Questioning Colonial Legacies in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions

by Kayla Beare Contraception has improved the lives of countless since entering the mainstream in the 1960s. However, like most facets of sexual and reproductive health, contraception is imbued in a history of colonialism. As someone who was born and raised in a previously colonised country, the presence of colonial legacies in global health have […]

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Transforming abortion access beyond the pandemic: patient experiences with at-home medical abortion through telemedicine in Australia

By Laura Fix,1 Jane W Seymour,1 Monisha Vaid Sandhu,2 Jacquie O’Brien,2 Catriona Melville,2 Danielle Mazza,3 Terri-Ann Thompson1 Telemedicine delivery of medical abortion is common and safe In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has emerged as key to sustaining access to essential reproductive health care services. Medical abortion care provided via telemedicine has been […]

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How to include the perspectives of women living with HIV in research

By Florence Anam1, Cecilia Chung2, Teresia Otieno3, Martha Tholanah4, Alice Welbourn5 As the 23rd international AIDS conference nears, we reflect once more on what it takes to ensure that issues facing women living with HIV are adequately addressed, especially in the context of COVID-19 and increased rates of domestic violence globally. We know how violence […]

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The ethics of State-sponsored and clinical promotion of long-acting reversible contraception

By Dr Jeffrey Wale & Professor Sam Rowlands, Bournemouth University @rowlands999  @bournemouthuni Global responses to the Covid-19 pandemic offer a good opportunity to re-examine the role of State actors (policymakers, regulatory bodies, clinical commissioning groups, service providers) and healthcare professionals in the promotion of health-related behaviours.  Just how far should healthcare professionals go in promoting, […]

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Understanding the new normal: your chance to submit evidence to the Inquiry into Access to Contraception

By Dame Diana Johnson DBE MP The ‘new normal’ is a phrase we’re hearing a lot at the moment. The Cross-Party Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK needs you to help shape a ‘new normal’ for access to contraception after the pandemic. We were formerly the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and […]

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Signposting patients to sexual health online – don’t forget the health (or the sex)

Dr Julia Bailey, University College London eHealth Unit @juliavbailey The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted an unprecedented shift to remote health services as a response to social distancing for patient and practitioner safety. Sexual health clinic capacity has been cut as staff have been deployed to other parts of the health service, and patients are now […]

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Norethisterone and its acetate – what’s so special about them?

Emilia Huvinen, Elina Holopainen, Oskari Heikinheimo @e_huvinen @OHeikinheimo Synthetic progestins are commonly used for a wide spectrum of conditions along a woman’s life. They are essential in the daily work of doctors treating women of all ages – both general practitioners and gynecologists. Indications stretch from contraception and postponing menstruation to treatment of heavy uterine […]

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The COVID-19 lockdown and meeting women’s reproductive health needs online

By Emma Rezel-Potts, Melissa J Palmer, Caroline Free, Paula Baraitser The lockdown measures issued by the UK government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have transformed all aspects of healthcare delivery, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Remote and online solutions, that were already developing as alternative options to some traditional, face-to-face SRH services, have […]

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