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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News items from April

Better access to birth control would reduce stress on global resources as reported by Nigel Hawkes in the BMJ. The rich should consume less and the poor should procreate less, says the Royal Society in a new report. The report was produced by a working party chaired by John Sulston, who headed the UK part […]

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What is The Course of 5?

The Course of 5 (C5) is the 2nd stage of the new DFSRH blended learning training package – it provides a link between the theory element (e-SRH) and the practical, clinical assessments (ACP). What is involved in C5? 5 one-hour, assessed workshops in groups of no more than 4 per facilitator. These are usually offered […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

“This International Women’s Day, the world’s women have much to celebrate: maternal mortality rates are declining after years of stagnation; the importance of maternal health is receiving unprecedented attention; and one solution in our efforts to save women’s lives during childbirth, misoprostol, is gaining significant traction globally. But we have further to go for the […]

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Faculty News

Amendments to FSRH Guidance Documents: Drug Interactions and Emergency Contraception Drug Interactions (2011): Page 9 of the original version of this CEU Guidance Document (issued in January 2011) incorrectly stated that the interaction between lamotrigine and combined hormonal contraception (CHC) only applies to lamotrigine monotherapy. CHC also reduces lamotrigine levels when lamotrigine is combined with […]

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Journal: January 2012 and News

The January edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care includes a number of articles previously available at Online First (the Dinger/Shapiro VTE commentary, Advances in IUD training by Connolly & Rybowski and Brown’s study looking at young mens’ views on contraception) as well as: a thought-provoking commentary by Raine-Fenning et al […]

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More on the Million Women Study Critique, International Day of Zero Tolerance Day for FGM and Involving Fathers in Maternity Care

Shapiro Million Women Study (MWS) Critique There has been more publicity around the Shapiro Million Women Study (MWS) critique: Does hormone replacement therapy cause breast cancer? An application of causal principles to three studies. Part 4. The Million Women Study by Samuel Shapiro, Richard D T Farmer, John C Stevenson, Henry G Burger, Alfred O […]

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Review of the year 2011

It has been a busy and eventful year in sexual and reproductive health: January saw the launch of the new-look Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care as it joined the BMJ family. Readers will have noticed many improvements, not least the website and early online publishing. February The joint Faculty / e-Learning for […]

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Bits and Pieces

Consultation to lift ban on HIV-positive doctors and dentists: according to media reports last week the DH is set to launch a consultation on lifting the ban imposed 20 years ago. Many believe the ban to be discriminatory, no longer justified on public health grounds and ignored in most hospitals who reportedly have a ‘don’t […]

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COC / VTE Controversy continues

Following publication of the extended analysis of the Danish Cohort Study on VTE risk (with combined oral contraceptives with different progestogens and oestrogen doses) in the BMJ and the rapid responses since, Shapiro S and Dinger J have now produced a Commentary for the January 2012 edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive […]

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