregnant or newly postpartum women in 2020, citing disruption to NHS services due to Covid-19 as a likely cause. According to the review of maternal deaths by MBRRACE-UK, 1.5 women per 100,000 who gave birth died by suicide during pregnancy or in the six weeks following the end of pregnancy in 2020, which is three times the rate of 0.46 per 100,000 between 2017 and 2019. The number of deaths by suicide within six weeks of pregnancy in 2020 was numerically small – 10 women – but this was the same
  11. Content Article
    The report's key findings show that: 229 women died during or up to six weeks after the end of their pregnancies in 2018 – 2020 from pregnancy-specific causes or conditions made worse by pregnancy, an increase of 24% compared to 2017-2019.Taking into account their surviving babies and previous children, 366 motherless children remain. Of the 229 women who died during or up six weeks after the end of their pregnancies, nine women died from COVID-19. Of those nine women, five were Asian women and three were Black women. Changes to maternity services and pressures because of the pan
  12. News Article
    The only two female ambulance chief executives in the country have said there is something ‘deeply wrong’ with the culture in ambulance services. Helen Ray, the chief executive of the North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, said women working in the ambulance service “accept [inappropriate] banter, they accept sexualised behaviour from their male colleagues, and from patients, and they think it is okay”. She stressed “it is absolutely not [okay]” and said women must be given “safe spaces for talking and speaking up about that”. “There is something deeply wrong with the cu
  13. News Article
    Abortion access is a “fundamental” part of women’s healthcare the government’s women’s health ambassador has warned. Dame Lesley Regan, who was appointed as Women’s Health Ambassador by the Government in July, has said in answer to questions from The Independent about the voting records of ministers: “I think it’s really important that we never ever get complacent about freedom of choice. “Now what my view is about whether abortion is good or bad is really irrelevant. My job is to tell the Prime Minister if he’ll listen and the Secretary of State that it [abortion] is an absolutely f
  14. Content Article
    7 November 2022 Dear Minister WOMEN’S ENDOSCOPY - HYSTEROSCOPY We are writing in support of the patient-led Hysteroscopy Action – also known as the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy - to ask you to urgently commission more day-surgery theatre space and set up safely monitored IV sedation with analgesia for women’s endoscopy (hysteroscopy). Our call comes following research by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists showing 1 in 3 women having outpatient hysteroscopy experience severe pain. Lack of NHS day-surgery theatre space & sedation service
  15. Content Article
    View an up-to-date spreadsheet of responses to the campaign’s ‘Dissatisfaction Survey’ so far. These are women’s lived experiences of horrendous outpatient hysteroscopy procedures have been shared with the Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy Survey.
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    PP mesh has been widely used in surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and transvaginal or transabdominal prolapse since the 1990s,[1] and hernia repair since the 1950s.[2] In spite of this long history, there is a surprising lack of research into the link between surgical mesh and autoimmune conditions. Among the many complications reported by women who have had vaginal mesh surgery, autoimmune symptoms feature high on the list. One member of the Sling the Mesh Facebook group was recently looking for answers about her own autoimmune symptoms when she came across a Medical device m
  17. Content Article
    Key findings Local host responses to polypropylene (PP) used in surgical mesh included pain, foreign body sensation, seroma and haematoma. When PP mesh was used in other surgeries (female stress urinary incontinence mesh or mini-sling, transvaginal or transabdominal prolapse mesh), the primary local responses were erosion/exposure followed by dyspareunia and pain. Studies reported these complications from immediately post surgery to five years post surgery. Evidence suggested that lightweight PP mesh was less likely than heavier weight PP mesh to cause pain or foreign body sensati