Women’s Health FAQs

How do I report something to the FDA? My doctor and I think I might be having an adverse reaction.

By NWHN Staff | Mar 24, 2021 | Comments Off on How do I report something to the FDA? My doctor and I think I might be having an adverse reaction.

In the rare case that you have an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, there are multiple ways to contact the FDA. While the FDA does not always investigate individual reports, it is certainly worthwhile to file a report describing what happened to you.

Since You Asked – COVID-19 vaccine safety for pregnant and lactating individuals

By NWHN Staff | Mar 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Since You Asked – COVID-19 vaccine safety for pregnant and lactating individuals

Some pregnant and lactating individuals have reported feeling hesitant about receiving one of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines due to the exclusion of pregnant and lactating people in the clinical trials. In fact, most drugs and vaccines are never studied in pregnant people, and pregnant people are encouraged to avoid any medications that aren’t absolutely necessary.

Can I safely date during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By NWHN Staff | Feb 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Can I safely date during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are highlighting how folks can safely date during COVID-19.

Since You Asked: I often find myself being talked down to by my health care providers. How can I be more assertive when interacting with my providers?

By NWHN Staff | Jan 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Since You Asked: I often find myself being talked down to by my health care providers. How can I be more assertive when interacting with my providers?

At the NWHN, one of our primary goals is to ensure all women are able to receive the health care that is best for them. We believe that women are the experts of their own bodies. However, it is easy…

Since You Asked: I recently tested positive for COVID-19. How long will COVID-19 symptoms last?

By NWHN Staff | Dec 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Since You Asked: I recently tested positive for COVID-19. How long will COVID-19 symptoms last?

Unfortunately, there’s no singular, clear-cut answer to this question. When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, the widespread assumption was that the illness was relatively mild for most people diagnosed, and that the majority of patients would recover. However, in recent…

Since You Asked: What is the Oura Ring, and how does it relate to Natural Cycles? Is it a reliable contraceptive method?

By NWHN Staff | Nov 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Since You Asked: What is the Oura Ring, and how does it relate to Natural Cycles? Is it a reliable contraceptive method?

At the NWHN, we have been long-time skeptics of Natural Cycles, a smartphone app that markets itself as a reliable birth control method. Natural Cycles uses a high-tech version of the “rhythm method,” where users track their menstrual cycles in…

Since You Asked: Hey NWHN – Would YOU Take a COVID Vaccine?

By NWHN Staff | Nov 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Since You Asked: Hey NWHN – Would YOU Take a COVID Vaccine?

This is a great question and, considering the political turmoil surrounding vaccine production, we’re not surprised it’s being asked repeatedly by reasonable people. The NWHN is pleased that the government is making vaccine development a priority, but as to whether…

I have been seeing policymakers push to have the drug Makena taken off the market. Why? What is wrong with Makena?

By NWHN Staff | Oct 21, 2020 | Comments Off on I have been seeing policymakers push to have the drug Makena taken off the market. Why? What is wrong with Makena?

Makena is a progestin injection used to reduce the risk of preterm birth, or birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, in pregnant people with a history of spontaneous preterm birth. Policymakers and health advocates, including the NWHN, are advocating to…

I’ve heard that certain personal care products and cosmetics brands contain talc that is harmful to women. Is this true? What makes talc harmful, and how does it end up in my products?

By NWHN Staff | Oct 2, 2020 | Comments Off on I’ve heard that certain personal care products and cosmetics brands contain talc that is harmful to women. Is this true? What makes talc harmful, and how does it end up in my products?

You’re right! Over the past few years, companies like Claire’s and Johnson & Johnson have been involved in investigations due to their talc-based products being contaminated with asbestos. Despite a few exceptions, current laws do not require the makers of…

I’ve noticed that the FDA has been flagging hand sanitizers as toxic. Why is that?

By NWHN Staff | Aug 4, 2020 | Comments Off on I’ve noticed that the FDA has been flagging hand sanitizers as toxic. Why is that?

Washing your hands with soap and water is a best practice for protecting yourself and others against infectious diseases, like COVID-19; to supplement hand-washing, and when you’re out and about, it is a good idea to also use hand sanitizer…