Cancer warning as delays hit gynaecology services: ‘Lives put at risk’

Women are waiting up to half a year for procedures to help rule out cancer - and a GP fears lives are at risk.

Mums matter: Postnatal trauma haunts years later

Ellen Chisholm is a mother who suffered a traumatic birth and was pressured to leave hospital less than three hours after giving birth and drive an hour north.

Hidden pills, forced pregnancy and denied abortions

The country’s first ever report on women facing reproductive coercion from abusive partners is a “must read” for everyone who works in health, says Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond.

Views on vulvas: cosmetic genital surgery in NZ

Female cosmetic genital surgery has been a growing field since the mid-to-late nineties. Dr Hera Cook discusses this emerging practice, particularly in relation to the history of women’s attitudes towards their genitals. By Soumya Bhamidipati.

Māori health trust founder honoured

Christine Brears’ commitment to improving the health of kohanga reo kids in the 1980s – leading to the founding of an early Māori health trust – was honoured recently. by Rebekah Fraser.

Hopes New Zealand will follow Ireland’s lead on abortion law reform

There are hopes that New Zealand will follow Ireland's lead in changing the law around abortion soon.

Taboos and inadequate toilets focus of Menstrual Hygiene Day

Removing the taboos surrounding menstruation and ensuring hygiene issues don’t stop girls attending school are the aim of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Opinion: Siouxsie Wiles – Menstrual cups and toxic shock: rinsing is not enough!

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles shares insights on a new study that shows menstrual cups and cotton tampons may not be as safe as people are being led to believe.

NZ researchers restore fertility to mice with polycystic ovary syndrome

Women who struggle to have children due to polycystic ovary syndrome may in future be able to regain fertility by rewiring their brains, new research suggests.

The complexities of accessing an abortion

A woman seeking an abortion in New Zealand has to jump through around a dozen hoops to get the procedure. Abortion Rights Aotearoa releases diagram that shows complexity of accessing an abortion.
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