The Women’s Health Activist Newsletter

Stay Awake!

By Cindy Pearson | Jul 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Stay Awake!

“Now I’m awake to the world. I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen.” – Offred, in the Handmaid’s Tale, published 1985, Hulu television series 2017

Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps” — Matters!

By NWHN Staff | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps” — Matters!

It was Thanksgiving, late afternoon—I glanced out my window to see a woman on our new neighbor’s patio, bending over, clutching her abdomen, rocking back and forth. She was clearly in agony.

NWHN in Action – May/June 2017

By Sarah Christopherson | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on NWHN in Action – May/June 2017

What is the NWHN doing to fight for women’s rights? Read on to find out.

Rx for Change: The Real Cost of EpiPen Shots? Peanuts!

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: The Real Cost of EpiPen Shots? Peanuts!

It’s probably not a coincidence that both FARE and AAN have received substantial financial support from EpiPen’s manufacturer. Since 2011, Mylan has provided more than $10 million to fund various “educational efforts” including donations to these two groups.

Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes

By Rebecca Chalker | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes

Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end?

The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration — and What Comes Next

By Cindy Pearson | May 9, 2017 | Comments Off on The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration — and What Comes Next

Even if we can repeat the success seen so far, and maintain the resistance’s momentum, the implications for health reform, health justice, and reproductive health remain bleak for the foreseeable future. We are all in a position of trying to prevent harmful measures from being implemented, rather than implementing policies and funding programs that actually help people.

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies

By NWHN Staff | Mar 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Right to Decide? How Women’s Health Advocates Might Shape End-of-Life Policies

Advances in health care have made it possible to increase the quantity, if not always the quality, of many people’s lives. There is a growing right-to-die movement in the United States. I have been working on exploring whether, and how, veterans of the women’s health movement might engage with and shape the right-to-die movement.

Rx for Change: Jane’s History Resonates

By Laura Kaplan | Mar 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Jane’s History Resonates

Over 40 years after Jane folded when abortion was legalized, its echoes continue to reverberate. But the right to an abortion has never stopped being under attack.

Abortion Without Provider Involvement: Exercising Autonomy Beyond Partisan Politics

By NWHN Staff | Mar 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Abortion Without Provider Involvement: Exercising Autonomy Beyond Partisan Politics

The NWHN defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care.

Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury in Women

By C.M. Shifflett | Mar 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury in Women

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a concussion (a blow or jolt to the head) or loss of blood and oxygen supply to the brain.