Our Health Information Fact Sheets listed below provide medically accurate health information about everything from abortion to hormone therapy to osteoporosis.

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  • Addyi Health Fact SheetAddyi Health Fact Sheet
      What is Flibanserin (Addyi)? Flibanserin (brand name: Addyi) is the first drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat lack of sexual desire (Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder) in premenopausal women.  Although the drug is ineffective and potentially dangerous, the agency approved it in 2015 over the objections of the NWHN and others. What does ...
  • Cervical Cancer Prevention and ScreeningCervical Cancer Prevention and Screening
    Background If every woman in the world received adequate health care, almost none would die of cervical cancer. Effective treatments exist for pre-cancerous conditions and for cervical cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage. So, unless a woman has a compromised immune system, cervical cancer progresses very slowly and can be detected — and treated ...
  • COVID-19 and Experimental Drugs: Health InformationCOVID-19 and Experimental Drugs: Health Information
    How do we know when a drug is effective? New drugs are typically not brought to market quickly, as they first must be tested in animals and laboratories to understand how the drug works and then in human volunteers, where the drug is first studied for safety and then for effectiveness. Drug safety studies typically involve ...
  • Depo Provera and Bone Mineral DensityDepo Provera and Bone Mineral Density
    For decades, women’s health advocates have been concerned about the safety of Depo-Provera, the progesterone-based contraceptive shot (the shot). Some of the earliest concerns sparked by findings from animal studies have been laid to rest by carefully conducted clinical research, like studies showing that Depo does not increase women’s risk of breast cancer.1 The findings ...
  • Emergency Contraception
    Emergency Contraception (EC), also commonly known as the “morning-after pill,” is used to prevent pregnancy when a primary form of contraception fails, or contraception was not used. Emergency Contraception can be used up to five days after unprotected sex but is more effective the sooner it’s taken. When used within 24 hours after unprotected intercourse, it ...
  • Endometriosis
    This tissue lining the inside of the uterus is called the endometrium. Endometriosis is a gynecological disease that occurs when this tissue grows outside of the uterus on the surfaces of pelvic and abdominal organs. Endometriosis can occur on or under the ovaries, behind the uterus, or on the bowels or bladder; in rare occasions, it grows in other ...
  • Fact Sheet: Phexxi Contraceptive Gel
    What is Phexxi? On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new contraceptive method, “Phexxi,” expanding the number of non-hormonal, on-demand options available to users who can become pregnant. Made by Evofem Biosciences (and previously known as Amphora), Phexxi is a contraceptive in gel form that can be used instead ...
  • FibroidsFibroids
    Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors found within the uterine walls, often resulting in a change in the size or shape of the uterus. Fibroids can grow in several places:1 Submucosal: tumors grow into the uterine cavity. Intramural: tumors grow within the wall of the uterus. Subserosal: tumors grow outside the walls of the uterus. Penducluated: tumors grow on stalks coming out from the surface of ...
  • Fibroids MedicationsFibroids Medications
    Although research shows that around a third of women develop fibroids at some point in their lives, there are few non-surgical options available to patients. Recently, however, there has been a surge in development of new uterine fibroid medications designed to help patients manage and treat the condition. What is Esmya? Ulipristal acetate, brand name Esmya, ...
  • Generic DrugsGeneric Drugs
    This factsheet was written in collaboration with PharmedOUT, an independent, publicly funded project that empowers physicians to identify and counter inappropriate pharmaceutical promotion practices. PharmedOut promotes evidence-based medicine by providing news, resources, and links to pharma-free Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses. The factsheet on generic drugs can be found here.
  • Health Facts: Abortion with PillsHealth Facts: Abortion with Pills
    Medication abortion is the method of safely and effectively inducing a miscarriage using FDA-approved abortion pills What is medication abortion? The two most common methods of safely and effectively ending a pregnancy are in-clinic abortions and abortions with FDA-approved pills, also known as medication abortion. During an in-clinic abortion (sometimes called a “surgical abortion”), a medical ...
  • Health Facts: Abortion with Pills and Spontaneous MiscarriageHealth Facts: Abortion with Pills and Spontaneous Miscarriage
    In the United States, pregnant people are often discouraged from revealing their pregnancies in the first trimester. Many people feel like they can only discuss their miscarriages or abortions with their closest friends or family members, creating a veil of secrecy and shame around a very normal part of human reproduction. Fake women’s health clinics (sometimes referred ...
  • Health Facts: Hormonal Birth Control & Blood Clot Risk
    Even the safest drugs and medical devices carry some risk of side effects but with good information about the risks and benefits of various birth control methods, you can make an informed decision about what is best for you.       What are combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs)? Birth control methods that contain the hormones estrogen and progestin are called ...
  • Health Facts: Hormonal Birth Control and Blood Clot RiskHealth Facts: Hormonal Birth Control and Blood Clot Risk
    Even the safest drugs and medical devices carry some risk of side effects but with good information about the risks and benefits of various birth control methods, you can make an informed decision about what is best for you.       What are combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs)? Birth control methods that contain the hormones estrogen and progestin are called ...
  • Health Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast CancerHealth Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer
    The Problem Opponents of reproductive choice have spent years attempting to frighten women by touting a non-existent link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no evidence of such a link and the claim is not supported by research scientists or breast cancer activists. Nonetheless, anti-choice organizations continue their attempts to disseminate ...
  • Health Insurance Guide for Women
    Whether you are renewing your health insurance or enrolling for the first time, the process can be confusing. But don’t fret, help is on the way. As part of our joint initiative, Raising Women’s Voices, we developed a national campaign to help women understand how to better use their health insurance, while anticipating the costs ...
  • Herbs and PhytoestrogensHerbs and Phytoestrogens
    Many women, concerned about the health risks of the synthetic hormones used in conventional hormone therapy, are looking for natural alternatives. It’s important to know that these products are not necessarily safe just because they’re natural. The same questions we ask about drugs need to be asked of alternative therapies too: what is the specific ...
  • Hot FlashesHot Flashes
    Hot flashes, the most common symptom of menopause, are probably the one that aggravates women the most. While some women never have hot flashes and others have mild or infrequent hot flashes, some women experience dozens each day. Severe hot flashes can make it difficult to get a full night’s sleep, which, in turn, affects ...
  • HysterectomyHysterectomy
    Hysterectomy in the United States: Background Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women who are of reproductive age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006-2010, 11.7 percent of women between the ages of 40-44 had a hysterectomy.1 Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in ...
  • MammographyMammography
    Screening Mammography Sometimes the work of women’s health activists is easy. We discover that a new procedure or service can help improve women’s health; we advocate for all women to have access to it; we do everything we can to ensure that it’s provided in a high-quality way, and then we celebrate the gains made. However, ...
  • Menopause and Natural HormonesMenopause and Natural Hormones
    As women learn about the proven health risks of conventional hormone therapy drugs, many are looking for natural alternatives, such as herbs and dietary supplements, to address menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. One alternative therapy — products known as “natural hormones,” or “bio-identical hormones” — has attracted substantial new interest now that conventional hormone therapy products’ health ...