Overlapping Pain Conditions: Women in Pain Need More

Some health issues are easy to diagnose and easy to resolve. If you fall off a ladder and your leg hurts, you get an X-ray. If the X-ray shows a fracture, your leg is put in a cast. No one at the emergency room questions why you need a cast for your broken leg. While … Continued

Hysterectomy

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 … Continued

Snapshots – March/April 2015

Talking about gay marriage can improve people’s perceptions of the issue, but may not create permanent attitude changes. A recent study, which followed 972 voters’ views on gay marriage for 9 months, found the messenger matters as much as the message. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who canvassed voters to support same-sex marriage … Continued

Lupron-What Does It Do To Women’s Health?

Here at the Network, we often receive emails or calls from women seeking health care information about specific procedures or tests. Something different’s been happening recently, however: we’ve received several messages from women asking the Network to explore the safety of a drug commonly used in fertility treatments: Lupron® (leuprolide acetate). This drug was originally … Continued

From Pain to Wisdom: What I Learned from My Endometriosis

I doubled over and groaned as the stabbing sensation worsened in my abdomen. I was in the middle of a math test my sophomore year of high school, but the Pythagorean Theorem was the last thing on my mind. I was imagining punching my doctor in the face for telling me to simply take more … Continued