Impact of environmental toxics on global women’s health: FIGO 2018

On October 15, 2018 at the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Drs. Linda Guidice, Marya Zlatnik, Jeanne Conry and Anil Kapur will speak about the “Impact of Environmental Toxics on Global Women’s Health.” The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the leading global voice of reproductive health professionals, with member societies including 130 countries/territories around the world.

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Video: Why are obgyn’s talking toxics?
Toxic chemicals can tip the scales and increase the number of children born too soon. These chemicals, which are insidious or invisible, are easily dismissed or ignored, but they can have grave effects on pregnancy and a child’s health and development. The cumulative impact of many toxic chemical exposures on preterm birth can be substantial.

2015 FIGO Opinion

The opinion on reproductive health impacts of exposure to toxic environmental chemicals is a policy statement by FIGO on preventing exposure to toxic environmental chemicals.  This groundbreaking policy statement on environmental health was published on October 1, 2015 in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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The FIGO Opinion concludes with four recommendations to reduce and prevent exposure to toxic chemicals globally. The recommendations are: (1) Advocate for policies to prevent exposure to toxic environmental chemicals; (2) work to ensure a healthy food system for all; (3) make environmental health part of health care; and (4) champion environmental justice.

The FIGO opinion was authored by an international group of ob-gyns and scientists who include representatives from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, and the World Health Organization.

The FIGO Opinion has been formally endorsed or supported by 12 reproductive health professional organizations worldwide.

Opinion Communications Materials

Press releases

Infographic: Recommendations for Preventing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
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Infographic: How Toxic Chemicals Can Damage health
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How Toxic Chemicals Can Damage Health infographic

2015 FIGO Summit on Shaping Our Planetary Legacy: Setting an Agenda for Environmental Reproductive Health

The Summit brought together leaders in reproductive health from around the globe to develop a plan of action to address exposure to toxic environmental chemicals. The FIGO Reproductive and Developmental Environmental Health Working Group has worked to carry this agenda forward and develop new directions.

Video: Talking Toxic Chemicals: Prevention

Other resources from the XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics

  • See the flyer for all UCSF environmental health related programs at the 2015 World Congress.

Video: Dr. Linda Giudice’s plenary session — Markku Sepala Ovidon Lecture
Environmental Exposures & Reproductive Outcomes: A Call to Action!
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WHO Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment