• Abortion Care and Insurance Coverage
    Abortion is a safe and effective procedure that terminates a pregnancy. Abortion is recognized worldwide as a vital part of women’s health care, women’s ability to plan their families, and women’s economic empowerment. Despite being vital to health and wellbeing, insurance coverage for abortion care in the United States varies based on a woman’s income, where ...
  • Abortion with Pills (Medication Abortion): Policy Issues
    Abortion with pills, also called medication abortion, is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy. To learn more about medication abortion—including alternate names, what to expect, and more—visit our health information fact sheet. To read our position on self-managed abortion with pills, click here. When pregnant people visit the doctor for an abortion using ...
  • Abortion with Pills without a Clinician: The NWHN’s Position on Self-managed Abortion Using FDA-approved Medication
    The concept of abortion is as old as pregnancy itself; women have desired to control their fertility for as long as they have been able to get pregnant. The National Women’s Health Network defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care. As ...
  • Better Screening, Treatment for Osteoporosis
    Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile. This makes bones more susceptible to breaking. Bone fractures attributed to osteoporosis affect an estimated 1.5 million people annually and can seriously impact one’s health and quality of life. Some women, particularly those without good access to ...
  • Challenging Dangerous Drugs and Devices
    Challenging Dangerous Drugs and Devices Women face health risks from drugs, medical devices, and medical treatments that are unsafe, ineffective, or unnecessary for their specific situation. The National Women’s Health Network’s (NWHN) Challenging Dangerous Drugs and Devices Campaign takes on a wide array of unsafe and unproven drugs and medical devices that companies hope to build ...
  • Female Condoms
    Female condoms are a barrier method of birth control used during intercourse to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Female condoms are the only woman-initiated barrier method that protects against STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy. The female condom is a pouch with a flexible ring at each end. The female condom is ...
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
    The cultural impact and huge profitability of male impotence drugs have created interest in developing a parallel drug treatment for women’s sexual problems. As a result, the pharmaceutical industry has spent more than 15 years working to develop “Female Sexual Dysfunction” (FSD) drugs. The outcome of that effort, however, has been FSD drugs that just don’t ...
  • Generic Drugs
    More than 80 percent of prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. Women get these prescriptions with the assumption that the drugs they’ve been prescribed are safe and effective. But, right now, women actually have no way of knowing if their generic drugs are safe, or whether they could actually be harmful. This ...
  • Greater Inclusion of Women in Clinical Trials
    The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) advocates 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. Age, gender, race, and ethnicity can all have a profound impact on the body’s response to medical products. Differences ...
  • Let Women Get the Abortion Pill (Mifepristone) from Pharmacies
    In exciting news this week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an effort to remove medically unnecessary barriers and make medication abortion more accessible. Since its approval in France in 1987, scientists and doctors have known that medication abortion, also called abortion with pills, is a safe and ...
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
    Over the last few years, there has been a significant surge in education and promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) throughout the mainstream reproductive health community. LARCs are reversible birth control methods that are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for an extended period of time, and once inserted, work without user action. LARCs include ...
  • Menopause Hormone Therapy
    The widespread popularity of menopause hormone therapy is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers view menopause as a disease to be treated — and hormone therapy is a direct response to that misperception. The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) works to challenge this ...
  • NWHN Statement on Trump Executive Order Undermining the Affordable Care Act
    For Immediate Release: Contact: Evita Almassi, ealmassi@nwhn.org Telephone: (202) 682-2640 NWHN Statement on Trump Executive Order Undermining the Affordable Care Act Washington, D.C. – Today, Donald Trump issued an executive order attacking key consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for people buying health insurance on the small business and individual markets. The order directs federal agencies to ...
  • NWHN Statement to the FDA: Benefit-Risk Assessment in Drug Regulatory Decision-Making
    Statement of Caila Brander, Policy Coordinator Presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Benefit-Risk Assessment in Drug Regulatory Decision-Making Request for Public Comments Docket No. FDA-2017-N-4076 My name is Caila Brander and I am the Policy Coordinator at The National Women’s Health Network, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works to improve the health of all women. We are ...
  • Pass on the Pink Pill – Or Pass Out!
    Pass on the Pink Pill – Or Pass Out! In 2015, the FDA buckled to pressure from a savvy astroturf campaign and approved the female libido drug flibanserin (brand name: Addyi). In response, the National Women’s Health Network launched the “Pass on the Pink Pill – Or Pass Out” campaign to warn women of the marginal benefits and serious side ...
  • Securing Sexual & Reproductive Health and Autonomy
    The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) supports access to safe and effective reproductive health technologies, services, and information without restrictions driven by ideology. The Campaign defends women’s sexual and reproductive health and autonomy against anti-choice threats that seek to undermine access to contraception and abortion care.  We also promote access to unbiased, accurate information about how ...
  • Standing up against Trump’s attack on birth control
    Last week the Trump Administration released two new rules to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraception coverage, effective immediately. Unless the courts stop them, millions of employers will have the right to deny their employees birth control coverage for any reason—or no reason at all. What has the contraceptive coverage rule meant for women and ...
  • The Marketing and Politics Behind the Promotion of Female Sexual Dysfunction and its “Pink Viagra”
    Female Sexual Dysfunction The cultural impact and multi-billion dollar profitability of male impotence drugs has accelerated the race to develop and market a parallel drug treatment for women. The overnight success of Viagra, which was developed quite incidentally in an English lab in 1998 when clinical trial volunteers testing a high blood pressure medication reported a ...
  • Trump’s FDA and PenceWorld: The Battles Ahead
    “The president has left his stamp on government in ways that could outlast him, but the NHWN will be there to shine a spotlight.” As I write this, it’s impossible to know what is going to become of Donald Trump, currently mired in controversy. Each day brings new scandal and, with it, the possibility that he ...
  • Weight Loss
    Quick-fix weight loss remedies have always been popular, but they’ve gained even more momentum in recent years due to increased attention to the rising rates of obesity in the United States. Anti-obesity drugs are often touted as “miracle products” that yield results with minimal effort. Misleading ads for these products — which appear everywhere from ...