• What kind of disorder is lichen sclerosus? Is it rare and can it become cancerous?
    April 18, 2018
    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that mainly affects postmenopausal women, although premenopausal women and men can still experience the condition. It causes irritated skin around external genitalia such as the vulva, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive. Women experiencing lichen sclerosus often experience ...
  • Why is the maternal mortality rate so high for Black women?
    April 12, 2018
    April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week, organized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The campaign, which runs from April 11th through the 17th, aims to “amplify the voices of Black mamas, women, families, and stakeholders.” Black women’s exposure to racism can have severely detrimental health effects, such as the maternal mortality rate being three ...
  • What is the birth control implant and how is it different from an IUD?
    March 29, 2018
    A birth control implant is a small, thin rod the size of a matchstick that releases hormones which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. These implants are inserted under the skin into the upper arm area by a nurse or doctor, and they can last for up to 4 years. They are not the same ...
  • What kind of birthing choices do women have across the country in terms of midwives?
    March 22, 2018
    In Ohio, it is illegal for a midwife to birth in a hospital, and a nurse midwife cannot birth in a home or birthing center. Is this a policy that is standard across the country? It seems women aren’t allowed many birthing choices. There are a few different licensing classifications for midwifery in the United States, ...
  • How will I know what the best remedy or drug is for treating my osteoporosis?
    March 15, 2018
    Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, making bones more susceptible to breaking. Currently, the only method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis is a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) test, and unfortunately the pharmaceutical industry has been using DEXA to overdiagnose many women in ...
  • How does endometriosis affect my menstrual cycle?
    March 8, 2018
    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, so this question couldn’t have come at a better time! Symptoms of endometriosis are often written off as normal menstrual pain, so learning more about this condition is a great way to take charge of your health. Endometriosis is a condition that causes the tissue that normally lines the inside ...
  • Do women and men have significantly different symptoms for heart issues?
    March 1, 2018
    I have recently had emergency surgery to have a pacemaker installed due to the discovery that I had a level-3 heart block. I am okay and believe I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time but it made me start to think about women and heart issues. I wonder if ...
  • How often should I be giving myself a breast exam as a transgender woman?
    February 22, 2018
    There are a few different types of breast exams, including a self-performed one and screening tests performed by healthcare professionals. Doctors suggest that you should perform a breast exam on yourself at least once a month to ensure there are no abnormalities. In a self-performed exam, you use your fingertips to feel all of the ...
  • Valentine’s Day Questions: It’s Not Awkward, It’s Your Body!
    February 13, 2018
    This Valentine’s Day, NWHN is bringing you a special extended edition of Since You Asked to address questions you might be thinking about but too afraid to ask. Remember that your health comes first! Q: Why does my vagina make weird noises during and after sex? A: What you are experiencing (sometimes colloquially called “queefing”) is when ...
  • What are the best daily vitamins and mineral supplements for women?
    January 26, 2018
    Taking vitamins and mineral supplements are a part of many women’s daily routine. A number of brands now create vitamins specifically for women, creating a sort of all-encompassing multivitamin that checks all the boxes of essential nutrients. If you are looking for specific supplements, you may consider what kind of benefits you hope to gain ...
  • How much time is acceptable to spend waiting in the ER for women? I often find that my pain and circumstances are seen as “exaggerated” by doctors.
    January 17, 2018
    Emergency room patients are supposed to be immediately assessed and treated according to the urgency of their condition. The average ER patient in the U.S. waits around 28 minutes before they are seen by a doctor, but for most women, getting properly diagnosed and treated is more complicated than it should be. You may feel like ...
  • What is polycystic ovary syndrome and how do I know if I have it? Is it life threatening?
    January 10, 2018
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder which is very common among those with female sex organs in their reproductive age. The hormone imbalance results from excess amount of androgens or testosterone, making it more difficult for the body to develop an egg or release the egg during ovulation. This disrupts the overall hormone production ...
  • What is a Uterus Transplant and how dangerous is it?
    December 12, 2017
    While having children is not a goal for every single woman, there are many women who would like to conceive and give birth to a child at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes there are challenges experienced when trying to conceive a child. Making it difficult, and in some cases not possible, for a ...
  • My bone cells were compromised from taking Prolia medication. What other treatments do you recommend to help me with osteoporosis?
    December 4, 2017
    My bone cells were compromised from taking Prolia medication. What other treatments do you recommend to help me with osteoporosis? Prolia is a medication treatment option for people with osteoporosis. Prolia is a type of monoclonal antibody, which stops the natural breakdown of bones. Due to its long list of side effects and potential long term ...
  • I am a transitioning transgender woman. What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy on my body?
    November 17, 2017
    When an individual is transitioning to become a transgender woman, this means they are undergoing the process to transform biological male characteristics to ones similar to a biological female. Hormone replacement therapy is a process common among transgender people during transition to help create these changes. Hormone replacement therapy for trans women may include three ...
  •  I have a strong history of osteoporosis in my family. I would like to know what is the recommended age to begin getting bone scans?
    November 9, 2017
    Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is often used to detect and diagnosis osteoporosis in patients. Bone mass peaks around age 30 and then declines – women tend to lose bone most rapidly during menopause. Age is ...
  • I am a pregnant female under the age of 18. How can I get a safe abortion without my parents’ consent?
    November 1, 2017
    With stigma, situational factors or personal opinions surrounding a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions, it can be hard for young women to feel comfortable sharing this decision with their parents. Currently, all 50 states allow women under the age of 18 to get an abortion, but with varying restrictions. States have their own ...
  • What are my options for treating hot flashes?
    October 26, 2017
      Many women who reach the point of menopause experience hot flashes as a common side effect. While hot flashes are relatively normal and an anticipated side effect of the natural changes that occur during menopause, some women may have harsher symptoms than others. As a result some women seek various treatment methods to help alleviate ...
  • How will Donald Trump’s new rules on birth control affect me?
    October 18, 2017
    On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration published two new rules, effective immediately, undermining the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance plans cover all 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control without copay or deductible. The new rules allow most employers to strip birth control coverage from their employees for religious reasons or for undefined “moral ...
  • I have always heard that women have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Why is this? What can I do to reduce my risk?
    October 5, 2017
    There are many misconceptions about how gender impacts the risk of cardiovascular disease, commonly referred to as heart disease. Heart disease is not just one specific illness. It refers to a range of conditions that affect your heart. There are multiple types of heart disease. The most common type is coronary heart disease which is ...