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Introducing BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health: an international voice for sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing
We are delighted to welcome you to the first issue of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health (BMJ SRH), the successor to the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. In an editorial we introduce the new title, which reflects the journal’s intention to develop as an inclusive and scholarly voice for sexual health and wellbeing worldwide. With its shared ownership by the UK Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and BMJ Journals, BMJ SRH will welcome rigorous and thought-provoking submissions on sexual health in all its contexts, as well as showing an increasing commitment to the inclusion of patient perspectives and reflective writing to help shape our thinking. We hope that you will enjoy and contribute to the new journal. See page 3
Conscientious objection in sexual health: respecting diverse views but emphasising patients’ rights
In their editorial, the FSRH’s President and Chief Executive Officer describe the process by which the Faculty reviewed and updated its guidance for those whose personal beliefs might conflict with the provision of abortion or any method of contraception. The working group first defined essential and universal ethical principles that needed to be applied, and these led to the core principle that a patient should never be put at any disadvantage as a result of the views of any healthcare professional (HCP) they may see. So the heart of the new guideline is that the Faculty welcomes members with a range of views who are willing to show that they will put patient care first, regardless of their personal beliefs. See page 5
Contraception and gynaecological care for adolescents with disabilities
In their wide-ranging review of evidence on contraception and gynaecological care for adolescents and young women with disabilities, Dickson and colleagues remind us that such women are as likely to need contraception as their peers, and that hormonal methods may be particularly helpful for managing menstrual and cyclical problems to help improve their quality …
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