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Gynaecological audit aims to improve healthcare

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

An audit of women suffering from a common gynaecological condition is to be be conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

 

RCOG will look into sufferers of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) in a bid to improve and standardise care in this area.

 

Dr Tony Falconer, president of the RCOG, added: "There have been substantial changes in the management of HMB over the last 10 years, as new medical therapies have been introduced.

 

"Newer surgical procedures such as endometrial ablation, have also increasingly replaced the use of hysterectomy."

 

HMB affects between 20 and 30 per cent of women of reproductive age and is the fourth most common reason for referrals to gynaecological services.

 

It can prove serious and, if left untreated, the condition often affects a woman's health and quality of life.

 

Dr Falconer added that it is "vital" for women to take part in the study in order to improve the quality of care they are offered.

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Private gynaecology news: 3 February 2011