• 10 Years after HPV Vaccines’ Approval, Where Do We Stand?
    September 6, 2016
    Merck’s newest HPV-focused commercials are coming under fire for shaming and guilting parents into vaccinating their children against HPV. The unbranded commercials, that started airing nationally and on Hulu in July, open with a young women stating: “I have cervical cancer, from an infection – Human papillomavirus.” Over photos, presumably of the woman as a ...
  • Plan B & Weight: Is it still right for me?!
    May 24, 2016
    The condom broke. Or you missed a pill. As you learn about your options. you come across information that states Plan B doesn’t work for people who weigh more than 165 pounds. That’s because in 2011,  some studies indicated that Plan B Emergency Contraception (containing levonorgestrel) wasn’t effective for women over a certain weight. This ...
  • NWHN Wishes You a Happy Women’s History Month!
    March 22, 2016
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    “Who runs the world?” If you said anything other than “Girls!” go step outside and bring yourself up to speed, my dear Cro-Magnon. Once you’ve caught up, feel free to cheer loudly and join us in the 21st century as we celebrate Women’s History Month. That’s right! March is Women’s History Month! That means it ...
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again: #HandsOffMyBC!
    March 14, 2016
    Once again, a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is being challenged before the Supreme Court, with oral arguments for Zubik v. Burwell scheduled for March 23. And once again the question at the heart of the case is whether women will have access to the contraception coverage assured them by the ACA even ...
  • Get Your Sleep On
    March 7, 2016
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    We’ve all been there. The lights are low, alarms have been set. You’ve showered and, if you’re anything like me, did an interpretive dance to Outkast’s “So Fresh, So Clean”. Now you’re snuggled up in bed, preparing for a well-deserved sleep to consume your semi-weary body. Yet 20 minutes later, you find yourself staring up ...
  • Flibanserin Update: Health and Safety Concerns Continue to be Profound
    March 2, 2016
    On Monday, JAMA Internal Medicine published a systematic review evaluating the safety and efficacy of flibanserin, a drug purported to treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Unsurprisingly, the researchers reported that flibanserin’s benefits are “are marginal, particularly when taking into account the concurrent occurrence of adverse events.” Further, the researchers reported “the ...
  • More Support for Osteoporosis Prevention – Not Osteoporosis Drugs
    March 1, 2016
    Bisphosphonate use for prevention has declined in recent years – and that’s a victory!  But we’re concerned that a  recent article in the Wall Street Journal with the misleading title “More Support for Osteoporosis Drugs: The benefits of bisphosphonates outweigh the risks for many patients” (original article here) encourages the overuse of drugs that have ...
  • Essure Update: FDA Warns Women About Risks
    March 1, 2016
    Earlier today, the FDA announced that it is taking steps to make it easier for women considering sterilization to get reliable information about Essure, an implanted device.  The Network recommended that the FDA take these steps, and we’re pleased that they’re taking action on this important women’s health issue. Essure is a permanently implanted birth control ...
  • Get ready for the Rally to Protect Abortion Access on March 2!
    February 26, 2016
    On March 2, the National Women’s Health Network and thousands of other supporters will rally for reproductive rights in front of the Supreme Court. The Justices will hear arguments in the landmark case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Make sure you are one of those supporters! This is our opportunity to tell the Court and ...
  • Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who Is That Beautiful Girl I See?
    February 22, 2016
    When you hear the word beautiful in reference to another woman, what do you think? Is it her smile, her personality, or maybe her glowing eyes? For many women, beauty relates to size; how small her waist is, what size jeans she wears, and what the number on the scale is. Why is this- and ...