Revision Notes for the DRCOG: A Textbook of Women’s Health, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Revision Notes for the DRCOG

A Textbook of Women’s Health, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Jamila Groves, Deena El-Shirbiny

CRC Press

236 pages | 84 B/W Illus.

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First published as Mastering the DRCOG, this highly acclaimed revision text has been completely updated and revised to follow the syllabus of the DRCOG examination. This book:

  • Provides relevant content arranged in seven chapters, following the DRCOG curriculum
  • Delivers useful information such as references to guidelines and research
  • Presents content relevant to the real world in the busy GP clinic—it is written by GPs for GPs
  • Includes sample MCQs, SBAs, and EMQs, all closely matched to the exam

This book is an excellent revision guide that will help you achieve success in the DRCOG exam. It also forms a succinct and highly readable guide for all general practitioners with an interest in women's health as well as those preparing for revalidation.


"This book deserves to find a place on the bookshelf of a wide range of practitioners – from undergraduates to women’s health specialists."

—Andrew Weeks, MD,FRCOG, Professor of International Maternal Health

"’This textbook manages to be both comprehensive, yet at the same time a concise guide to the syllabus of the DRCOG examination … I would argue that this book would be an invaluable companion to those studying for the exam, and to keep as an easily accessible reference guide post qualification."

—Catriona Davis, BSc, MBBS, MRCGP, GP Trainee

"The knowledge available from this book is up-to-date and well organized."

—John Spencer, FRCOG, FHEA, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

"… written with empathy and understanding. An excellent book for all primary care practitioners."

—Chris Watkins, BA(Hons), RGN, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care & Sexual Health

Table of Contents

Basic Clinical Skills

Basic Female Anatomy

Basic Female Physiology

Taking a Gynaecological History

Examining Women

Normal Physiological Vaginal Discharge

Pregnancy Testing

Blood Testing for Gynaecological Problems

Microbiological Testing

Imaging Investigations

Legal and Ethical Issues

Maternity Pay and Benefits

Basic Surgical Skills

Pre-Operative Care

Peri-Operative Care

Surgical Instruments

Post-Operative Care

Surgical Procedures Used in Gynaecology

Antenatal Care

Role of the Midwife

Role of the Obstetrician

Role of the General Practitioner

Minor Ailments of Pregnancy

Moderately Serious Pregnancy Complications

Very Serious Pregnancy Complications

Maternal Infection During Pregnancy

Antenatal Screening and Prenatal Diagnosis

Chromosomal Abnormalities of the Autosomal Chromosomes

Chromosomal Abnormalities of the Sex Chromosomes


Pre-Existing Medical Conditions That Affect Pregnancy

Special Antenatal Areas

Management of Labour and Delivery

The Weeks Prior to Delivery

Stages of Labour

Management of Normal Labour

Assessment of Fetal Well-Being

Induction of Labour

Obstructed Labour

Obstetric Emergencies

Cultural and Religious Attitudes to Childbirth

Postpartum and Neonatal Care

Management of the Normal Postpartum Period

Management of the Abnormal Postpartum Period

Neonatal Care

Gynaecological Problems

Ambiguous Genitalia

Adolescent Gynaecology

Adult Gynaecology


Sexually Transmitted Infections

Non-Sexual Vaginal Infections

Non-Infectious Vulvo-Vaginal Conditions

Early Pregnancy Problems

Gynaecological Cancers


Fertility Control



Hot Topics and Tips

Sexual Abuse and Rape

Domestic Violence

Commercial Sex Work (Prostitution)

Human Trafficking

Cosmetic Surgery

Female Genital Mutilation

Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders

Eugenics: Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening

Egg and Sperm Donation

Three-Parent Babies

Surrogate Motherhood

Services for Foreign Pregnant Women in the United Kingdom

Female Orgasm


Sample Examination Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Single Best Answer Questions (SBAs)

Extended Matching Questions (EMQs)

Sample Examination Answers and Explanations

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs): Answers and Explanations

Single Best Answers (SBAs): Answers and Explanations

Extended Matching Questions (EMQs): Answers and Explanations

A: Useful Documents and Websites

About the Authors

Jamila Groves, BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, MRCGP, DCH,isa general practitioner who works as a partner in Leatside Surgery in Totnes, Devon, UK. Dr. Groves enjoys all aspects of medicine, particularly contact with patients, the building of relationships, and holistic care. Her enthusiasm, specialist skills, and advanced training in women’s health has naturally led her into provision of well woman clinics. Dr. Groves has worked for extended periods with women in China, India, and Jamaica as well as in busy sexual health clinics in London, Portsmouth, and the Isle of Wight.

Deena El-Shirbiny, MBBS, MRCP, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG,is a general practitioner with a range of experience in primary care. During her career, Dr. El-Shirbiny gained clinical experience in a variety of clinical environments, including Nepal, Australia, Egypt, and the UK. She has a particular interest in health inequalities, which has led her to volunteer with a number of organisations in the UK, such as Medecins du Monde. Dr. El-Shirbiny recently sat the DRCOG herself and thus has contributed up-to-date, in-depth experience of the current DRCOG curriculum and examination procedure.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Family & General Practice
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics