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# Women's Health

This month
September 2023
Mary Lou McDonald opens up about having a hysterectomy over the summer
The Sinn Fein leader said she underwent surgery in June.
Free contraception scheme expanded to include women aged 27-30
It means women aged 17-30 can now avail of the scheme which was launched last September.
This year
Couples can avail of publicly-funded IVF from September, but age and BMI limits will apply
One cycle of IVF will be available for eligible couples if they have availed of one privately funded cycle or have never availed of any.
'I felt experimented on': Survivors protest but vaginal mesh use still not ruled out
One woman said that she at times had to put pads in the freezer and wear them to work to get through the pain she was in.
Mesh Survivors Ireland are now calling for a redress scheme to be put in place for women who have been through this.
The survivor's group brought a letter to the Dáil to state their disappointment in the lack of improvements in aftercare services since 2018.
Eimer McAuley reports the latest comment from the Department of Health.
Australian court upholds lawsuit against J&J for 'negligent' marketing of pelvic mesh implants
Johnson & Johnson found 'negligent' in pelvic mesh lawsuit in Australia
Ireland voted for Repeal five years ago, where are we now with abortion services?
Campaigners told The Journal that recommendations made in a recent review of the legislation must be acted upon swiftly.
Most women do not think they could identify ovarian cancer symptoms, research shows
Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day.
Total withdrawal of partner access in maternity hospitals 'not appropriate', says HSE
Campaigners have criticised how partners continue to be restricted in attending appointments in some hospitals.
Five years on: First review of Ireland's abortion laws recommends significant changes
The review recommends 10 changes to current legislation and 60 operational changes in relation to termination services and laws.
The review recommends that the required three-day waiting period to access a termination should no longer be mandatory and should instead be at the woman's own discretion.
It also found that there is an "uneven geographic coverage" of service providers across the country, which requires some women to travel for longer periods at significant cost.
Cabinet has agreed to refer the recommendations to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health for consideration.
Abortion review to be published tomorrow as Taoiseach criticised for 'reluctance' to update laws
Varadkar 'reluctant' to make changes after review of state's abortion laws seeks end to three-day wait
Donnelly 'disappointed' about CervicalCheck samples being tested in US labs
The National Cervical Screening Laboratory at the Coombe Hospital had its accreditation suspended.
Dr Deirdre Lundy: Menopause may be 'natural' but that doesn't mean you have to put up with it
The sexual and reproductive health doctor addresses the myths around HRT and menopause and outlines what treatments are on offer.
'Still a long way to go' in removing stigma around menopause in Ireland
Dr Caoimhe Hartley told The Journal that Ireland is still not where it needs to be when it comes to women’s health.
Opinion: Menopause is a workplace issue - it must be addressed as such by employers
According to employment expert Katie Ridge BL, a culture shift regarding menopause is underway, although change is slow.
Health minister asks department and HSE to review current approach to Cariban reimbursement
Women, doctors, and pharmacists have criticised the roll out of a new scheme.
Overcomplicated: Reimbursement scheme for pregnancy drug criticised by pharmacists
Irish Pharmacy Union says the new scheme is not straightforward and creates further delays.
HSE informs pharmacists about reimbursement scheme and how it will operate three days after the scheme came into operation.
IPU says requiring patients to get a consultant prescription creates needless access inequalities where women do not have access to consultants.
The drug Cariban can cost women up to €3,000 over the course of a pregnancy.
GPs can't give initial Cariban prescription, confirms HSE as Tánaiste questions 'rationale'
Women who suffer severe pregnancy sickness to have access to drug free of charge from January
Last year
Cariban: Drug to help women who suffer severe pregnancy sickness to be available by January
Cariban is prescribed and available in the Coombe, Rotunda and Holles Street maternity hospitals and has been for many years.
Health Minister says testimony included in HSE abortion report is 'heartbreaking'
The research found that current abortion legislation does not meet the needs of those seeking termination for foetal anomalies.
Spanish cabinet approves paid 'menstrual leave'
Equality Minister Irene Montero said the law will recognise a health problem that has been largely swept under the carpet until now.
Taoiseach denies 'sham' debate and says arguments against NMH move to St Vincent's 'didn't hold up'
Despite calls for a further delay, the plan was approved by Cabinet this morning.
