Our Health Information Fact Sheets listed below provide medically accurate health information about everything from abortion to hormone therapy to osteoporosis.

To learn more about our positions and policy goals on a variety of specific women’s health topics, visit our Advocacy Fact Sheets.

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  • Menopause Hormone Therapy and Cardiovascular Protection
    Does Age Matter? What We Know So Far About Age of Initiation of Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease in Women. You may have thought that the controversy over prescribing hormone therapy for cardiovascular protection was resolved in 2002 when the Women’s Health Initiative was abruptly halted due to the finding that study participants who took hormone ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease
    No form of estrogen, or estrogen plus progestin, has been proven to prevent heart disease. Yet millions of women have taken these powerful drugs, encouraged by physicians who believed that HT prevented heart disease. Conclusive studies have now proven definitively that the most commonly used forms of HT do not prevent the progression of heart ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy and Ovarian Cancer
    For decades, women approaching and experiencing menopause have been advised by their doctors and urged by extensive advertising campaigns to use hormone therapy to treat symptoms, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and to ward off age-related illness and conditions, like heart disease and wrinkles. With the release of results from the Women’s Health Initiative ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy Overview
    The widespread popularity of hormone therapy (HT) in the United States is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers present menopause as a disease. In fact, it is a normal transition that occurs in all women. For decades, we’ve been told that the use of ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy: Timing Doesn’t Matter
    It’s OK when you have symptoms, but don’t use it for prevention. The National Women’s Health Network has always supported menopause hormone therapy (HT) for symptom relief. Most symptoms associated with menopause are worse immediately before or after periods finally stop, but some, like vaginal dryness, can cause problems for women many years after menopause. The ...
  • Menstrual Suppression
    What woman hasn’t at least occasionally wished she could avoid having her period? For decades some women have taken their traditional birth control pills on a non-traditional schedule in order to manipulate the timing of their periods – for example, to avoid menstruating during a vacation, athletic competition or another important personal event. There are ...
  • Microbicides
    Introduction 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. Around the world, women’s health and lives are at risk every day because there are too few options for STI protection. Although not yet on the ...
  • Natural Cycles Fertility Awareness App
    What is it? Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception approved by the FDA. Visit our advocacy fact sheet to learn more about the role of politics in expediting the FDA’s approval of Natural Cycles and why consumers should think twice. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called ...
  • Opioids and Women: From Prescription to Addiction
    What are Opioids? Opioids are morphine-like drugs used commonly for pain relief. They are very effective for short-term moderate-to-severe pain due to surgery or injury, and can be crucial for cancer pain. However, opioids have been increasingly prescribed for other types of pain. About half of the US opioid market is chronic, non-cancer pain including back, ...
  • Osteoporosis: Innovations in Screening and Diagnostics
    There is currently only one method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis, the DEXA test (short for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry). The DEXA test attempts to predict which women are at risk of bone fracture based on an assessment of their bone density. But there’s a fundamental problem with this method – bone density is not ...
  • Osteoporosis: Screening and Diagnosis
    Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become fragile and susceptible to breaking. Fractures, and the consequent pain and disability they cause, can seriously affect a person’s health and quality of life. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, and some women experience fractures that could have been prevented if their osteoporosis ...
  • Osteoporosis: Treatment
    Osteoporosis treatment has radically changed in a relatively short period. In the early 1990s, women had few treatment options. Now, there are many different types of treatments available. This has created a dilemma for women trying to decide which, if any, of these medications they need. Women want to know when it is appropriate to ...
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. PCOS causes a woman’s body to produce excessive amounts of androgens or testosterone, hormones that are associated with male sex characteristics and reproduction. PCOS disrupts the balance of both follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the hormone that causes the follicle and egg to ...
  • 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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  In 1992, after evaluating existing research on the safety and efficacy of silicone implants, the FDA took them off the general use market ...