Maternal use of oral contraceptives and risk of birth defects in Denmark: prospective, nationwide cohort study

BMJ, 6 January 2016

This prospective cohort study aims to research whether oral contraceptive use around the time of pregnancy onset is associated with an increased risk of major birth defects?

The study finds that oral contraceptive exposure just before or during pregnancy does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects.

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Safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopic sterilization: an observational cohort study

BMJ, 13 October 2015

The objective of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization with the “Essure” device with laparoscopic sterilization in a large, all-inclusive, state cohort.  The study concludes that patients undergoing hysteroscopic sterilization have a similar risk of unintended pregnancy but a more than 10-fold higher risk of undergoing reoperation compared with patients undergoing laparoscopic sterilization. Benefits and risks of both procedures should be discussed with patients for informed decisions making.

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Petals – FGM APP launched at Coventry University

Coventry University – July 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CCSJ) at Coventry University have created a new app, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.

Click here to more information and to view the website/app.

Having a smear test: What is it about?

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. They have produced a range of materials and resources around smear tests.  This includes an easy-read booklet which explains what a smear test is, the terminology and what will happen and is suitable for people with a learning disability.  The booklet and other resources can be downloaded for free.

Click here to access the booklet and resources.

The Smear Test Film – for women with mild or moderate learning disabilities

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

‘The Smear Test Film’ is a health education film resource for women eligible for cervical screening (smear tests) who have mild and moderate learning disabilities. It has been made by Public Health England in association with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. Professional guidance and support in the development of this resource was provided by the Better Health Team for Learning Disabilities at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The film has been designed and made by women who have learning disabilities. It aims to give women and their carers information about smear tests and their role in preventing cervical cancer. It is a resource that can help women make a decision about whether to attend their smear test invitation.

Click here to access the film.

Promoting the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

Public Health England, February 2015

This action plan consolidates data from a Public Health England report published in July 2014 that establishes the evidence base for the health inequalities affecting men who have sex with men. It sets out plans for the next 18 months to reduce inequalities in local areas and address the wider causes, working with and supporting local and national government, the NHS and relevant third sector organisations.

Click here to view the document.