Women’s healthcare is often focused around pregnancy and childbirth, and whilst these are critical times in a woman’s reproductive life course, they are only two instances on a spectrum. Whether it is being able to prevent unplanned pregnancy, access abortion services, testing and treatment for STIs, care for HMB or manage the effects of menopause, a woman may need support and care throughout her life. Yet these aspects of women’s health are often under prioritised or sometimes ignored altogether.
The development of the NHS long-term plan and follow-on implementation plans present an important opportunity to address this oversight. In this short blog series, we look at some specific examples of areas where women’s health needs are not being fully met. We have also taken a look at the wider trend of variation in resourcing for and quality of care across the country in women’s health services.