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#Women's Health

# 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

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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.”