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2 July 2013

China: Stress and anxiety-depression levels following first-trimester miscarriage

The study set out to compare the psychological impact following early miscarriage between women who conceived naturally and women who conceived following assisted reproduction.

2 July 2013

UK: Can gene test screen for postnatal depression?

The results of a study examining the genetics of postnatal depression hit the headlines on July. This analysis, by the NHS Choices website, reviews the findings.

21 June 2013

UK: Highly cited article on home abortion

The article ‘Women’s opinions on the home management of early medical abortion in the UK’, by Patricia A Lohr, Josephine Wade, Laura Riley, Abigail Fitzgibbon, and Ann Furedi, is one of the five most highly cited articles in 2012 from the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

18 June 2013

USA: Progesterone vaginal ring versus vaginal gel for luteal support with IVF

The study set out to compare the efficacy and safety of luteal phase support in IVF with a progesterone (P) vaginal ring or gel (VR or VG). From Fertility and Sterility.

13 June 2013

UK: Interest in new prenatal screening techniques

A new study of non-invasive prenatal screening techniques for Down's syndrome attracted widespread media coverage.

12 June 2013

Turkey: Early surgical abortion: safe and effective

The study's objective was to evaluate patients' characteristics and complications of surgical abortion performed at an early gestation, compared to later gestations. From European Journal of Contraception and Reprodutive Health Care.

3 June 2013

USA: Efficacy and acceptability of early mifepristone-misoprostol medical abortion in Ukraine

Two clinical studies were conducted in Ukraine to expand options for women. From European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care.

3 June 2013

Canada: Selected pregnancy and delivery outcomes after exposure to antidepressant medication

The authors concluded that although statistically significant associations between antidepressant exposure and pregnancy and delivery outcomes were identified, group differences were small and scores in the exposed group were typically within the normal ranges, indicating the importance of considering clinical significance. From JAMA Psychiatry.

30 May 2013

UK: Medical treatments for incomplete miscarriage

The authors concluded that the available evidence suggests that medical treatment, with misoprostol, and expectant care are both acceptable alternatives to routine surgical evacuation given the availability of health service resources to support all three approaches. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

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