To learn more about our three major policy advocacy campaigns, visit our overview HERE. The advocacy fact sheets listed below describe our positions and policy goals on a variety of specific women’s health topics within each campaign.

You can also check out our Health Information Fact Sheets for medically accurate health information about everything from abortion to hormone therapy to osteoporosis.

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  • 10 Things to Know About Trump’s Title X Rule10 Things to Know About Trump’s Title X Rule
    On June 1, 2018, the Trump administration proposed drastic changes to Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.  This proposed rule is #MoreThanAGagRule and threatens to take away quality, affordable reproductive health care and information from millions of people.   1. It would ban Title X providers from providing abortions on site, ...
  • Clinical Trials: Greater Inclusion of WomenClinical Trials: Greater Inclusion of Women
    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 ...
  • Oral Health is a Women’s Health IssueOral Health is a Women’s Health Issue
    Oral health is essential to a woman’s health through her lifespan and particularly during pregnancy. But far too many women —even pregnant women — lack access to comprehensive and affordable dental insurance. Receiving regular dental care is even more difficult for low-income women and women of color. Women and Oral Health Women face unique risks for oral ...
  • Osteoporosis: Better Screening, Treatment Policy IssuesOsteoporosis: Better Screening, Treatment Policy Issues
    Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile. This makes bones more susceptible to breaking. Bone fractures attributed to osteoporosis affect an estimated 1.5 million people annually and can seriously impact one’s health and quality of life. Some women, particularly those without good access to ...
  • Our View: Self-Managed Abortion with FDA-Approved Medication Is Safe and EffectiveOur View: Self-Managed Abortion with FDA-Approved Medication Is Safe and Effective
    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 ...
  • Policy Facts: Abortion with Pills (Medication Abortion)Policy Facts: Abortion with Pills (Medication Abortion)
    Abortion with pills, also called medication abortion, is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy by inducing miscarriage. When pregnant people visit the doctor for an abortion using pills, they are most often prescribed two different drugs, to be taken 1-2 days apart. Mifepristone (brand name Mifeprex®) is taken first. Misoprostol (brand name ...
  • Policy Facts: Insurance Coverage of Abortion CarePolicy Facts: Insurance Coverage of Abortion Care
    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 ...
  • Policy Issues: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)Policy Issues: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
    In recent years, there has been a surge in the education and promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). 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 intrauterine devices (IUDs, pictured) and contraceptive implants like ...
  • Sex Drugs for Women: Myths and Marketing MessagesSex Drugs for Women: Myths and Marketing Messages
    Myth:  Addyi is female Viagra Headline writers like cute titles, so “female Viagra” was an inevitable nickname for a women’s sex drug.  And Addyi pills are pink, sending a not-so-subtle message that women have a pink pill for sex, just like men have a blue pill for sex. But that’s where the similarities end. Viagra (chemical name: ...
  • Smartphone Contraception: Policy IssuesSmartphone Contraception: Policy Issues
    Is Natural Cycles a Sign of 21st Century Innovation or Mike Pence’s Influence in the FDA? In August 2018, Natural Cycles became the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in which ...
  • Toxic CosmeticsToxic Cosmetics
    With few exceptions, current federal law does not require cosmetics manufacturers to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before their products go on the market. Manufacturers aren’t required to: list all of their ingredients test their products use good manufacturing practices to prevent contamination even recall products they know are dangerous  The two most important laws pertaining ...
  • Weight LossWeight Loss
    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 ...