• Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury in Women
    March 15, 2017
    By C. M. Shifflett Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a concussion (a blow or jolt to the head) or loss of blood and oxygen supply to the brain. TBI survivors are often told that they may have a headache and be a bit emotional for a few days. In fact, the consequences of even supposedly ...
  • R..E..S..P..E..C..T: What women need from the new FDA Commissioner
    March 15, 2017
    Okay, I admit it. Sometimes I try to cheer myself up by turning on some upbeat music and dancing by myself. Although I wouldn’t want anyone to see me bouncing around when I’ve cranked up the music (I’m a lousy dancer), I don’t mind people knowing that one of my favorite cheer-me-up songs is Aretha ...
  • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!
    March 9, 2017
      For 12 years, March 10 has been observed as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The CDC estimates that over 280,000 women are living with HIV and of those women, 11% don’t know they are infected. The theme for NWGHAAD is: The Best Defense is a Good Offense. This theme speaks volumes because ...
  • Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!
    March 6, 2017
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which measures ...
  • Obesity and Your Heart
    February 8, 2017
    February is Heart Health Month! Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Per the American Heart Association, heart disease kills 1 in 3 women each year. These statistics may be eye-opening and nerve-wracking but here’s the thing—Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 200,000 of ...
  • From Phantom Activist to Marching on the Streets of Washington, D.C.
    January 26, 2017
    By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow I have many prominent memories from the Women’s March on Washington. Hearing the cheers of half a million people reverberate through the buildings on Independence Avenue, all calling for change. Starting the march, our energy electric, singing and chanting as we made our way to Pennsylvania Avenue. Watching as the ...
  • NWHN endorses the Women’s March on Washington
    January 6, 2017
    The National Women’s Health Network supports the mission of the Women’s March, and is proud to join in this effort to send a bold message to the new government that women’s rights are human rights. We are inspired by the hundreds of thousands of supporters of women’s rights who have spontaneously engaged in the March. ...
  • Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs
    December 9, 2016
    By Monica Simpson and Cindy Pearson There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. The debate ...
  • NWHN-SisterSong Joint Statement of Principles on LARCs
    November 14, 2016
    Over the last few years, there has been a surge in the promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants like Nexplanon. LARCs are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for an extended period of time, and work without user action once they are inserted. These characteristics make them a ...
  • Letter to the Editor: Why Some Women are Afraid to Treat Osteoporosis
    October 24, 2016
    As a longtime Washington Post subscriber and women’s health advocate, I was disappointed to see “Why some women are afraid to treat osteoporosis” published on your website Tuesday. The author, in an attempt to emphasize the importance of appropriately treating osteoporosis, dismisses the very real and serious risks of bisphosphonate use. Bisphosphonates can be effective in treating ...