The plan was approved by Cabinet this morning and described by Minister Stephen Donnelly as 'a milestone'.
Members of the Oireachtas Health Committee had asked for a further delay in Cabinet approval, saying more consultation was required.
One member, Róisín Shortall of the SocDems, called the last two weeks of debate "a sham and a charade".
SVHG says 'clinically appropriate' could be removed from NMH plan but Taoiseach says there are no changes
Master of NMH says he can't understand 'vitriol of opposition' to new maternity hospital
‘Draft opinion’ on US abortion rights authentic document but not a final decision - chief justice
The draft opinion would allow individual states to more heavily regulate or outright ban abortion.
Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights
Jane Roe – a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey – sued the Dallas Attorney General, Henry Wade.
Stephen Donnelly confirms opening of two additional specialist menopause clinics
A total of six menopause clinics will be rolled out nationwide this year.
Govt one step closer to giving severe illness during pregnancy drug free of charge
U-turn on calling Cariban a food supplement as HPRA says such classification is not appropriate.
Minister 'hopeful' positive outcome can be reached to help women with severe pregnancy sickness
No decision has been reached at Government level as to how the State might subsidise the cost of the drug, Cariban.
NIAC asked to advise on HPV vaccine catch-up programme for those who missed out in past 2 years
The Health Minister has asked the advisory group about a catch-up rollout for secondary students have missed out on the vaccine due to the pandemic.
HSE looking into whether 'special arrangement' possible for access to severe pregnancy sickness drug
Irish Pharmacy Union has said exceptional arrangements to fund the drug in individual cases should be put in place.
'Frightening' language and no abortion information: Warning issued over rogue pregnancy services
Women who have inadvertently engaged with these groups have found the experience “extremely distressing”.
A number of unregulated crisis pregnancy services present themselves as unbiased but have an anti-abortion stance
The HSE said such services may try to frighten women and refuse to give them information about abortion services
Women who have inadvertently engaged with these groups have found the experience "extremely distressing", Órla Ryan reports
Three years into new abortion laws, Stephen Donnelly says 'ease of access' has not been achieved
All time
Physio: Fixing a wee problem - before, during and after menopause
On World Menopause Day, Chartered Physiotherapist Aoife Ni Eochaidh says practice is key to fixing any pelvic issues.
Free contraception to be made available for young women
Two GP appointments per year relating to contraception will also be free.
Women feel doctors 'normalise' loss of pregnancy, and first-time mothers 'not listened to', report finds
Over 270 women aged 18 to 80 participated in discussions for a report commissioned by a Department of Health taskforce.
Donnelly announces establishment of Ireland's first centre for menopause
The centre will be located at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.
Opinion: Nutrition can empower women through menopause alongside medicine
Nutritional therapist Jackie Lynch explains how diet and particularly sugar balance can help women cope with the changes of menopause.
'Nothing signed off' yet on new National Maternity Hospital, says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach says it has always been his view that any new hospital should be owned by the public.
'She is so inspirational' - Praise for Roscommon footballer on speaking out about cervical cancer battle
Jenny Higgins has paid tribute to her team-mate for her bravery in speaking openly about her diagnosis.
Call for national awareness campaign on menopause after 'incredibly important' Liveline discussion
The Taoiseach said he supported the call and that the government “will act on driving on a progressive health policy for women’s health”.
Health minister announces 'see-and-treat' gynaecology services and 'advanced' endometriosis centre
These two health policies are recommendations from the Women’s Health Taskforce, established by the Department of Health in September 2019.
Dr Deirdre Forde: Untreated menopause can be seismic for a woman, but help is at hand
The GP specialises in menopause and is urging women suffering to seek advice and assistance.
'Second class citizens': Harris warned of the impact endometriosis is having on women's health
More than a dozen women told Harris of the devastating impact the condition has had on their lives.
'Wombs, periods, they're taboo subjects': Patients appeal to TDs and Senators for endometriosis support
Women have been advocating for change in this area and to support the 155,000 women who suffer from it.
Peter Boylan: 'Online abuse didn't bother me - I wasn't going to resign'
The obstetrician has written about his career in a new memoir.
No money in next year's budget for free contraception, committee heard
A recent report recommends that free contraception rollout should target young women first.