Gynecological Health

Pelvic Pain That Won’t Go Away

By NWHN Staff | Jul 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Pelvic Pain That Won’t Go Away

Are you experiencing pelvic pain that just won’t go away? Pelvic pain is just one of many symptoms women may experience when diagnosed with uterine fibroids also known as “leiomyoma” or “myoma”. Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids can range in size from seedlings, undetectable to the eye, to a bulky mass the size of a grapefruit.

Hysterectomy

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Hysterectomy

A Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus that may involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and other surrounding structures. It may be done for a variety of reasons: Uterine fibroids, bleeding, Uterine prolapse and Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries.

Menstrual Suppression

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on 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.

Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening

By NWHN Staff | Jul 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Screening

If every woman in the world received adequate health care, almost none would die of cervical cancer. Effective treatments exist for pre-cancerous conditions and for cervical cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage.

Cervical Cancer: Forgotten but Not Gone

By NWHN Staff | Jun 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Cervical Cancer: Forgotten but Not Gone

Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month? This year alone, over 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Over 4,000 women will die as a result of this disease. 

Less Safe and More Expensive: The FDA Approves New Use of the HPV Test

By NWHN Staff | Apr 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Less Safe and More Expensive: The FDA Approves New Use of the HPV Test

By giving Roche, the company that makes the HPV test, the okay to market it to use alone to screen for cervical cancer, the FDA is exposing women to unnecessary health risks and opening the door to a change in medical practice that will abandon evidence-based guidelines and drive up costs. Why would the FDA approve an unsafe use of a test?

Spread the Word, Not the Virus!

By Prisca Maldonado | Apr 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Spread the Word, Not the Virus!

Did you know that half of all sexually active individuals in the United States would get an STD by the time they’re 25? Sounds viral, right? This statistic sounds outrageous, but in today’s society where many young people view sex as casual, it’s not hard to believe.

Menstruation and Female Body Perception: Asana to Acceptance

By NWHN Staff | Jan 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Menstruation and Female Body Perception: Asana to Acceptance

Yoga has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry catering mostly to the female population. While much of yoga has been adapted to fit the needs of modern women, some out-of-date recommendations remain.

PrEP-ception: Using PrEP to Reduce HIV Transmission Risk During Conception

By Julia Newman | May 1, 2014 | Comments Off on PrEP-ception: Using PrEP to Reduce HIV Transmission Risk During Conception

We don’t have a cure for AIDS yet, but, in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved daily use of Truvada (an anti-retroviral drug combination containing tenofovir and emtricitabine) for “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)” to reduce the risk of HIV transmission during sexual intercourse.

U.S. Women Want Answers on PrEP

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2013 | Comments Off on U.S. Women Want Answers on PrEP

We’ve come a long way in treating HIV/AIDS, but there is a strong need for more and better tools that can prevent transmission and stem the tide of infection. So, last year, HIV/AIDS activists celebrated when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada, a drug that can reduce the risk of HIV infection.