What are the best daily vitamins and mineral supplements for women?

Taking vitamins and mineral supplements are a part of many women’s daily routine. A number of brands now create vitamins specifically for women, creating a sort of all-encompassing multivitamin that checks all the boxes of essential nutrients. If you are looking for specific supplements, you may consider what kind of benefits you hope to gain … Continued

Is the copper IUD more or less effective than the hormonal IUD?

The term IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is one of many forms of contraception available to women for preventing pregnancy. An IUD is typically a small t-shaped device the size of a quarter that is inserted inside the uterus. The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and … Continued

The Heated Battle for Healthcare

By Allyson Paiewonsky, NWHN Communications Intern On a hot June day in D.C, I headed to a rally on Capitol Hill to save healthcare with three other summer interns from the National Women’s Health Network. We saw group of protesters waving signs urging the Senate to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and save Medicaid. … Continued

Young Feminist — Dating Apps: Finger Swipes as a Silent Act of Feminism

By Caila Brander At face value, dating apps can look a bit silly. Swipe, swipe, click, swipe — in a few minutes, you can make hundreds of snap judgments about other single people based on a few photos and brief bio. Dating apps put matchmaking into the palms of our hands, delivering potential partners as … Continued

Who Cares? How Doulas Engage in Radical Acts of Kindness

By Mary Mahoney, LCSW and Lauren Mitchell, M.S. At a workshop last fall on “creating a more inclusive organization,” the facilitator passed around a sheet of paper with 30 key values listed on it. “Please circle the five values that you think are most important to the health and well-being of your organization,” he told … Continued

Stay Awake!

By Cynthia Pearson “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 The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence happened. We didn’t stop it; 42 percent of people didn’t vote and the majority of White women … Continued

Snapshots – July/August 2017

Hysterectomy, the most common treatment for fibroids, is over-performed and often unnecessary. The NWHN recommends women explore less invasive and expensive treatments, including uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a process that shrinks fibroids by cutting off their blood supply. A study that analyzed information from a national database on U.S. hospital stays between 2007–2013 found fibroid-related … Continued

An NWHN Event to Remember!

Last week, The National Women’s Health Network was proud to host the 10th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health. Supporters and members of the National Women’s Health Network celebrated the Network’s recent achievements and recognized the work of two remarkable women, Susan F. Wood and Renee Bracey Sherman. Board Member, Zipatly Mendoza … Continued

Snapshots – May/June 2017

Many women with reproductive cancers (or a high risk of such cancers) often have both ovaries removed during hysterectomy, in order to prevent the development of ovarian cancer at a later date. Yet doing so may increase the risk of other, more common, health risks. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of the English Hospital Episode … Continued

The National Women’s Health Network is Outraged by Today’s Vote!

Today, the House of Representatives voted 217 – 213 to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pass Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA). This harmful legislation was rushed to the House floor and voted on before the full implications of this bill have been revealed. The National Women’s Health Network strongly opposes the AHCA … Continued