Communicating with Your Health Care Provider

It’s 10:30 in the morning and you’ve already been waiting for an hour to see your doctor. You’re called back and complete intake questions with a nurse, highlight the main reason for your visit. Then you wait another 30 minutes before the doctor enters your exam room. You may feel rushed to answer the doctor’s … Continued

Tell the FDA to Put Health Ahead of Profits!

Drug prices are skyrocketing — and Big Pharma is raking in record profits.  Meanwhile, health care costs are increasing for all Americans. Big Pharma spends billions of dollars on misleading advertisements to convince people to seek out overpriced drugs that don’t work or they don’t need. Women urgently need an independent advocate they can trust. … Continued

Women’s Lives Depend on You

On December 16, 1975, a memorial service was held outside of the Food and Drug Administration in memory of the women who died because the agency failed to warn them about dangerous drugs such as menopause hormone therapy. It was our very first public action as the National Women’s Health Network. The Network was founded … Continued

Why is Science Under Fire?

Science is under fire in the U.S. Congress, and a central line of attack is to cut funds for Federally supported research. Whether such attacks are motivated by ideological opposition to specific research areas, or a desire to decrease government spending by cutting programs that Members of Congress deem to be “wasteful”, reducing research funding … Continued

Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore

Back in February, a new study, this one published in the British Medical Journal, again questioned the value of screening mammography in the general population. This is a “gold standard” study with a large randomized sample followed over a significant time period: “Twenty five year follow-up for breast cancer incidence and mortality of the Canadian … Continued

Environmental Toxins Threaten Reproductive Health and Justice

Amidst the hard-fought battles to protect and expand access to basic reproductive health care, including abortion care and contraception, we don’t often stop to connect the dots between reproductive health and environmental health. This is due partly to the siloed nature of our two movements, and to the historically defensive nature of work to protect … Continued

Reproductive (In)justice: Women and Mothers in Prison

As Mother’s Day approaches and you make phone calls across the country, stop across town, or gather in the memory of a mother to honor and show your love, we ask you think about our mothers and women in prison.1 In many cultures and traditions, love is expressed through compassion, something not often shown to incarcerated … Continued

Snapshots

A new study confirms that young women who get a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine do not engage in riskier sexual behavior as a result of it. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. and a major cause of cervical cancer. Researchers gathered information from 339 participants about their demographics, knowledge … Continued

Young Feminist: Real Women Make Choices

When people ask what I do for a living, there’s always an awkward pause as I consider the situation. I’ve answered, vaguely, that I work in a doctor’s office; cheerily, that I work in women’s health care; and, bluntly, that I work at an abortion clinic. It is unfortunate that abortion has been so stigmatized that … Continued