Women’s Health FAQs

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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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…

Why Am I Hearing About a New Study on Essure When It’s No Longer In Use?

By Evita Almassi | Jul 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Why Am I Hearing About a New Study on Essure When It’s No Longer In Use?

Essure (a permanent non-hormonal, non-surgical birth control method) is no longer available in the U.S. – but many women still have the device in place, and a study of the device, mandated by the FDA is ongoing.

What Do Racial Health Disparities Look Like During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By NWHN Staff | Jun 11, 2020 | Comments Off on What Do Racial Health Disparities Look Like During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

According to the CDC, the disproportionate burden of coronavirus felt by communities of color can be attributed to numerous structural factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: working conditions for essential workers, a lack of paid sick leave, and uninsurance. About a quarter of the Latinx and Black populations in the United States are employed in the service industry, compared to 16% of the White population.