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  1. News Article
    The UK response to the removal of the constitutional right to abortion in the US has been one of anger, sadness, and disbelief. The US Supreme Court has voted to overturn the 1973 case of Roe vs Wade, so in effect revoking the constitutional right to abortion that American women have had since the landmark decision. It means the 50 individual US states will be able to set their own abortion laws. Half are expected to ban abortions, some already have, and already clinics across the US have been closing down. The ruling has been widely condemned by the UK’s healthcare organisations, in
  2. News Article
    Reproductive health doctors are reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, the 1973 case that allowed people to seek abortions with limited government intervention. On Friday, Justice Samuel Alito delivered his opinion on the case Dobbs vs Jackson Women's Health, saying he favoured the state of Mississippi in the case. Now, Roe vs Wade, which allowed abortion until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, is overruled, and individual states have the power to decide their residents' abortion rights. OBGYNs who provide abortion care and family-planning services told Insider
  3. News Article
    The effects of the Supreme Court's proposed overrule of Roe vs Wade will touch health systems nationwide — leading some clinicians to urge industry leaders to start preparing for potential fallout prior to the decision. "Health systems that view abortion exclusively as a political or partisan issue, perhaps one they'd like to avoid, will soon bear witness to the reality that abortion care, or lack thereof, is a healthcare and health equity issue," Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, wrote in a 11 May for The New England Journal of Medicine. "Avoiding the issue will not be possible, short of abandoning
  4. Community Post
    The comments below were all shared by members of Sling the Mesh and other mesh Facebook support groups in response to a call for the worst things that have been said to patients on their mesh journey. If you have had mesh surgery, please add your accounts of interactions with doctors and other healthcare professionals in this thread. Transvaginal mesh Hubby said "It’s really painful for her when we have sex." Dr replied, "Have you tried anal?" and then winked at my hubby. I thought my husband was going to punch the surgeon. My surgeon emailed me to attend mental well being t
  5. News Article
    Women including refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented migrants are being charged as much as £14,000 to give birth on the NHS in England, a report by Doctors of the World (DOTW) has found. The report, which examined inequalities in maternity care among migrant pregnant women and babies, gathered the experiences of 257 pregnant women accessing DOTW’s services from 2017 to 2021. It found that over a third (38%) who accessed its services had been charged for healthcare, often inappropriately. The women were charged £296 to £14 000, and half of them were billed over £7000. The report
  6. Content Article
    The key findings of the report included that: A very small proportion of women had been taking folic acid before conception compared to the national average. The vast majority women in the cohort (81%) had their first antenatal care appointment beyond the recommended 10 weeks of pregnancy. More than four in ten (45%) of the women did not have any antenatal care until after 16 weeks of pregnancy, compared to just one in ten women nationally. Within this group more than four in ten women with undocumented, uncertain, refugee or asylum seeker status (45%) and six in ten women
  7. Content Article
    Puberty, birth control and cramps I grew up in Trinidad, in the Caribbean in a very Christian household, and attended religious primary and secondary schools. Sexual and reproductive health was discussed in a functional way in biology class. While we were taught about birth control methods (condoms, IUDs, etc), we were expected to follow the abstinence only path. The shame and stigma around premarital sex meant that a lot of incorrect information was passed from girl to girl. I was one of the lucky ones – my parents provided books, encyclopaedias and, no idea why or how we had them, m
  8. Content Article
    If you have had vaginal mesh surgery as an NHS patient in England and have suffered any of the above symptoms/problems, you may be able to make a claim against the NHS. In addition to side effects, you may be able to claim for implants that were not inserted correctly and/or on the basis that you were given the wrong information or advice. On the NHS Resolution website you can find more information on making a claim and details of organisations which can help you find a medical negligence solicitor who can guide you through the process and let you know if you have a valid claim.
  9. News Article
    Women continue to file vaginal mesh lawsuits against Boston Scientific and other manufacturers, years after most products were removed from the market due to an alarming number of complications and health risks associated with the designs. In a complaint (PDF) filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Tanya Davis indicates that problems with Boston Scientific Obtryx II mesh placed in her body only four years ago has left her with severe injuries, including pelvic pain and dyspareunia, abdominal pain, urinary problems, prolapse and incontinence. The
  10. News Article
    Thousands of women in England with mental health problems are being given electric shock treatment despite concerns the therapy can cause irreparable brain damage. NHS data seen by The Independent reveals the scale of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) prescribed disproportionately to women, who make up two-thirds of patients receiving the treatment. Health professionals have warned the therapy can cause brain damage so severe recipients are unable to recognise family and friends or do basic maths. While some patients say the therapy profoundly helped them, leading mental charities
  11. News Article
    An epilepsy drug that caused disabilities in thousands of babies after being prescribed to pregnant women could be more dangerous than previously thought. Sodium valproate could be triggering genetic changes that mean disabilities are being passed on to second and even third generations, according to the UK’s medicines regulator. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has also raised concerns that the drug can affect male sperm and fertility, and may be linked to miscarriages and stillbirths. Ministers are already under pressure after it emerged in April
  12. Content Article
    Key points Research conducted by public bodies has shown that COVID-19 has had a greater impact, both directly and indirectly, on people who share certain protected characteristics (such as belonging to particular ethnicities or age categories, having a disability, or being women or from the LGBTQ+ community). Health and care services have a major role to play in both identifying the extent of these impacts as well as working together to reduce them. This report showcases examples of health and care systems across the country devising innovative approaches to mitigate the direct e
  13. News Article
    England's first women's health ambassador is calling for "one-stop shops" where women can sort out their health needs. Dame Lesley Regan, also a practising doctor, wants to make it easier for women and girls to access care such as contraception and smear tests in the community. Her new role aims to close the "gender health gap". She will also support the upcoming government-led women's-health strategy. "At the moment, we waste a lot of resource in telling girls and women that they cannot have things," she told BBC News. "So you might go off to your doctor or gynaecologist o
  14. News Article
    Doctors have hit back at critics saying they are failing menopausal women, and said that treating menopause as a hormone deficiency that requires medical treatment could fuel negative expectations and make matters worse. Writing in the British Medical Journal they said there was an urgent need for a more realistic and balanced narrative which actively challenges the idea that menopause is synonymous with an inevitable decline in women’s health and wellbeing, and called for continued efforts to improve awareness about the symptoms and how to deal with them. “Menopause is a natural eve
  15. News Article
    Women are wasting their time and money buying do-at-home menopause testing kits, doctors have warned. The urine tests are not predictive enough to tell whether a woman is going through the phase when her periods will stop, doctors have told the BBC. The tests, which give a result within minutes, accurately measure levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps manage the menstrual cycle. But experts say it is not a reliable marker of the menopause or perimenopause. Dr Annice Mukherjee, a leading menopause and hormone doctor from the Society of Endocrinology, told the
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