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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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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Online First – August

The following papers have been published this month at http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/early/recent More than poverty: disruptive events among women having abortions in the USA (Jones) We are all aware that poverty is associated with abortion but how many of us knew that bad (or disruptive) life events also play a major role? The research by Jones et […]

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Fertility Issues

IVF twins: buy one get one free? (Mittal)  (published online 18 July) The aim of IVF treatment should be to achieve a full-term singleton birth. This article explores the tensions that exist between IVF provision and the elective single embryo transfer (eSET) policy. The authors present a balanced contemporary review describing why twin pregnancies are […]

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The Journal – July Issue

Highlights from this issue include: Norethisterone and VTE risk Diana Mansour’s article previewed at online first and in the 15th June blog. See page 148 Helping women with hirsutism Editor’s Choice article – Stephen Franks provides useful guidance for helping women with this common and often distressing condition. See page 182 US administration’s attitude to […]

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SRH News from American Journals

Effectiveness of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception From the New England Journal of Medicine: A large (7486 paticipants) prospective cohort study, by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, to evaluate contraceptive methods has found dramatic differences in their effectiveness. Women who used pills, the patch or vaginal ring were 20 times more likely to […]

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Another flawed database analysis of VTE risk and hormonal contraceptives

Lidegaard O, Nielson LH, Skovlund CW, Lokkegaard E. Venous thrombosis in users of non-oral hormonal contraception: follow-up study, Denmark 2001-10 BMJ 2012;344:e2990 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2990 (Published 10 May 2012) This is basically a companion paper to the one published last year in the BMJ, which concentrated on the Pill and was comprehensively criticised in the January […]

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Melinda Gates’ New Crusade & Confirmation that IUD is most effective for EC

Melinda Gates’ New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women’s Health Melinda Gates this week pledged billions of dollars to be spent on improving access to contraception. In her many travels she repeatedly met women who were unable to gain access to something which most of the rest of the world take for granted. In an interview […]

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Journal highlights – April issue

This quarter’s Journal includes the following: Redefinition of women’s health care Last year the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published ‘High Quality Women’s Health Care: a Proposal for Change’ that proposed a radical change to the structure of UK women’s health services. Andrew Horne and Johannes Bitzer discuss this exciting document from both a […]

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