• Ending the Endometriosis Silence
    March 24, 2017
    The 4th annual Worldwide Endometriosis March will take place on March 25th. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects women during their reproductive years. It occurs when uterine-lining tissue is found growing outside of the uterus, typically resulting in immense pain during and between periods, heavy and long menstrual cycles, gastrointestinal upsets, and fatigue. There ...
  • The ACA Turns 7 Today! What Has It Meant for Women?
    March 23, 2017
    ACA - Blog
    Today we celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest leap forward for women’s health in a generation. Those first two words of the law’s name are often dropped for convenience but as we reflect on everything the law has done, it’s important to remember that “patient protection” ...
  • Why Insurance Doesn’t Work Like a Salad Bar
    March 16, 2017
    One of the most controversial debates stemming from Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been over maternity coverage and who should pay for it. Under the ACA, coverage for maternity and newborn care—like coverage for mental health care, prescription drugs, and more—is part of the essential health benefits package that insurance ...
  • The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Get Tested!
    March 9, 2017
      For 12 years, March 10 has been observed as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The CDC estimates that over 280,000 women are living with HIV and of those women, 11% don’t know they are infected. The theme for NWGHAAD is: The Best Defense is a Good Offense. This theme speaks volumes because ...
  • Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!
    March 6, 2017
    The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which measures how well the method works ...
  • Obesity and Your Heart
    February 8, 2017
    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 ...
  • From Phantom Activist to Marching on the Streets of Washington, D.C.
    January 26, 2017
    interns Kelly Caila and Cindy
    I have many prominent memories from the Women’s March on Washington. Hearing the cheers of half a million people reverberate through the buildings on Independence Avenue, all calling for change. Starting the march, our energy electric, singing and chanting as we made our way to Pennsylvania Avenue. Watching as the sea of pink flooded every ...
  • NWHN endorses the Women’s March on Washington
    January 6, 2017
    The National Women’s Health Network supports the mission of the Women’s March, and is proud to join in this effort to send a bold message to the new government that women’s rights are human rights. We are inspired by the hundreds of thousands of supporters of women’s rights who have spontaneously engaged in the March. ...
  • Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs
    December 9, 2016
    There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. The debate around appropriate promotion of LARCs ...
  • Letter to the Editor: Why Some Women are Afraid to Treat Osteoporosis
    October 24, 2016
    As a longtime Washington Post subscriber and women’s health advocate, I was disappointed to see “Why some women are afraid to treat osteoporosis” published on your website Tuesday. The author, in an attempt to emphasize the importance of appropriately treating osteoporosis, dismisses the very real and serious risks of bisphosphonate use. Bisphosphonates can be effective in treating ...