International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion launches new website

The International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion was launched on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on 28 May 2012. Now, one year later , it announced the launch of its new website which aims to raise awareness particularly linked to the September 28 Global Day of Action for access to […]

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Help WHO revise its guidelines!

The WHO are currently preparing updates to its Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, which will be finalized in 2014, and are soliciting feedback from various stakeholders in the field of family planning to inform this process. The goal is to ensure these guidelines remain relevant to family planning […]

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US Judge orders FDA to make Morning-After Pill available over the counter for all

 Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under. The New York Times reported that the decision, on a fraught and politically […]

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April Journal – 20th Anniversary of the FSRH

Hightlights from this edition include: The FSRH’s 20th anniversary It is 20 years since the establishment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). In celebrating its anniversary there is much to be proud of, and indeed Community Sexual and Reproductive Health is now a specialty in its own right. Readers should find the story […]

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Sexual health improvement framework, comments and other News

‘A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’ sets out the government’s ambitions for improving sexual health. Designed to be used by local organisations when they are looking at how best to provide sexual health services in their area. This includes the need for: a fall in the number of unwanted pregnancies  greater efforts to […]

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Depo-Provera does not increase fracture risk.

Results from a new study published in the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynaecology demonstrate that the use of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) does not appear to increase fracture risk. Whilst the use of DMPA reduces serum oestrogen levels and is associated with significant loss of bone mineral density (BMD), this study shows that it […]

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Journal Online First

The following Online Firsts have been published Does a full bladder assist insertion of intrauterine contraception?: a randomised trial (Cameron, Glasier, Cooper,  Johnstone) Cameron and colleagues set out to answer a simple question: does a full bladder assist insertion of intrauterine contraception? In the world of assisted conception a full bladder had been shown to […]

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SRH News

Education for Choice hightlights misleading pregnancy counselling Education for Choice support young people’s right to informed choice on abortion. They report that Feminist Action Cambridge held a demo in Cambridge city centre to raise awareness of local ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ which they feel are ‘using emotionally manipulative techniques’ and misinformation ‘in order to increase the […]

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The remarkable story of Romanian women’s struggle to manage their fertility

  As mentioned in the previous blog this remarkable story (Editor’s choice in this month’s Journal) documents what can happen when access to abortion is restricted. I include here the graph, from the paper, which shows this so well.   Anne Furedi, Chief Executive of BPAS, writes, in response to the article, The commentary by […]

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Some ‘Online Firsts’ and News

The following papers have been published at http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/early/recent The financial costs to patients of diagnosing and excluding ectopic pregnancy (Unger et al) In their article, Unger and his colleagues in Edinburgh report on their assessment of an area of patient experience that is not often considered when assessing medical interventions. The financial impact on patients’ […]

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