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  1. News Article
    Women who experience bleeding in early pregnancy and have had at least one miscarriage should be treated with the hormone progesterone. The new guidance, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), is based on research suggesting the treatment could lead to 8,450 more births each year in the UK. The more miscarriages a woman had, the more effective progesterone was, the trial found. The naturally occurring hormone helps prepare the womb for the growing baby. About one in five women experience bleeding, or spotting as it is sometimes called, in the first 12
  2. News Article
    A third of women who have suffered symptoms of the menopause say they hid them at work, and many think there remains a stigma around talking about the subject, according to a survey of workers in five countries. More than 5,000 women in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and South Africa were interviewed about their experiences of the menopause and work in research for the mobile phone provider Vodafone. In all of the countries except Italy, about a third said they had hidden symptoms, while in Spain more than half felt a stigma around the subject in the workplace. South African wome
  3. News Article
    The shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in Northern Ireland is distressing for women and challenging for pharmacies trying to access it, according to a community pharmacist. Loretto McManus advised women to leave plenty of time for ordering their prescriptions. The Health and Social Care Board said there were "some treatments which are currently experiencing supply issues". HRT helps many women control their often difficult menopausal symptoms. There is a national shortage of HRT with officials citing several reasons including manufacturing delays, an increase in deman
  4. News Article
    HRT used to be a dirty word. Now it’s a battle cry. Women will begathering in Parliament Square in London later this month to support the menopause bill to demand free prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in England. The bill could help thousands more women to access this life-changing treatment and will put the menopause under the microscope. For years, a combination of medical sexism, hysterical reporting and outdated science has held women back from asking for the health care they need. HRT replenishes the oestrogen, progesterone (and sometimes testosterone) that women lose wh
  5. News Article
    MP Carolyn Harris is part of a movement determined to smash the remnants of the menopause taboo, pushing a private member’s bill to turn up the volume on a debate about the menopause that is growing louder by the day. As an increasing number of countries, businesses and individuals mark World Menopause Day today, Harris says she is ready to shame whoever stands in the way of progress. Harris will lead a small army of supporters to Parliament Square in London before her bill, which is due to be heard on the 29 October, to demand free prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy in En
  6. News Article
    Thousands of women are being missed off the breast implant registry, new figures suggest. Data from NHS Digital, which manages the register, implies that around 8500 women across England and Scotland have not been added to the register after they were fitted with an implant last year. The register was recommended as a result of the breast implant scandal which saw some women fitted with faulty implants. It records the details of every person who has breast implant surgery in case of a product recall or another safety concern. But the latest figures suggest that many are be
  7. News Article
    The High Court in Canberra, Australia, has ruled against big pharma giants Johnson and Johnson's application to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in favour of the survivors of their defective medical devices in November 2019. This means the decision of the Full Federal Court, in favour of the Lead Applicant and group members, will stand. Shine Lawyers', which has led the class action, has launched further actions against American Medical Systems (AMS), another manufacturer of mesh and tape implants supplied in Australia. The AMS implants, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse a
  8. News Article
    "What has happened to us is home-grown, institutionalised female genital mutilation," says Mary Lodato, 63, a mother of three and a university researcher, from Kettering in Northamptonshire. "It has been a systemic failure in health and care and it was totally avoidable." What Mary is referring to are complications due to implanted surgical mesh, designed to treat post-childbirth pelvic damage in women, which has left thousands effectively crippled as the material disintegrated inside their bodies, and sheared into the tissue, causing a range of devastating symptoms including pain, d
  9. News Article
    Gender bias is leaving many women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder undiagnosed, leading psychologists are warning. The prevailing stereotype ADHD affects only "naughty boys" means at least tens of thousands in the UK, it is estimated, are unaware they have the condition and not receiving the help they need. "I used to tell doctors and therapists all the time, 'You've got to make this constant noise in my head stop. I can't think. I can't sleep. I can't get any peace,' but this was always dismissed as anxiety or women's problems," Hester says. Diagnosed with depressi
  10. Content Article
    What is an Early Day Motion? Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed - as such very few are debated. They are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. By attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.[1] Early Day Motion 556 - Government response to the recommendations of the First Do No Harm report This Early Day Motion was sponsored by Emma Hardy MP, H
  11. Content Article
    Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts Related reading Lisa Rampersad, The normalisation of women's pain, November 2020 Lucy Cohen, The pain of my IUD fitting was horrific... and I'm not alone, June 2021 Patient Safety Learning, Dangerous exclusions: The risk to patient safety of sex and gender bias, March 2021 Patient Safety Learning, Improving hysteroscopy safety, November 2020 Sarah Graham, Gender bias: A threat to women's health, August 2020 Stephanie O'Donohue, 'Women are being dismissed, disbelieved and shut out', Hysterical Women, November
  12. Content Article
    The BMS Principles and Practice of Menopause Care course is for healthcare professionals seeking an in-depth and comprehensive grounding in menopause care. This course is suitable for doctors, nurses and pharmacists wishing to understand the essential foundations of menopause care The BMS Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care for doctors and nurses who undertake menopause consultations in general practice, including NHS and private clinics. It is also suitable for pharmacists (clinical and independent prescribers). The BMS Advanced Certificate in the Principles
  13. Content Article
    Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst females and accounts for around 15% of all newly diagnosed cancers in the UK. The GIRFT breast surgery report contains 17 recommendations, based on visits to 129 breast surgery units across England. Key recommendations include: Refining the breast cancer referral process and improving assessments Improving access to the full range of surgical techniques Reducing time spent in hospital You will need a FutureNHS account to view this report, or you can watch a short video summary of the report which includes key recommendat
  14. News Article
    One quarter of women under 40 have never checked themselves for breast cancer – believing they are too young, or they don’t think it will affect them, or they are just too busy. And half of all women do not regularly check their breasts for signs of cancer. The study of 2,000 women found those aged 18 to 39 are the least likely to look for signs of cancer, with a tenth believing they are not old enough to suffer the illness. But a quarter admit they do not have the confidence to inspect themselves, while 1 in 10 put it off in case they find a lump. It also emerged women from Sou
  15. News Article
    The number of women in the UK who have not had vital NHS breast screening, which can stop people dying from breast cancer, has risen by an estimated 50% - to nearly 1.5 million women - since services resumed, the leading UK breast cancer charity warns during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Now reveals an alarming increase of around half a million women who haven’t been screened since services restarted in summer 2020, estimating that around 1,480,000 fewer women in the UK had breast screening between March 2020 and May 2021, compared to pre-pandemic levels. This comes a yea
  16. News Article
    A TikTok user who went viral with a video of herself removing her implanted birth control device has prompted calls among sexual health experts for better monitoring of social media platforms. In a video which has gained over 178,000 likes, TikTok user Mikkie Gallagher is filmed performing a ‘DIY IUD removal’ wearing medical gloves, writing on top of the post: “A lot easier than I thought TBH,” and “Catch of the day: Mirena IUD, 2 inches”. An intrauterine device (IUD) is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy and sometimes assist in relieving period pain. They usually need to
  17. News Article
    A woman with stage 4 endometriosis said she was told she needed to "be more positive" before her diagnosis - despite heavy blood loss and pain. Anna Cooper, from Newbridge, Wrexham, started her periods at 11 and by the time she turned 14, her mother was pushing for a referral. Since then she has had 13 surgeries, with a 14th due in the coming months. She said: "It is not taken seriously enough. It seems to be that we are just not being heard at the minute." Watch video Source: BBC News, 9 September 2021