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    Women's health

    The latest learning and CPD content on women's health. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to women's health.

    CPD and Learning

    endometriosis

    Endometriosis: symptoms, diagnosis and managementSubscription

    27 AUG 2019By

    Early diagnosis and multi-modal treatment is necessary to improve quality of life in adolescents and women with endometriosis.

    Female reproductive organs illustration

    Heavy menstrual bleeding: diagnosis and management optionsSubscription

    12 JUN 2018By

    Heavy menstrual bleeding has a major impact on a woman’s quality of life. This article covers the most recent guidance and available treatment options.

    Senior woman speaks to a pharmacist about menopause

    Treatment options for menopausal symptomsSubscription

    16 JAN 2018By , ,

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide a patient-centred approach to advising women about the menopause, and provide robust information about the risks and benefits of menopause hormone treatment that will allow patients to make an informed choice about how to relieve their symptoms.

    Amniocentesis

    Preconception care: genetic and pre-existing conditionsSubscription

    21 FEB 2017By ,

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide appropriate and comprehensive preconception care by identifying couples who are at risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal malformation and can empower the couple by giving them enough knowledge to make informed decisions.

    Other resources

    ACL tear CT scan SPL19

    Oral contraceptives protective against ligament injury in young womenSubscription

    23 MAY 2019

    Oral contraceptive pills may be protective against anterior cruciate ligament tears in women, particularly in 15–19 year olds, a study has shown.

    contraceptive pill packets

    Newer hormonal contraceptives still associated with reduced risk of ovarian cancerSubscription

    14 NOV 2018

    Researchers in Denmark found that newer combined hormonal contraceptives were still associated with a reduction in ovarian cancer risk in women of reproductive age.

    Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pill

    Sixty years of the combined oral contraceptive pillSubscription

    26 SEP 2017By

    The first combined oral contraceptive pill was licensed for ‘menstrual irregularities’ in 1957, and contraception three years later. Since then, millions of women have taken ‘the pill’.

    woman with rheumatoid arthritis in hands

    Oral contraceptives linked to decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritisSubscription

    5 SEP 2017

    Study explores the impact of both oral contraceptives and breastfeeding on womens’ risk of rheumatoid arthritis. 

    Open hand holding emergency hormonal contraception (EHC)

    Why we should increase access of EHC to women, rather than restrict itSubscription

    18 AUG 2017By

    Barriers, such as a price premium, should be removed to allow easier access to emergency hormonal contraception.

    Woman holding a blister pack of the contraceptive pill

    Common oral contraceptive pill has negative effect on general well-beingSubscription

    4 MAY 2017

    An estimated 100 million women use the contraceptive pill, but surprisingly little is known about its effect on overall health.

    Close up of woman holding blister pack of contraceptive pills

    Contraceptive pill does not increase long-term cancer riskSubscription

    12 APR 2017

    Most women who take the contraceptive pill are not at increased risk of cancer overall and may actually gain some protection against certain cancers, researchers say.

    A doctor checking a mamogram for breast cancer

    Palbociclib slows tumour growth in early breast cancerSubscription

    25 JAN 2019

    Adding the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib to hormone therapy can slow or stop tumour growth in women with early breast cancer, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown.

    DNA strand illustration

    How genetic testing can help women with breast cancer avoid chemotherapySubscription

    5 JUL 2018By

    By using Oncotype DX test technology, researchers behind the TAILORx trial have proven that invasive and often harmful chemotherapy needn’t be the only option for women with breast cancer. 

    Lisinopril ACE inhibitor, molecular structure

    ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers reduce risk of cardiotoxicity for some Herceptin patientsSubscription

    4 MAY 2018

    Researchers conclude that prophylactic use of lisinopril or carvedilol should be considered in patients who could benefit from anthracycline treatment prior to trastuzumab (Herceptin).

    Woman having a blood test

    Blood test after taking palbociclib could predict response in advanced breast cancerSubscription

    17 APR 2018

    Research has shown that testing for PIK3CA levels after taking palbociclib could help predict a progression-free survival, making it the first known biomarker for this therapy.

    Micgrograph of breast cancer cells

    Safety of vaginal oestrogen in hormone replacement therapySubscription

    31 OCT 2017

    Vaginal oestrogen not linked to invasive breast cancer or pulmonary embolism risk.

    Pregnant woman taking a tablet

    Painkiller link to childhood asthma unlikely to be causal, researchers saySubscription

    15 APR 2019

    A previously reported association between analgesic use in pregnancy and childhood asthma is likely to result from confounding factors, researchers have concluded.

    Pregnant woman taking a tablet

    Neurotransmitter-affecting medicines used in pregnancy not linked to autism risk in offspringSubscription

    10 DEC 2018

    Use of medicines targeting neurotransmitter systems during pregnancy is unlikely to influence estimates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in offspring, the authors of a study published in JAMA Psychiatry have concluded.

    Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacists

    Pregnancy problems: a guide for pharmacySubscription

    26 OCT 2018By

    Pregnancy causes many changes to the body, some of which can result in troublesome symptoms. Here we explain what pharmacy teams can do to help women seeking advice.

    Human placenta

    Valproate triggers changes in placenta, researchers find Subscription

    29 JUN 2018

    In a study looking at placentas from caesarean deliveries, valproic acid had a significant impact on mRNA levels of major carriers for essential compounds such as folic acid, glucose, choline, thyroid hormones and serotonin.

    hrt infographic

    Is hormone replacement therapy worth the risks?Subscription

    10 OCT 2019By ,

    The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have long been the source of confusion and controversy. Here we summarise the latest evidence to assist pharmacists in supporting patients thinking about HRT.

    Older woman putting on her HRT patch

    HRT linked to increased Alzheimer’s disease risk in womenSubscription

    1 APR 2019

    Hormone replacement therapy is associated with a small but significantly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, research published in The BMJ has found

    Wilting flower, menopause concept

    Novel menopause treatment rapidly reduces hot flashesSubscription

    3 APR 2018

    Research has shown that neurokinin 3 receptor antagonism has a rapid effect on vasomotor symptoms of menopause

    Scanning electron micrograph of osteoporotic bone

    Romosozumab reduces fracture risk in postmenopausal women with osteoporosisSubscription

    14 SEP 2017

    Researchers find that the drug can be an effective treatment for women who are susceptible to fracture.

    Revalidation

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can find guidance from The Pharmaceutical Journal on completing the relevant records to meet the General Pharmaceutical Council requirements, as well as support on the scope of activity that could be included in these records here.