Gynecological Health

Supporting Female Caregivers, Who Are Indispensable to Families, Communities, and Our Country

By NWHN Staff | Jan 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Supporting Female Caregivers, Who Are Indispensable to Families, Communities, and Our Country

They call us the “Sandwich Generation,” which sounds kind of nice. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich? But that phrase obscures a reality that virtually every woman either faces today or will face tomorrow: caring for herself while simultaneously looking after her children, parents, in-laws and, sometimes, grandparents. All this while coping with a challenging economy and a health care system that fails to consistently deliver high-quality, well-coordinated care.

Genitally Feminist and Healthy

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Genitally Feminist and Healthy

Heart-shaped pubic patch? Take it all off? Vajazzle it with sequins? Deodorant? Bleach? Cosmetic surgery? There’s an astounding range of products and services available these days for changing the appearance of female genitals.

Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Nov 26, 2009 | Comments Off on Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones

If you or your mother became menopausal between the 1960s and 90s, you know that most women were pressured to take hormones from their first hot flash until their death. A friend joked that all women would be clutching a vial of Premarin on their death-beds. Joking aside, all Network members should be proud to be part of the only national membership organization that consistently opposed estrogen for disease prevention.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Ending the Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Ending the Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

One day around two years ago, while examining my body, I discovered a pelvic organ prolapse. Being a health researcher, I immediately started researching what I was facing. Two gynecologists I saw were ready to wheel me into surgery for a hysterectomy, and offered no alternatives, because I was menopausal, and therefore “do not need” my uterus.

Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

Early puberty is becoming the norm, not the exception. The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned a meta-analysis of existing data on this subject in order to explore research indicating that early menarche is a risk factor for later development of breast cancer.

The Treatment and Mistreatment of Chronic “Urgency and Frequency”- Gathering Women’s Experiences About Interstitial Cystitis

By NWHN Staff | Mar 19, 2009 | Comments Off on The Treatment and Mistreatment of Chronic “Urgency and Frequency”- Gathering Women’s Experiences About Interstitial Cystitis

In 1970 I had a bladder infection, hardly a cause for alarm. My gynecologist cleared up the infection with antibiotics but sent me to a urologist just to be on the safe side. Little did I know that I had just embarked upon a course of pain, repeated treatments, and frustration that would last for the next three decades.

Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause

When was the last time you heard a joke suggesting that sex invariably goes ever downhill or totally crashes after menopause? Like yesterday? This concept was boldly reaffirmed — without reference to reliable research — at a conference on menopause held by the National Institutes of Health in 2005!

From Pain to Wisdom: What I Learned From My Endometriosis

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2008 | Comments Off on From Pain to Wisdom: What I Learned From My Endometriosis

I doubled over and groaned as the stabbing sensation worsened in my abdomen. I was in the middle of a math test my sophomore year of high school, but the Pythagorean Theorem was the last thing on my mind. I was imagining punching my doctor in the face for telling me to simply take more Advil the next time that my cramps began.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2007 | Comments Off on 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.

Hold the Hype on HPV

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Hold the Hype on HPV

A week before my 27th birthday, I’ve been thinking beyond my usual self-assessments and musings on the number of candles on my birthday cake. I can’t stop wondering where women my age see themselves in the context of the ongoing, frenzied debate over Gardasil, the only FDA-approved vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV).