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# Women's Health

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# vaginal mesh
FDA orders medical device companies to stop selling pelvic mesh
The FDA said it couldn’t assure women that these devices were safe and effective longterm.
# Maternity services
HSE apologises to women callers to Joe Duffy's Liveline who shared their traumatic childbirth experiences
Over the last fortnight, many women have taken to the national airwaves to share their stories of childbirth.
# Women's Health
'It would be foolhardy to say there is no risk': HSE reveals 78,000 slides left in CervicalCheck backlog
The HSE will tell the Health Committee about the backlog latest today.
# hidden agenda
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.
# Abortion legislation
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.
# Women's Health
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.
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.
# mesh survivors
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.
# Scandal
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.
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.
# Europe
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.
'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.
# hpv controversy
Simon Harris was 'very disappointed and frustrated' at Finian McGrath's vaccine comments
Harris said he now feels McGrath “fully supports” the vaccination programme.
# Emergency Contraception
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.
# recommendations
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.
'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.
# Women's Health
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.
# oak galls
A doctor has had to come out and warn women not to put wasps' nests on their vaginas
Irish women may need fewer smear tests to screen for cervical cancer
Hiqa is recommending a HPV test first instead.
# Natural Cycles
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.
# Pregnancy
'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.”
# Eighth Amendment
'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”.
# Rape
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.
# Women's Health
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.
# 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.
# shadowed women
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.
# Game changer?
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.
# deep divisions
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.
# lithopedion
Doctors find 92-year-old woman has been bearing a mummified fetus for 50 years
The incredibly rare phenomenon is known as “lithopedion”.
# Sydney
Australian woman banned from breastfeeding - because she has tattoos
She is locked in a custody dispute with the baby’s father.
# Biological clock
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.
# Women's Health
'DIY abortion tutorials' shock Chile amid debate on easing ban
Warning: Some people may find the contents of this report distressing.
# Women's Health
Where else are abortion laws as strict as in Ireland?
We’re relatively unique in terms of developed countries.
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.
# Cervical Cancer
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.
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.
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.
# marie stopes
Protest expected over opening of Belfast Marie Stopes clinic today
Marie Stopes International has asked its supporters not to counter-protest.
# 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.
# Coffee
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.