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Women’s Health

HRT: Panacea or villain?


Danielle Barron looks at current trends in prescribing hormone replacement therapy





Addressing long acting reversible contraception


The ICGP is currently developing a new advanced certificate in long acting reversible contraception (LARC). Dr Geraldine Holland, coordinator of the ICGP LARC Programme, spoke to IMN about what the certificate will mean for GPs.


New research reveals GP attitudes to abortion



An Irish survey that questioned GPs’ attitudes to abortion has found that the majority believe abortion should be available to any woman who chooses it. Some 52 per cent of GPs hold this belief, while the research also revealed that 48 per cent of the respondents had a consultation in the previous six months with a woman either before or after she had travelled abroad for a termination.


Get with the programme


Each year in Ireland around 250 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Recently, Health Minister James Reilly announced that there would be an extension of the cervical cancer vaccination (CCV) programme which will begin in September of this year. In a statement issued about the extension of the programme, Minister Reilly maintained that “the wonder of a vaccine that can prevent cancer cannot be underestimated and the great opportunity and protection it confers should not be missed”.


Preventing miscarriage misdiagnoses


Spontaneous miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy and occurs in up to one-fifth of clinical pregnancies, equating to around 15,000 miscarriages each year in Ireland. Last month, the HSE published the National Miscarriage Misdiagnosis Review Report, which looked at cases of misdiagnosis of miscarriage that occurred in the past five years.

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