- Get Your Sleep On
March 7, 2016
We’ve all been there. The lights are low, alarms have been set. You’ve showered and, if you’re anything like me, did an interpretive dance to Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean”. Now you’re snuggled up in bed, preparing for a well-deserved sleep to consume your semi-weary body. Yet 20 minutes later, you find yourself staring up ...
- Flibanserin Update: Health and Safety Concerns Continue to be Profound
March 2, 2016
On Monday, JAMA Internal Medicine published a systematic review evaluating the safety and efficacy of flibanserin, a drug purported to treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.
Unsurprisingly, the researchers reported that flibanserin’s benefits are “are marginal, particularly when taking into account the concurrent occurrence of adverse events.” Further, the researchers reported “the ...
- More Support for Osteoporosis Prevention – Not Osteoporosis Drugs
March 1, 2016
Bisphosphonate use for prevention has declined in recent years – and that’s a victory! But we’re concerned that a recent article in the Wall Street Journal with the misleading title “More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs: The benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh the risks for many patients” (original article here) encourages the overuse of drugs that have ...
- Essure Update: FDA Warns Women About Risks
March 1, 2016
Earlier today, the FDA announced that it is taking steps to make it easier for women considering sterilization to get reliable information about Essure, an implanted device. The Network recommended that the FDA take these steps, and we’re pleased that they’re taking action on this important women’s health issue.
Essure is a permanently implanted birth control ...
- Get ready for the Rally to Protect Abortion Access on March 2!
February 26, 2016
On March 2, the National Women’s Health Network and thousands of other supporters will rally for reproductive rights in front of the Supreme Court. The Justices will hear arguments in the landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Make sure you are one of those supporters! This is our opportunity to tell the Court and ...
- Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who Is That Beautiful Girl I See?
February 22, 2016
When you hear the word beautiful in reference to another woman, what do you think? Is it her smile, her personality, or maybe her glowing eyes? For many women, beauty relates to size; how small her waist is, what size jeans she wears, and what the number on the scale is. Why is this- and ...
- Wine? Chocolate? Self-Love! Celebrate yourself this Valentine’s Day!
February 12, 2016
February 14th is right around the corner, and for some this means racing to buy those last minute chocolates, flowers, and paper hearts. Whether you are celebrating with a special someone or on your own, share the following tips and spread the gift of health this Valentine’s Day.
Give your heart some love! February is American ...
- Love = Respect, Not Violence!
February 4, 2016
1 in 3 girls in the United States is a victim of abuse from a dating partner. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and our goal is to raise awareness so young girls, who experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, can be in happy and healthy relationships.
When you think of abuse, what ...
- When a Vagina Just Isn’t a Belly Button
January 5, 2016
Yesterday’s announcement that the FDA is requiring clinical trials of vaginal mesh used for pelvic organ prolapse is good news for women! Until yesterday, women who were told by their physicians that their condition should be treated by implanting surgical mesh into the vagina had no reliable information about the risk of this procedure, because ...
- #FreeThePill, what does that actually mean?
November 13, 2015
Visiting Twitter, you might have seen the hashtag #freethepill. You might have jumped to a conclusion, thinking you knew what it meant. I know, some of you are probably thinking it means to make the pill (birth control) free… but not quite.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to an Oral Contraceptives ...