Consumer Health Info

Herbs and Phytoestrogens

By NWHN Staff | Aug 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Herbs and Phytoestrogens

Many women, concerned about the health risks of the synthetic hormones used in conventional hormone therapy, are looking for natural alternatives. It’s important to know that these products are not necessarily safe just because they’re natural.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants

By NWHN Staff | Aug 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Silicone Gel Breast Implants

Silicone gel breast implants have been available in the United States for decades – going back to a time when medical devices didn’t require approval by the FDA.

Sex Drugs for Women: Myths and Marketing Messages

By Coco Jervis | Aug 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Sex Drugs for Women: Myths and Marketing Messages

Learn about 5 common myths surrounding sex drugs like Addyi and Viagra as well as the FDA’s approach to this issue.

Microbicides

By NWHN Staff | Aug 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Microbicides

Around the world, women’s health and lives are at risk every day because there are too few options for STI protection. But there is research going on right now to develop products, known as microbicides, that would give women the power to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.

Health Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer

By NWHN Staff | Aug 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Health Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer

Abortion opponents have spent years attempting to frighten women by touting a non-existent link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no evidence of such a link and the claim is not supported by research scientists or breast cancer activists.

Menopause and Natural Hormones

By NWHN Staff | Jul 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Menopause and Natural Hormones

As women learn about the proven health risks of conventional hormone therapy drugs, many are looking for natural alternatives, such as herbs and dietary supplements. But just because something is labeled “natural,” doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Hot Flashes

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, and are extremely aggravating to women. While some women never have hot flashes and others have mild or infrequent hot flashes, some women experience dozens each day.

Hysterectomy

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Hysterectomy

A Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus that may involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and other surrounding structures. It may be done for a variety of reasons: Uterine fibroids, bleeding, Uterine prolapse and Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries.

Mammography

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Mammography

Mammography uses X-rays to take images of the breasts and identify cancer when it’s too small to be felt so it can be treated early and aggressively.

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Menopause Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

Since the early 2000s, the use of menopausal hormone therapy has continued to decline after the initial findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed an increased risk of breast cancer and serious cardiac events with the use of estrogen plus progestin.