- 1980-1995 (Creation)
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Women's Health was formed in 1988 as a merger between the Women's Reproductive Rights Information Centre (WRRIC) and Women's Health Information Centre (WHIC). The Women's Health Information Centre formed in 1982; Women's Health Information Centre was established in 1983 after a split from the National Abortion Campaign. At the time of the merger, the group was known as the Women's Health and Reproductive Rights Information Centre (WHRRIC), before changing its name to Women's Health.
The aim of the centre was to provide information and support to women on health and reproductive issues, motivated by the idea of information as a form of political empowerment. They worked with, and acted as a resource for, medical professionals, women in health groups, self-help groups, community groups and trade unions in line with the ethos of the Women's Liberation Movement. The centre collected resources relating to all areas of women's health, including books, leaflets, journals, press cuttings and articles. As well as providing an information service, the centre was politically active, and made submissions to the House of Commons Select Committee on AIDS, as well as acting as a point of contact for the media on women's health and reproductive issues.
Women's Health was based near Old Street and closed in 2006.
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Information guides and health literature produced by the Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights Information Centre (WHRRIC).
Includes guides to: the politics of premenstrual tension; the menopause; HIV & AIDS; pelvic inflammatory disease; fibroids; genital warts; hysterectomy; heavy bleeding; painful periods; smear tests and cervical cell abnormalities; unplanned pregnancy; infertility; ectopic pregnancy; antenatal screening; donor insemination; women’s health work and stress; alternative medicine.
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Content note: References to reproductive health issues including infertility, ectopic pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy.
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Created Summer 2021