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Overlapping Pain Conditions: Women in Pain Need More

March/April 2011

By Carol Ratliff Drury

Depo Provera & Bone Mineral Density

March/April 2011

By Susan K. Flinn, MA

For decades, women’s health advocates have been concerned about the safety of Depo-Provera, the progesterone-based contraceptive shot (the shot). Some of the earliest concerns sparked by findings from animal studies have been laid to rest by carefully conducted clinical research, like studies showing that Depo does not increase women’s risk of breast cancer.i  The findings about Depo’s effect on women’s bone mineral density, however, continue to raise troubling questions about the safety of this drug.

Getting Answers to Our Questions - New Developments in Women's Health

March/April 2011

 

I love this issue of the newsletter.  I think you’ll like it, too.  There’s a common theme in these articles: the power of women’s voices.  It might take a while, but once women who are concerned about a health issue raise their voices, we get results.

Young Feminists: Lets Talk About Sex (Education)

March/April 2011

By Samantha Greenberg

When I was little, my mother taught me about sex with the help of Per Holm Knudsen’s book The True Story of How Babies are Made. I remember laughing at the book’s goofy cartoon illustrations while attempting to grasp its detailed explanations of sexual intercourse and conception. As my mother and I looked through the book, she told me that a man and a woman must get married before becoming sexually intimate. To do otherwise, she said, would be a sin against God.

Not Your Mother’s IUD: Benefits and Risks of Modern IUDs

January/February 2011

By Ginny Cassidy-Brinn

Victory Under Attack: Fight Back!

January/February 2011


By Cynthia Pearson

If you’re like me, you’re not happy with what you’re hearing about Congress these days. Of course, I’m writing this column a few weeks before you will be reading it, and I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’m sure that there are at least a couple of things the 112th Congress (which began on January 5, 2011) is doing that are upsetting to those of us who care about women’s health.

Anne Kasper & Miriam Zoila Pérez Receive the Third Annual NWHN Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health

January/February 2011

By Jill Battalen

On November 3rd, over 100 enthusiastic guests gathered at the NWHN’s Fall Benefit held at Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre.  The speaker was author Barbara Ehrenreich, and the Third Annual NWHN Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health were presented to honorees Anne Kasper and Miriam Zoila Pérez. Guests also viewed the premiere of the Network’s new video. Here are Barbara Ehrenreich’s comments:

Snapshots

January/February 2011

Traveling by Air? Go With the Grope

January/February 2011

By: Charlea T. Massion, MD & Adriane Fugh-Berman MD

Whose silly idea was it to start X-raying people along with the baggage at airports?  Most of the media coverage of airport security scanners has focused on privacy issues, but we’re far more concerned about possible health risk: frequent flyers may be racking up increased cancer risk along with their miles, because of radiation exposure.

G-Spots and Sore spots

January/February 2011

G-Spots

NWHN’s 35th Anniversary

November/December 2010

By Cynthia Pearson

Book Review: In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women

November/December 2010

By Cynthia Pearson

Fifty years after the approval of the first birth control pill, over 80 percent of U.S. women old enough to have needed it have taken it, at one point or another in their reproductive years.  At the same time, studies have found that nearly one third of all women who start taking the Pill stop using it within a year or two, and many women, whether or not they’ve used the Pill, report being dissatisfied with the contraceptive choices available to them.