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#Women's Health

# womens-health - Thursday 3 January, 2019

HSE warning over 'my options' unplanned pregnancy websites with anti-abortion message

The HSE’s official site My Options serves as a first point of contact for women dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

# womens-health - Saturday 3 November, 2018

TDs want women seeking abortions to be offered ultrasound imaging and heartbeat recording

A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.

# womens-health - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Concerns raised over morning sickness medication being sold to women online

There have been calls for the drug, which can cost up to €3,000, to be made available to women with a medical card.

# womens-health - Monday 4 June, 2018

Column: 'Men need to treat their bodies in a similar way as to how they treat their cars'

Prostate cancer accounts for over 30% of all male cancers but there is no national screening programme, writes Peter Gunning.

# womens-health - Thursday 17 May, 2018

Health Minister cancels meeting with women who suffered vaginal mesh complications

His office said the cancellation was due to “urgent other work commitments” and has been rescheduled for next month.

# womens-health - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

English breast screening scandal: Up to 270 women may have had lives shortened over IT error

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt said that an independent inquiry is due to take place into the issue.

# womens-health - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Taoiseach says women seeking morning after pill should not face 'invasive' questioning

Taoiseach says women seeking morning after pill should not face 'invasive' questioning

On the referendum, Varadkar said women should be trusted in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy.

# womens-health - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws have been criticised in report on women's health

The report also criticised Ireland’s response to victims of symphysiotomy.

# womens-health - Saturday 9 September, 2017

'Many times I just keep smiling to avoid crumbling into a crying mess'

People should think before they speak when it comes to fertility issues, Julie Ronaghan writes.

# womens-health - Monday 4 September, 2017

Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments

Harris said he now feels McGrath “fully supports” the vaccination programme.

# womens-health - Saturday 1 July, 2017

Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today

Up until 2011, anyone who needed emergency contraception had to attend a doctor in order to get a prescription.

# womens-health - Thursday 29 June, 2017

Citizens' Assembly publishes additional recommendations on the Eighth Amendment

Five ancillary recommendations have been made, derived from the personal opinions of the members of the Assembly.

# womens-health - Saturday 24 June, 2017

'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls' FGM

'I was haunted by the blood I caused by circumcising girls'

Almost 3,000 girls living in Ireland could be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation.

# womens-health - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

Irish women account for seven in 10 non-resident abortions carried out in UK

More than 3,200 women and girls travelled from Ireland to the UK for terminations last year.

# womens-health - Thursday 1 June, 2017

From The Daily Edge A doctor has had to come out and warn women not to put wasps' nests on their vaginas Oak Galls

# womens-health - Monday 29 May, 2017

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer HPV

Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer

Hiqa is recommending a HPV test first instead.

# womens-health - Sunday 26 February, 2017

The first birth control app to be officially approved as a contraceptive uses an age-old method

As a fertility-awareness based contraceptive method, the app will only work well for some people.

# womens-health - Sunday 5 February, 2017

'I was tested to the limit': How hypnobirthing is helping women during labour

“Some people think it’s new age, hippy dippy. It’s anything other than that. It’s very practical, down to earth.”

# womens-health - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

'Repeal' bus to distribute abortion pills in cities and colleges around Ireland

Rosa said the tour will “provide direct assistance to those in need of safe abortion pills”.

# womens-health - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

India's Minister for Women says country's rape problem is 'exaggerated'

Maneka Gandhi claimed India was in the bottom four countries in the world when it came to rape.

# womens-health - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

Six in ten people want abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where abortion is illegal, except where continuing a pregnancy would cause a serious risk to the mother’s health.

# womens-health - Thursday 31 December, 2015

From The Daily Edge This women's magazine has decided to ban the term 'bikini body' from its covers Bikini Body

This women's magazine has decided to ban the term 'bikini body' from its covers

Women’s Health will not use the terms “bikini body” or “drop two sizes” on its cover anymore.

# womens-health - Monday 28 December, 2015

These haunting portraits shed light on the 'strong and tough' women of the Rising

It’s a new way of looking at the pivotal event in Irish history.

# womens-health - Wednesday 19 August, 2015

Women can soon boost their sex drive with this pill - but won't be able to drink when taking it

The drug has been rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on two previous occasions.

