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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Press Releases: Risk of Unwanted Pregnancies with Morning After Pill Conscience Clause & Cuts to services set to cost UK £136.7 billion

Risk of Unwanted Pregnancies with Morning After Pill Conscience Clause This article is published in the Journal of Medical Ethics today – “The Fox and the grapes: an Anglo-Irish perspective on conscientious objection to the supply of emergency hormonal contraception without prescription” Conscience clauses, which allow pharmacists to opt out of providing the “morning after […]

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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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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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Drugs – What’s in a name?

Branded, generics or branded generics? Do you know the difference? When a branded, or proprietary, drug comes ‘off patent’ it is common for other companies to apply for marketing authorisation and we are, increasingly, seeing this in sexual health. This can be for generic versions or for branded generics. Branded generics are simply generic equivalent […]

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The Journal – October Issue

Highlights from this issue include: The effects of childhood sexual abuse on women’s lives and their attitudes to cervical screening This commentary by Sarah Kelly is the and available free. Barriers to cervical screening in women who have experienced sexual abuse: an exploratory study This   article by Cadman et al. explores the barriers that […]

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Sept 26th World Contraception Day

Your Future. Your Choice. Your Contraception.   WCD 2012 focuses on empowering young people to think ahead and build contraception into their plans, in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI). World Contraception Day (WCD) takes place on September 26 every year. This annual worldwide campaign centres around a vision for […]

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40 years of innovation in sexual and reproductive health

WHO – 40 years of innovation in sexual and reproductive health A comment piece in The Lancet by past and present directors of WHO’s Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) discusses the achievements of the Programme since it was established in 1972. Online First – Evaluation of a community pharmacy delivered oral contraception service “Anything for the […]

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