Rx for Change: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD and Charlea T. Massion, MD  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is another name for “chronic oligoanovulation”—irregular or absent ovulation resulting in  irregular or absent menstruation. PCOS may be associated with ovaries that have multiple cysts; hyperandrogenism (increased DHEA and/or testosterone); excessive facial or body hair (hirsuitism); acne; and weight gain. Diabetes, … Continued

Obesity and Your Heart

February is Heart Health Month! Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Per the American Heart Association, heart disease kills 1 in 3 women each year. These statistics may be eye-opening and nerve-wracking but here’s the thing—Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 200,000 of … Continued

Age, Weight, and My Sex Drive

I am 60 years old, obese and my cholesterol levels are high. I have no interest in sex, which is a concern for me. Could obesity and high cholesterol be affecting my sex drive?   A healthy sex life is crucial to many women and their partners. This can become more complicated with age and … Continued

New Year, Same Old Miracle Drug Spin

The holiday season is over and as usual, many people are feeling motivated to lose weight and live healthier. But for the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, this struggle just gets harder and harder, especially as we age. For many, a safe and effective weight loss pill would seem like the magic bullet we … Continued

RX for Change: Forget Fat!

We constantly hear that obesity is a killer and that the obesity epidemic will surely sink our health care system — but are a few extra pounds really bad for your health? A recent study suggests that being a little overweight may actually reduce your chance of dying.  Hear us out, though, before scarfing some … Continued

FDA Meeting – Qnexa Safety and Efficacy

Statement of Kate Ryan Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We bring the voices of women consumers to policy and regulatory decision-making bodies. We are supported by our members and do not take … Continued

FDA Meeting – Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave)

Statement of Kate Ryan, Program Coordinator Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Gastroenterology Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We bring the voices of women consumers to the policy and regulatory decisionmaking bodies. We are supported by our … Continued