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Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert

Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert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

Menopause and migraine

Menopause and migraine

Dr Louise Newson describes a case of migraine linked with menopause. The case highlights...

Contraceptive pill linked to reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Contraceptive pill linked to reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Taking oral contraceptive for seven or more consecutive years is linked to a 19%...

Extend postnatal health checks to protect new mothers, says RCGP

Extend postnatal health checks to protect new mothers, says RCGP

Postnatal health checks must be made longer 'as standard' to help improve the mental...

Answering patients' questions on intrauterine contraception

Answering patients' questions on intrauterine contraception

Questions that GPs may need to answer from women considering having an IUS or IUD...

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