# womens-health - Sunday 9 August, 2015

Explainer: Why everyone is arguing about Planned Parenthood in America

And how a series of videos could end up shutting down the entire US government.

# womens-health - Friday 19 June, 2015

Doctors find 92-year-old woman has been bearing a mummified fetus for 50 years

The incredibly rare phenomenon is known as “lithopedion”.

# womens-health - Thursday 18 June, 2015

Australian woman banned from breastfeeding – because she has tattoos

She is locked in a custody dispute with the baby’s father.

# womens-health - Monday 1 June, 2015

Poll: Should girls be taught about their fertility at school? Biological Clock This post contains a poll

Poll: Should girls be taught about their fertility at school?

One expert thinks women need to learn about their biological clock at an earlier age.

# womens-health - Friday 29 May, 2015

'DIY abortion tutorials' shock Chile amid debate on easing ban Women's Health This post contains videos

'DIY abortion tutorials' shock Chile amid debate on easing ban

Warning: Some people may find the contents of this report distressing.

# womens-health - Saturday 14 February, 2015

Where else are abortion laws as strict as in Ireland?

We’re relatively unique in terms of developed countries.

# womens-health - Friday 6 June, 2014

Opinion: Why are some women avoiding cervical cancer screening?

Fear of cancer appears to influence some women’s decision to attend cervical screening – but not in the way you might think, writes health psychologist Marie Kotzur.

# womens-health - Sunday 2 June, 2013

Drug offers first hope for advanced cervical cancer

Existing chemotherapy regimes are largely ineffective against advanced stages of cervical cancer, which leads to the deaths of 250,000 women worldwide every year.

# womens-health - Thursday 10 January, 2013

Column: Why shouldn’t there be ‘abortion on demand’?

The Government is desperate to avoid “abortion on demand”, writes Sarah McCarthy – but in reality, women should be trusted to make the choice.

# womens-health - Monday 24 December, 2012

Column: Infertility is not a choice – but treatment for it should be

Ireland’s public health system offers no treatment for infertility – so if you haven’t got money you can forget it, writes Fiona McPhillips.

# womens-health - Thursday 18 October, 2012

Protest expected over opening of Belfast Marie Stopes clinic today

Marie Stopes International has asked its supporters not to counter-protest.

# womens-health - Monday 21 May, 2012

From The42 Back to work for Katie Taylor after golden homecoming Katie Taylor

Back to work for Katie Taylor after golden homecoming

Bray boxer will take a short rest before focusing on London Olympics, according to her father.

# womens-health - Tuesday 27 September, 2011

Coffee helps reduce women's risk of depression: study

US researchers studied the health and caffeine consumption of more than 50,700 women over a decade.

# womens-health - Friday 12 August, 2011

Study finds links between depression and risk of stroke

Women who suffer from depression could be more susceptible to stroke, according to new US research.

# womens-health - Wednesday 15 June, 2011

The world's worst places to be a woman - survey

Global survey releases findings which show that Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women, while the DRC comes a close second.

# womens-health - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

RESEARCHERS IN SOUTH AFRICA have developed an easy-to-use vaginal gel which they believe cuts HIV  infection rates by 50%.

The gel contains tenofovir, a drug used in treating Aids. Results from the study, which was carried out on a group of 889 women, indicates that after one year of use infection is cut by50% and after two and half years, by 39%.

HIV and Aids is now the leading cause of death in women of a reproductive age, according to a report released last year by the UN.

70% of women worldwide have been forced to have unprotected sex, according to UNAids. Women are also physically more vulnerable to contracting HIV through sex.

If the preliminary findings are verified, it would be first microbicidal gel to fight the virus.

The gel would reportedly cost “just pennies” and would be targeted at places such sub-Saharan Africa, where 60% of those who had contacted HIV are women.

The results of the study come after three years of research by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa. The gel was shown to be effective when used by women between 18 and 40 year of age who applied it once in the 12 hours before sex and once in the 12 hours after sex .

After 30 months, 98 women became infected with HIV, of the group who contracted HIV, 38 had used the gel and 60 used placebos.

Mr Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAids, said that the results are “giving hope to women.”