Latest ethnic diversity data highlights disparities in treatment outcomes, UK regulator finds

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) found fertility treatment outcomes varied widely for Black, Asian and ethnic minority patients. HFEA data shows significant differences by ethnic group in the use and outcomes of fertility treatment. The average IVF birth rate per embryo transferred has increased across all groups, but Black and Asian patients aged Continue Reading

NHS England boss vows to eradicate cervical cancers by 2040 and urges people to attend screenings

NHS England boss vows to eradicate cervical cancers by 2040 and urges people to attend screenings Experts have backed NHS England’s promise to eliminate cervical cancer cases by 2040 following an announcement from boss Amanda Pritchard. There are currently around 2,600 women, and those assigned female at birth, a year in England are diagnosed with Continue Reading

UK fertility regulator launches improved for fertility treatment ‘add-ons’

Patients undergoing fertility treatment now have better information on whether ‘add-on’ treatments will improve their chances of having a baby as well as other outcomes, as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) launches its new ratings. Patients are offered add-ons with the claim that they will increase the success of their treatment but the Continue Reading

Addressing the Menopause GAP

The menopause is a time when a woman’s periods stop and her hormone levels change. Around 85% of women experience problems (such as hot flushes, changes in mood, joint pains) that may continue for years. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be prescribed for these symptoms, as well as to prevent other longer-term problems that increase Continue Reading

DHSC News: Government orders independent inquiry following Lucy Letby verdict

Government orders independent inquiry following Lucy Letby verdict • Inquiry announced into circumstances behind the murders and attempted murders of babies at Countess of Chester Hospital to help ensure families get the answers they need• The inquiry will look at the circumstances surrounding the deaths and incidents, including how concerns raised by clinicians were dealt with• Continue Reading

Health equality has been de-prioritised for decades

Sharing her own experiences of living with endometriosis, Emily Morrison highlights the ‘triple injustice’ in knowledge and evidence, gender identity, and social policy that perpetuate health inequity. This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) brought mixed feelings for me. My appreciation for the activism that has continued to drive women’s rights since 1909 sits alongside my Continue Reading

Menstruation and Indian Cultural Practices: Period, Pollution and Purity – Rittika Dasgupta

Menstruation and Indian Cultural Practices: Period, Pollution and Purity by Rittika Dasgupta This article highlights how menstruation is viewed largely by the Hindu community in India and it suggests ways to combat it. I use the term ‘menstruator’ consciously throughout the article to keep it gender-neutral. However, I also use the term ‘woman’, when it Continue Reading