- FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
June 1, 2015
Over the last five years the National Women’s Health Network has, on numerous occasions, weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of flibanserin, a drug intended to treat female sexual dysfunction. Responding to our serious safety and efficacy concerns with the drug, the FDA has rejected the drug twice; however, now the ...
- Sticks and stones may break my bones… No really, be careful!
May 8, 2015
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- Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
April 28, 2015
On April 23rd, I attended a Senate briefing regarding the desired budget increase for the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP). The presentation was entitled, “The Public Health Crisis of STDs: Are We Ready?” Spoiler alert: We are really not ready; hence the need for $54.7 million increase to the department’s budget.
The ever-looming threat of ...
- Less safe and more expensive: the FDA approves new use of the HPV test
April 25, 2015
By giving Roche, the company that makes the HPV test, the ok to market it to use alone to screen for cervical cancer, the FDA is exposing women to unnecessary health risks and opening the door to a change in medical practice that will abandon evidence-based guidelines and drive up costs. Why would the FDA ...
- Aren’t covered with health insurance for 2015!?! Save your money and your health!
April 22, 2015
The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to sign up for a health insurance plan for the year, and although the Open Enrollment for 2015 health coverage has passed, fear not! There’s still a chance to enroll this year under the Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If you’ve had a major life event, you have until April ...
- Contraceptive Coverage under the ACA: Clinics, Claims, and Counterpoints
April 16, 2015
Before beginning my internship at the Network, I worked at a reproductive health clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The clinic offered a myriad of services ranging from annual pap smears to abortion care to contraceptive management. You might think that when it came to fighting with insurance companies, our biggest point of contention would be coverage ...
- Spread the word, not the virus!
April 9, 2015
Did you know that half of all sexually active individuals in the United States would get an STD by the time they’re 25? Sounds viral, right?
This statistic sounds outrageous, but in today’s society where many young people view sex as casual, it’s not hard to believe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that approximately ...
- “The Fight to Advance Access to Health Coverage for Immigrant Women and Families”- An Introduction to Capitol Hill
April 1, 2015
Raise your hand if you are an immigrant.
Raise your hand if your parents are immigrants.
Raise your hand if your grandparents are immigrants.
Raise your hand if you or a loved one has ever had a major health issue.
More and more hands went up with each subsequent statement until finally all hands in ...
- You’re Never Too Young for Heart Health
February 24, 2015
When you think of the month of February you might think about Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, or even Groundhog Day. But February is also American Heart Month, a time to remind Americans of one of the biggest health threats in our country, especially to women. Although heart disease is the #1 killer of American ...
- 50 Shades of Sexy But Not Safe
February 13, 2015
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, ladies around the world are anticipating to be showered with romantic gestures. However this year, there’s something else women all over the country are looking forward to on V-day: the release of the movie adaptation novel of the infamous, 50 Shades of Grey.
Now before I get into the nitty ...