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A campaign to increase uptake of cervical screening will run until mid-March across England, including TV advertising, video on demand and social media. The Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Saves...

Understanding HPV and cervical screening

HPV is a group of viruses that most sexually active people come into contact with during their lifetime: it is estimated approximately 8 in 10 people will be infected with HPV at some point in their...

Sexual history taking in primary care

STIs still carry a degree of stigma in society and to enable a patient to feel free to disclose information to the health professional they need to be confident that their privacy will be respected....

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: getting the facts out

14–20 June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week. We have a valuable opportunity to highlight the importance of the test but also to communicate what HPV testing is, and what it means to have HPV....

Cardiovascular disease: the gender divide

According to statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) there are 830 000 women in the UK living with coronary heart disease (CHD), and around 380 000 women in the UK have survived a heart...

Hormone replacement therapy: update and practical prescribing

Symptoms are experienced by around 70-80% of women during the perimenopause and menopause (O'Neill and Eden, 2012). The symptoms are varied and include vasomotor symptoms, such as flushing and night...

Spread the word: vitamin D is key for post-menopausal women

Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common medical conditions in the world (Sizar et al, 2020). It is highly prevalent in older adults in Northern Europe (McCarroll et al, 2015). One in eight over...

Management of bleeding in women on HRT

Post-menopausal bleeding is defined as unscheduled vaginal bleeding that occurs a year after the last natural menstrual period (SIGN, 2002), or any breakthrough bleeding on cyclical HRT, or...

Raising awareness of cervical cancer in younger women

September was Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and we at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust launched new research into cervical cancer symptom awareness among women aged 18 years and over. Worryingly,...

Common questions on emergency and postcoital contraception

A systemic review of safety data (Jatlaoui et al, 2015) for adverse events relating to use of EC in healthy women concludes that such events are rare..

HRT shortages: the real reason women were left without HRT?

No, we simply knew how to access other HRTs that were very similar or as good as those HRTs that were not available. Yes, gels and tablets may not be as convenient as a single patch, but they offered...

Understanding the NICE guidance on endometriosis

Endometriosis is an oestrogen-dependent chronic condition where endometrial tissue forms lesions outside the uterus (Figure 1), which induce a chronic, inflammatory reaction (Dunselman et al, 2014).

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