CategoryReproductive health

Female genital cosmetic surgery (Journal editorial)

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Lowe, J. and Black, K.I. (2021), Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol, 61: 325-327. Female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS) is a relatively new and highly controversial surgical field where sociocultural influences and medicine collide. Procedures under this umbrella term include vaginoplasty, hymenoplasty, and labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is the most common of these and typically involves procedures to reduce...

Upcoming Event: Period Summit

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The Commissioner for Children and Young People SA (Helen Connolly), with Taboo, Period Revolution (an initiative of GOGO Events), and Chalice Foundation, June 2021 Although nearly half of the world’s population menstruate at some point in their lives, menstruation presents significant challenges when individuals lack the information, resources, infrastructure and social support they need to...

IUD saving fertility for women with cancer

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University of Queensland, March 2021 A common intrauterine device (IUD) could help preserve fertility and reduce the need for hysterectomies for women suffering endometrial cancer, according to University of Queensland research. UQ’s Professor Andreas Obermair, from the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research, said his team had just completed the feMMe study – a phase II randomised...

Ending the “silent suffering” of women with third and fourth degree perineal tears after childbirth

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Croakey Professional Services,  April 21, 2021 Third and fourth degree perineal tears are an uncommon but potentially devastating complication of vaginal childbirth. While not all such tears can be prevented, many can. When they do occur, early identification, surgical repair, and support are all key to recovery. With the release this month of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in...

Nearly half of all women are denied bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report ‘My Body is My Own’

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United Nations Population Fund,  14th April 2021 Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care, according to UNFPA’s 2021 flagship State of World Population report, released today. For the first time, a United Nations report focuses on bodily autonomy: the power and agency to make...

Perceptions and experiences of lifestyle interventions in women with PCOS

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Perceptions and experiences of lifestyle interventions in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as a management strategy for symptoms of PCOS. Arentz, S., Smith, C.A., Abbott, J. et al. BMC Women’s Health 21, 107 (2021). The international clinical practice guidelines for PCOS emphasize diet and exercise as first-line management of clinical signs and symptoms. This study aimed to...

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