Medical students are not equipped with the appropriate education to be able to conduct their mandatory FGM reporting duties

  By Victoria Kinkaid Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Importantly, the practice has no health benefits for girls and women and stops them from reaching their full […]

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Women’s needs for lifestyle risk reduction engagement during the interconception period

By Sharon James, Jessica Moulton, Anisa Assifi, Jessica Botfield, Kirsten Black, Mark Hanson & Danielle Mazza    The potential impact of lifestyle risks such as smoking, unhealthy diet, unsafe alcohol consumption, and inadequate exercise, increases with the mother’s age and parity. While lifestyle risks are responsible for many chronic conditions, changing lifestyle behaviours during pregnancy […]

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The Bogus Privacy in FemTech: circumventing consent when collecting sensitive sexual and reproductive health data

By Manna Mostaghim    FemTech products (or Female Technology products) are digital tools that claim to empower individuals to take control of their health and wellbeing. But at what cost? FemTech products are facing more scrutiny because of a lack of clarity on how their privacy policies protect sensitive information that are inputted by users. […]

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Experiences using an over-the-counter progestin-only pill in a trial in the United States

By Kate Grindlay Read the research papers here and here. In 2021, two progestin-only oral contraceptive pills (POPs) were approved in the UK as “pharmacy medicines,” becoming available without a prescription. Efforts are also currently underway to make a POP over the counter (OTC) in the United States, with an application under review at the […]

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The importance of using inclusive language in medical practice

By Ness Cooper   Maintaining a safe, inclusive environment is essential when seeing patients in any medical setting. Some patients may avoid contact with healthcare services if they perceive that interactions will be uncomfortable, hostile, or likely to trigger psychosexual factors. This is particularly true of sexual and reproductive health, given the intimate nature of […]

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Abortion travels in and outside France: Women’s experiences, costs, and opinions of the abortion law

By Laura Rahm, Silvia de Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, Giulia Zanini, Camille Garnsey, Derek Clougher & Caitlin Gerdts   This is the first study contrasting the experience of women residing in France and traveling for abortion services inside and outside their country of residence. Based on the main findings of a mixed-methods research project funded by […]

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What were patients’ experiences of trying to access sexual and reproductive health services during the early months of the COVID-19?

By Raquel Boso Perez, David Reid and Kirstin Mitchell Access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are imperative, even during pandemics such as COVID-19, when physical distancing measures are deemed necessary. We set up the Natsal-COVID study to understand the impact of service reduction and reconfiguration in Britain in response to COVID-19. Findings from […]

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Are You Listening? Black Voices on Contraception Choice and Access to Sexual Health Services

By Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer Ten new videos launch this month, highlighting the views and experiences of Black people when accessing sexual and reproductive health services. The videos are available on the Contraception Choices website. The videos were produced by Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (project researcher) in collaboration with Dr Julia Bailey from the University College London […]

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What are the determinants of FGM at an individual, family, and community level?

By Zeinab El Dirani, Ubah Ali and Stephen J. McCall The act of damaging or removing female genital organs without a medical reason is known as female genital mutilation (FGM). It is performed by specific ethnicities, mainly in African countries, but also in Yemen, Iraq, Indonesia, and the Maldives.1 Religious, social norms and cultural beliefs […]

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