• What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 
    June 4, 2019
    What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 
    By Sarah Christopherson In response to the confirmation of two hard-right Supreme Court justices and an increasingly hostile judiciary that threatens women’s access to clinic-based abortion, the NWHN has been working hard to demystify medication abortion for the public and push back against medically unnecessary restrictions imposed by states and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ...
  • FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on Breast Implant Safety
    April 15, 2019
    FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel meeting on Breast Implant Safety
    By Tessa Ruff On March 26 and 27, the FDA convened a meeting of the General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel to investigate the safety of breast implants following a reported link between textured implants and lymphoma, as well as a range of reported systemic autoimmune symptoms following implantation, collectively known as breast implant illness (BII). ...
  • Conflating anti-science agendas: anti-abortion is not an argument for anti-vaccination
    April 11, 2019
    Conflating anti-science agendas: anti-abortion is not an argument for anti-vaccination
    By Tessa Ruff In Kentucky this spring, unvaccinated eighteen-year-old Jerome Kunkel sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department when he was blocked from participating in his school’s basketball team following a chickenpox outbreak at his private Catholic school. The health department had implemented a three-week ban for unvaccinated students to attend classes or participate in extracurricular activities ...
  • Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Means Confronting Racism Baked into the Program
    April 3, 2019
    Protecting and Expanding Medicaid Means Confronting Racism Baked into the Program
    I received innumerable calls in the last few months encouraging me to sign up for Medicare. The callers know one important fact about me: I’m turning 65 soon. With a few exceptions, age is all that counts with Medicare. Turn 65 and you’re eligible. The story was different when my 27-year-old daughter enrolled in Medicaid during ...
  • Contraception Self-Advocacy
    March 7, 2019
    Contraception Self-Advocacy
    By Tessa Ruff Human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and pregnancy intention are all complicated issues. And, people must balance a range of trade-offs when selecting the contraceptive option that works best for their unique situation. Many methods are available, which work differently and have diverse side effects, as well as other important considerations. Complicating matters, what one ...
  • The NWHN Testifies for the Use of Better Evidence at the FDA
    February 27, 2019
    The NWHN Testifies for the Use of Better Evidence at the FDA
    By Tessa Ruff In 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as a Class III device—the highest risk category—in response to over 20,000 adverse event reports during a three-year period alone. The NWHN actively fought for the change, which also should have required manufacturers to submit thorough, randomized safety and ...
  • Taking on Gender Bias in Clinical Trials
    February 26, 2019
    Taking on Gender Bias in Clinical Trials
    By: Caitlin Hoff, Consumer Advocate at ConsumerSafety and NWHN Staff The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) has long advocated for the greater participation of women and other key groups in clinical trials for all drugs and devices, and particularly for products that are principally marketed and used by women.  For decades, health research was done on men ...
  • My “Baby Friendly” Hospital Harmed My Baby: How Hospitals Can Do Better
    February 6, 2019
    My "Baby Friendly" Hospital Harmed My Baby: How Hospitals Can Do Better
    The decision to breast- or formula-feed is a highly personal one, with the right answer varying parent to parent. But this is not an article about the benefits of breastfeeding or about concerns that previous studies may have exaggerated those benefits. This isn’t an overview of the long coercive history of formula companies or the ...
  • How Medication Abortion Changes the Narrative of Self-Managed Abortions
    January 29, 2019
    How Medication Abortion Changes the Narrative of Self-Managed Abortions
    By Tessa Ruff “I have had transmasculine patients who have told me they would not feel comfortable seeking an abortion in a clinic—a waiting room full of female-identified people can be triggering. I have had a patient tell me that taking any more time off of work would risk them getting fired or that finding ...
  • Good News Can Be Hard to Find: How you can fight the spread of rightwing propaganda and misinformation
    January 28, 2019
    Good News Can Be Hard to Find:  How you can fight the spread of rightwing propaganda and misinformation
    In the wake of historic election gains for women last fall and opinion polls this month showing that Americans (correctly) blamed Donald Trump for the longest government shutdown in history, it’s easy to feel complacent. It might seem like we’ve overcome the information challenges that defined the 2016 election when, for example, the media’s obsession ...