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Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert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Contraceptive pill seven-day breaks 'outdated', says family planning expert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

Pelvic organ prolapse: clinical review
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Pelvic organ prolapse: clinical review

Diagnosis and management of pelvic organ prolapse, covering risk factors, assessment...

Endometrial cancer: clinical review

Endometrial cancer: clinical review

Risk factors for endometrial cancer, management options, conducting a physical examination,...

Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms
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Abnormal vaginal discharge - red flag symptoms

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

RCGP details women's health as 'clinical priority' amid calls for more training
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RCGP details women's health as 'clinical priority' amid calls for more training

The RCGP has pledged to treat women's health 'as a priority' over the coming year,...

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