• Female Condoms
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    Female condoms are a barrier method of birth control used during intercourse to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Female condoms are the only woman-initiated barrier method that protects against STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy. The female condom is a pouch with a flexible ring at each end. The female condom is ...
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
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    The cultural impact and huge profitability of male impotence drugs have created interest in developing a parallel drug treatment for women’s sexual problems. As a result, the pharmaceutical industry has spent more than 15 years working to develop “Female Sexual Dysfunction” (FSD) drugs. The outcome of that effort, however, has been FSD drugs that just don’t ...
  • Generic Drugs
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    More than 80 percent of prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. Women get these prescriptions with the assumption that the drugs they’ve been prescribed are safe and effective. But, right now, women actually have no way of knowing if their generic drugs are safe, or whether they could actually be harmful. This ...
  • Greater Inclusion of Women in Clinical Trials
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    The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) advocates for the greater participation of women and other key groups in clinical trials for all drugs and devices, and particularly for products that are principally marketed and used by women. Age, gender, race, and ethnicity can all have a profound impact on the body’s response to medical products. Differences ...
  • Improving Access to Abortion Care
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    Abortion is a safe and effective procedure that terminates a pregnancy. Abortion is recognized worldwide as a vital part of women’s health care, women’s ability to plan their families, and women’s economic empowerment. Despite being vital to health and wellbeing, insurance coverage for abortion care in the United States varies based on a woman’s income, where ...
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
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    Over the last few years, there has been a significant surge in education and promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) throughout the mainstream reproductive health community. LARCs are reversible birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for an extended period of time, and once inserted, work without user action. LARCs include ...
  • Medication Abortion
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    Abortion with pills, also called medication abortion, is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy. To learn more about medication abortion—including alternate names, what to expect, and more—visit our fact sheet here. To read our position on self-induced abortion with pills, click here. When pregnant people visit the doctor for an abortion using pills, ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy
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    The widespread popularity of menopause hormone therapy is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers view menopause as a disease to be treated — and hormone therapy is a direct response to that misperception. The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) works to challenge this ...
  • Osteoporosis
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    Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, which makes them more susceptible to breaking. Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is more common in women than in men. The bone fractures and consequent pain and disability can seriously affect women’s health and quality of life. Some women, particularly those without good ...
  • Taking Abortion Pills on Your Own: The NWHN’s Position on Self-induced Abortion Using FDA-approved Medication
    The concept of abortion is as old as pregnancy itself; women have desired to control their fertility for as long as they have been able to get pregnant. The National Women’s Health Network defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care. As ...
  • The Marketing and Politics Behind the Promotion of Female Sexual Dysfunction and its “Pink Viagra”
    Female Sexual Dysfunction The cultural impact and multi-billion dollar profitability of male impotence drugs has accelerated the race to develop and market a parallel drug treatment for women. The overnight success of Viagra, which was developed quite incidentally in an English lab in 1998 when clinical trial volunteers testing a high blood pressure medication reported a ...
  • Weight Loss
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    Quick-fix weight loss remedies have always been popular, but they’ve gained even more momentum in recent years due to increased attention to the rising rates of obesity in the United States. Anti-obesity drugs are often touted as “miracle products” that yield results with minimal effort. Misleading ads for these products — which appear everywhere from ...