UCL Population Health Sciences


Women's Health Week 2024

Women’s health is a multidisciplinary field of research and education at UCL and a key research area of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, we showcase how UCL is transforming the future of women’s health, translating research discoveries into treatments, and revolutionising care for women’s health.

 Challenges in Women's Health | Transforming the Future | Celebrating Women's Success | In the Media | Events

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Upcoming women's health events

Women across the globe experience a number of health inequalities throughout their lives. These inequalities are often unjust, avoidable, and systematic. UCL is dedicated to uncovering and tackling these inequalities by designing and implementing interventions.

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Healthcare for millions of pregnant teenage girls is being neglected
The healthcare needs of pregnant adolescents will continue to be ignored in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) unless there are major changes to healthcare delivery and frameworks.

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Nine women share what it’s like to have a miscarriage

After ten years of studying miscarriage, Dr Susie Kilshaw (UCL Anthropology) shares in The Conversation the shared and unique experiences of nine women who have had a miscarriage.

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Nine in ten women were never educated about the menopause
More than 90% of postmenopausal women were never taught about the menopause at school and over 60% only started looking for information about it once their symptoms had started. 

Through innovative cross-disciplinary research, cutting-edge technologies, and comprehensive healthcare strategies, UCL is committed to transforming the future of women’s health.

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Creation of mental health resource for female survivors of domestic violence
Online training and support package GARiMA is aimed at counsellors who meet with survivors of violence against women.

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Simple womb cancer test could reduce need for invasive diagnostic procedures
A new test to detect womb cancer could prevent 87% of women who do not have cancer from needing invasive diagnostic procedures.

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Plans for UK’s first menopause education programme launched by UCL academics

Experts at UCL have teamed up with leading women’s health charities to design a new education and support programme for women across the country.

We spotlight the outstanding achievements from the UCL community who are striving to help us achieve an equal future for all.

PhD student Ghada Bin Suwayyid awarded funding to deliver innovation in women’s health
Ghada’s project will offer insights from UK-based, Muslim ethnic-minority women undergoing menopause to promote inclusivity in menopause digital platforms.

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UCL-supported women entrepreneurs receive Innovate UK awards

Seven female trailblazers supported by UCL have won national awards in recognition of their game-changing ideas tackling some of the UK’s biggest challenges.

MPH student recognised among BBC's 100 exceptional women

UCL MPH student Jennifer Uchendu, is recognised among the BBC's prestigious lineup of 100 inspiring and influential women worldwide for 2023.

UCL expertise in women’s health has a significant presence in the media. Find out how our innovations and discoveries are positively impacting women’s lives around the world in recent news.

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Calls for improved support about menstruation changes during perimenopause

Perimenopausal women need better education and support about how their periods might change towards the end of their reproductive life, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

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Teenagers need better reproductive health education to tackle parenthood fears

Nearly half of teenagers are worried about having children and many lack knowledge about their reproductive health, find two new studies by UCL researchers.

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Cold water swimming improves menopause symptoms

Menopausal women who regularly swim in cold water report significant improvements to their physical and mental symptoms, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

Upcoming women's health events

See how we're educating the next generation of women's leaders

We are equipping the next generation of scientists and clinicians with the capability and technology they need to develop breakthrough cures and treatments that will enable us to conquer the challenge of women’s health inequalities.