• Valentine’s Day Questions: It’s Not Awkward, It’s Your Body!
    February 13, 2018
    This Valentine’s Day, NWHN is bringing you a special extended edition of Since You Asked to address questions you might be thinking about but too afraid to ask. Remember that your health comes first! Q: Why does my vagina make weird noises during and after sex? A: What you are experiencing (sometimes colloquially called “queefing”) is when ...
  • What are the best daily vitamins and mineral supplements for women?
    January 26, 2018
    Taking vitamins and mineral supplements are a part of many women’s daily routine. A number of brands now create vitamins specifically for women, creating a sort of all-encompassing multivitamin that checks all the boxes of essential nutrients. If you are looking for specific supplements, you may consider what kind of benefits you hope to gain ...
  • How much time is acceptable to spend waiting in the ER for women? I often find that my pain and circumstances are seen as “exaggerated” by doctors.
    January 17, 2018
    Emergency room patients are supposed to be immediately assessed and treated according to the urgency of their condition. The average ER patient in the U.S. waits around 28 minutes before they are seen by a doctor, but for most women, getting properly diagnosed and treated is more complicated than it should be. You may feel like ...
  • What is polycystic ovary syndrome and how do I know if I have it? Is it life threatening?
    January 10, 2018
    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder which is very common among those with female sex organs in their reproductive age. The hormone imbalance results from excess amount of androgens or testosterone, making it more difficult for the body to develop an egg or release the egg during ovulation. This disrupts the overall hormone production ...
  • What is a Uterus Transplant and how dangerous is it?
    December 12, 2017
    While having children is not a goal for every single woman, there are many women who would like to conceive and give birth to a child at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, sometimes there are challenges experienced when trying to conceive a child. Making it difficult, and in some cases not possible, for a ...
  • My bone cells were compromised from taking Prolia medication. What other treatments do you recommend to help me with osteoporosis?
    December 4, 2017
    My bone cells were compromised from taking Prolia medication. What other treatments do you recommend to help me with osteoporosis? Prolia is a medication treatment option for people with osteoporosis. Prolia is a type of monoclonal antibody, which stops the natural breakdown of bones. Due to its long list of side effects and potential long term ...
  • I am a transitioning transgender woman. What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy on my body?
    November 17, 2017
    When an individual is transitioning to become a transgender woman, this means they are undergoing the process to transform biological male characteristics to ones similar to a biological female. Hormone replacement therapy is a process common among transgender people during transition to help create these changes. Hormone replacement therapy for trans women may include three ...
  •  I have a strong history of osteoporosis in my family. I would like to know what is the recommended age to begin getting bone scans?
    November 9, 2017
    Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is often used to detect and diagnosis osteoporosis in patients. Bone mass peaks around age 30 and then declines – women tend to lose bone most rapidly during menopause. Age is ...
  • I am a pregnant female under the age of 18. How can I get a safe abortion without my parents’ consent?
    November 1, 2017
    With stigma, situational factors or personal opinions surrounding a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions, it can be hard for young women to feel comfortable sharing this decision with their parents. Currently, all 50 states allow women under the age of 18 to get an abortion, but with varying restrictions. States have their own ...
  • What are my options for treating hot flashes?
    October 26, 2017
      Many women who reach the point of menopause experience hot flashes as a common side effect. While hot flashes are relatively normal and an anticipated side effect of the natural changes that occur during menopause, some women may have harsher symptoms than others. As a result some women seek various treatment methods to help alleviate ...
  • How will Donald Trump’s new rules on birth control affect me?
    October 18, 2017
    On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration published two new rules, effective immediately, undermining the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance plans cover all 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control without copay or deductible. The new rules allow most employers to strip birth control coverage from their employees for religious reasons or for undefined “moral ...
  • I have always heard that women have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Why is this? What can I do to reduce my risk?
    October 5, 2017
    There are many misconceptions about how gender impacts the risk of cardiovascular disease, commonly referred to as heart disease. Heart disease is not just one specific illness. It refers to a range of conditions that affect your heart. There are multiple types of heart disease. The most common type is coronary heart disease which is ...
  • I recently went to the doctor and they told me I have BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). What is this and how do women get it?
    September 27, 2017
    What is BV? Bacterial Vaginosis, typically referred to as BV, is a bacteria infection that occurs in the vagina. Women get BV when there is an imbalance in the natural PH levels of your vagina. It occurs when there is a high presence of gardnerella bacteria and less lactobacillus bacteria, causing PH levels to become less ...
  • Is the copper IUD more or less effective than the hormonal IUD?
    September 20, 2017
    The term IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is one of many forms of contraception available to women for preventing pregnancy. An IUD is typically a small t-shaped device the size of a quarter that is inserted inside the uterus. The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and ...
  • What are Ovarian Cysts?
    September 14, 2017
    What are ovarian cysts? I was recently told I had an ovarian cyst after I went to the hospital in pain. Can I prevent them? Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary. They are common and usually form during ovulation. Ovulation happens when the ovary releases an egg each month. Ovarian cysts are common in women ...
  • What are the facts about Zika virus?
    September 7, 2017
    How can I protect myself from the Zika virus and if you test positive for zika, when is it safe to become pregnant after the diagnosis? The Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, but can also be spread through unprotected sex with someone who is infected with the ...
  • What is causing my pain down there?
    August 31, 2017
    According to the most recent science, what are the causes of vulvodynia? Vulvodynia is pain of the vulva, which includes the labia, clitoris, and vaginal opening, that does not have an identifiable cause. For many women, this pain may feel like burning, stinging, aching or throbbing in one specific area or throughout various areas of your ...
  • Using Birth Control to Regulate or Skip Your Period
    August 24, 2017
    Is is safe for me to skip my periods using birth control? Many women may want to skip their periods for a number of reasons, such as travel, a busy week, painful menstruation, etc. The good news is: Doctors say it’s just as healthy to skip your period each month as it is to have it. You ...
  • What is the HPV Vaccine?
    August 17, 2017
    Our family doctor has recommended that my teen get the HPV vaccine. What does the HPV vaccine protect you from, and when should my teen get the shot? The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. It’s so prevalent that, according to the CDC, “nearly all ...
  • Warning Signs of Endometriosis
    August 11, 2017
    My daughter has been complaining of painful periods. What are some red flags that this is not typical menstrual pain but something more serious like endometriosis? Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, are the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. More than half of all women who menstruate say they experience some pain each month during their ...