Page last updated June 2020

This is a FREE resource designed to support the medical profession in their care of women – made possible by over 750 expert clinicians who are generously providing their contributions without any remuneration and by the publishers who have paid personally for the creation of this site in the memory of their daughter, Abigail.

Patient Information

Patient Guidance

This site, as stated on the Home Page, is designed for the use of medical professionals - but in the interests of the freedom of information and of transparency it is open to all interested users. However, those users who are not medically trained are advised that the information provided on The Global Library of Women's Medicine website should not replace the advice of their own health professionals. It should be used to support the relationship of patients with their own physicians and should in no way be regarded as a replacement for this.


Patient information leaflets currently available:

There are many sources of good and detailed information for patients, some of which will be more comprehensive and practical than the ones provided on this site. These information sheets are, therefore, particularly designed to provide basic information for patients where access to conventionally printed material or personal access to the internet may be limited.

In the belief that there are many women, especially perhaps in developing countries, who would like to understand more about their condition but have little access to useful sources of information, these leaflets have been designed so that their doctors or clinics can provide them with some simple guidance should they judge this to be appropriate. The leaflets are all designed to be printed out just in black and white (directly from this site) on the doctor’s/clinic’s computer and require only one or two sheets of standard sized printer paper.

Currently, these leaflets are only available in English but doctors who find them useful are invited to translate them into their local languages – and these translations will be added to this site if they are provided to the publishers.

Recommended alternative sources of patient information

Amongst the many sources of excellent patient information on women’s health we would particularly recommend the information leaflets produced by:

  • The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists -
  • 409 12th St., S.W., PO Box 96920
  • Washington, D.C. 20090-6920, USA
  • Tel: (202) 638-5577
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists -
  • 27 Sussex Place
  • Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG, UK
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7772 6200 Fax: +44 (0)20 7723 0575