• Why have suicide rates amongst women increased more than twice as fast as men’s since 2010?
    June 20, 2018
    Nearly 45,000 Americans over the age of 10 died by suicide in 2016. This is more than double the number of Americans who died by homicide in the same year. The general consensus amongst top experts is that very little is known about why women’s suicide rates are growing so quickly. There is never a single ...
  • Why are women usually not tested for HPV until age 25?
    June 13, 2018
    I am 21 years old and I am about to go to my first gynecologist appointment. Along with my annual Pap test, I wanted to get tested for sexually transmitted infections. I’ve heard before that doctors usually won’t screen for HPV until a patient is 25 years old even though it’s really common. Why is ...
  • Should I delay supplementing with formula after giving birth?
    June 7, 2018
    Should I delay using formula to feed my baby after giving birth? After giving birth to my last child, I was pressured into signing an agreement saying I would delay supplemental feeding, even if I was unable to produce enough breast milk or any at all. I was hesitant to sign and was very confused. Although ...
  • What is postpartum diastasis recti?
    May 30, 2018
    Many women suffer from diastasis recti after pregnancy. It is a muscular surgical repair that is almost never covered by insurance for women, though it is often covered for men. It causes considerable physical discomfort for the women who suffer from it. Do you have any advocacy in that area? Diastasis recti (DR) is much more ...
  • Is it true that people with blonde or red hair are more likely to develop melanoma?
    May 22, 2018
    Is it true that people with blonde or red hair are more likely to develop melanoma? If so, what steps should I take to make sure I am protecting myself and decreasing my risk? Melanoma, which develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin, has been dubbed the most serious type of skin cancer by the ...
  • Are there ways to treat osteopenia without Fosteum?
    May 16, 2018
    I’ve just been diagnosed with osteopenia. The doctor is prescribing Fosteum, a plant-based estrogen. From reading, I found not much testing has been done on this drug. What is the alternative drug and how effective is it and side effects? Fosteum, classed as a “medical food” by the FDA, is often used to treat osteopenia and ...
  • Why do doctors still use terbutaline to delay preterm labor despite its major health risks?
    April 26, 2018
    Why would medical doctors continue to use terbutaline in preterm labor therapy when there is a serious neurological dysfunction long term outcome to many of the children? Where are the resources for the children and parents of these children who are severely disabled all of their lives because of this therapy? Terbutaline is a medication used ...
  • What kind of disorder is lichen sclerosus? Is it rare and can it become cancerous?
    April 18, 2018
    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that mainly affects postmenopausal women, although premenopausal women and men can still experience the condition. It causes irritated skin around external genitalia such as the vulva, usually in the form of white patches where the skin becomes thin, wrinkled, and extremely sensitive. Women experiencing lichen sclerosus often experience ...
  • Why is the maternal mortality rate so high for Black women?
    April 12, 2018
    April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week, organized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The campaign, which runs from April 11th through the 17th, aims to “amplify the voices of Black mamas, women, families, and stakeholders.” Black women’s exposure to racism can have severely detrimental health effects, such as the maternal mortality rate being three ...
  • What is the birth control implant and how is it different from an IUD?
    March 29, 2018
    A birth control implant is a small, thin rod the size of a matchstick that releases hormones which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. These implants are inserted under the skin into the upper arm area by a nurse or doctor, and they can last for up to 4 years. They are not the same ...
  • What kind of birthing choices do women have across the country in terms of midwives?
    March 22, 2018
    In Ohio, it is illegal for a midwife to birth in a hospital, and a nurse midwife cannot birth in a home or birthing center. Is this a policy that is standard across the country? It seems women aren’t allowed many birthing choices. There are a few different licensing classifications for midwifery in the United States, ...
  • How will I know what the best remedy or drug is for treating my osteoporosis?
    March 15, 2018
    Osteoporosis is a condition, more common in women than men, that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, making bones more susceptible to breaking. Currently, the only method used routinely to screen for osteoporosis is a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) test, and unfortunately the pharmaceutical industry has been using DEXA to overdiagnose many women in ...
  • How does endometriosis affect my menstrual cycle?
    March 8, 2018
    March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, so this question couldn’t have come at a better time! Symptoms of endometriosis are often written off as normal menstrual pain, so learning more about this condition is a great way to take charge of your health. Endometriosis is a condition that causes the tissue that normally lines the inside ...
  • Do women and men have significantly different symptoms for heart issues?
    March 1, 2018
    I have recently had emergency surgery to have a pacemaker installed due to the discovery that I had a level-3 heart block. I am okay and believe I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time but it made me start to think about women and heart issues. I wonder if ...
  • How often should I be giving myself a breast exam as a transgender woman?
    February 22, 2018
    There are a few different types of breast exams, including a self-performed one and screening tests performed by healthcare professionals. Doctors suggest that you should perform a breast exam on yourself at least once a month to ensure there are no abnormalities. In a self-performed exam, you use your fingertips to feel all of the ...
  • 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 ...