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The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was one of the largest preventive women’s health studies ever conducted in the United States and its results benefited millions of women. Almost 10 years ago, in July 2002, NIH released groundbreaking findings showing that hormone therapy (HT) was causing serious health problems in otherwise healthy women - including an increased risk of breast cancer. This information led to changes in medical practices that have saved women’s lives.  In the ten years since the WHI, its groundbreaking results have benefited millions of women, including the 160,000 women who were not diagnosed with breast cancer over the last 10 years because they avoided unnecessary exposure to drugs that would have caused it.

What:  Send us a photograph of yourself wearing a bra over your clothes, just a bra, or topless to celebrate the 160,000 women who didn’t get breast cancer over the last decade thanks to the WHI.  Or tell us how hormone therapy and menopause research has affected your health, in a story of 300 words or less.

Why:  Our goal is to highlight the impact the Women’s Health Initiative has had on millions of women just like you! We are hoping to bring a face, picture, and story to the study’s statistics in order to spotlight WHI’s tangible effects.

Who:  We want to hear the voices of:

  • Women who took HT before the WHI
  • Women who were offered HT before the WHI
  • Women who didn’t take HT because of the WHI
  • WHI study participants
  • WHI researchers
  • Health care providers
  • Advocates
  • Anyone affected or impacted by the Women’s Health Initiative. Every story matters.

How:  Click here to submit a photo and or share your story.   

  • Submit your photo to us by July 4th.  We will continue to take stories after this date.  
  • Beginning on July 9th we will feature some of the photos and stories on our website.

Story Bank ideas: We hope that the following questions and prompts might help you to think about what story you would like to add to our Story Bank.

  • When did you first hear about the WHI? What were your reactions to the findings of the WHI? Has this impacted your relationship with your physician? If so, how?
  • Describe the moment when you realized the significance of the WHI.
  • If you were prescribed and took HT before the WHI findings were released, what was your experience with it?
  • As a patient, provider, or advocate, did you question the safety HT before the WHI findings were released? If so, what prompted you to question HT? If not, what gave you confidence in HT?
  • How has the WHI impacted your future (either personally or for your friends and family)?
  • How has the WHI impacted your understanding of menopause? Of HT?
  • How do you feel about society’s views on menopause? What are people saying? And what are your reactions?        

Privacy: I hereby grant permission to the National Women's Health Network (NWHN) to use my (photograph/story) on its web site or in other publications without further consideration.  I acknowledge the NWHN's right to crop or treat the photograph at its discretion. I also acknowledge that the NWHN may choose not to use my photo at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date.  I also understand that once my image is posted on our website, the image can be downloaded by a visitor to the site.  Therefore, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless from any claims the following:  National Women's Health Network, its board of directors, and/or staff.

The National Women's Health Network reserves the right to discontinue use of photos or content from users without prior notice.




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