10.1 Women's Health

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 10.1, Women's Health, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Women-specific health matters, including contraception, pregnancy, menopause and disorders of reproductive organs, account for over 25 per cent of a GP’s time. In addition, women present with non-gender related issues in specific ways that the specialty registrar will need to become sensitive to: domestic violence, depression and alcoholism can all present differently in women. In society, women tend to take the larger role in caring for dependants – children, parents, ill or disabled spouses. This also brings special considerations.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Viewpoint: Conflicting headlines are confusing patients about breast cancer risks

Viewpoint: Conflicting headlines are confusing patients about breast cancer risks

Over 40% of women do not feel they have a good understanding of the breast cancer...

Early diagnosis: Ovarian cancer

Early diagnosis: Ovarian cancer

Dr Alison Wint highlights the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer, common...

Red flag symptoms: Hirsutism

Red flag symptoms: Hirsutism

There are a number of possible causes for this symptom, explains Dr Pipin Singh

NICE guidance on heavy menstrual bleeding highlights importance of patient choice

NICE guidance on heavy menstrual bleeding highlights importance of patient choice

NICE recommends that women should be provided with sufficient information for them...

Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms

Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms

Red flag symptoms in patients with vaginal discharge, including possible causes and...

Postcoital bleeding - red flag symptoms

Postcoital bleeding - red flag symptoms

Postcoital bleeding may have a serious cause. This article explores questions to...

Red flag symptoms: Heavy menstrual bleeding

Red flag symptoms: Heavy menstrual bleeding

Red flags associated with menorrhagia and when urgent referral is required.

Pregnancy - red flag symptoms

Pregnancy - red flag symptoms

Red flags to look out for in pregnancy, including back pain, bleeding, headaches,...

Vaginal discharge consultations

Vaginal discharge consultations

Dr Anita Sharma and Dr Grace Edozien outline the common causes of abnormal vaginal...

Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert

Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert

GPs prescribing the contraceptive pill should tell women that they do not need to...

Red flag symptoms: Breast lumps

Red flag symptoms: Breast lumps

In this article Dr Suneeta Kochhar provides an overview of the red flag symptoms...

Consider endometriosis even after normal test, NICE guidance urges GPs

Consider endometriosis even after normal test, NICE guidance urges GPs

GPs should not exclude the possibility of endometriosis in women with persistent...

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