Hormones

How Do I Know if I Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

By NWHN Staff | Jan 10, 2018 | Comments Off on How Do I Know if I Have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder which is very common among those with female sex organs in their reproductive age.

Hormone Risk Throughout the Lifespan

By NWHN Staff | May 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Hormone Risk Throughout the Lifespan

Millions of women take hormones every day, and yet many don’t fully realize the risks. People often forget that the birth control pill, revolutionary, game-changing medicine, is in fact, a drug. In its early form, “the Pill” had such high hormone levels and negative side effects that women, and the women’s health community, protested — and succeeded in making it safer.

Transgender Youth: Providing Medical Treatment for a Misunderstood Population

By NWHN Contributor | Jul 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Transgender Youth: Providing Medical Treatment for a Misunderstood Population

Because of society’s lack of awareness of a simple, yet complex part of human identity — gender — transgender children and teens are deeply misunderstood.

Menopause Hormone Therapy Overview

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Menopause Hormone Therapy Overview

The widespread popularity of hormone therapy in the United States is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers view menopause as a disease to be treated.

Rx for Change: The Low-Down on Low-T (or Menopause for Men)

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Sep 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: The Low-Down on Low-T (or Menopause for Men)

Does the man in your life have “Low-T” (low testosterone) Syndrome? Oh, wait; make that “the men in your life” — chances are any of the men you know over age 40 qualify for a diagnosis.

Contraceptive Safety Concerns: What’s a Responsible Feminist to Do?

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Contraceptive Safety Concerns: What’s a Responsible Feminist to Do?

Here in the U.S., we aren’t very good at talking about contraception. In fact, we’re usually down-right terrible at it! Recent conservative attacks have focused public attention on how universally accepted contraceptive use is in this country, which may make it a little easier for us to talk about. But, these attacks have serious downsides for the contraceptive conversation, too.

Menopause, Hormone Therapy, & Aging Skin-Is There a Connection?

By Cindy Pearson | Jul 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Menopause, Hormone Therapy, & Aging Skin-Is There a Connection?

Menopause hormone therapy (HT) offers probably the biggest example in modern medicine where enthusiasm for a drug’s reputed benefit trumped existing supporting science. As we’ve said before, menopause hormone “replacement” therapy was a triumph of marketing over science. 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

By NWHN Contributor | 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.