What You Should Know about Tymlos (Abaloparatide) for Osteoporosis

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow There’s a new kid in town when it comes to osteoporosis drugs. Meet abaloparatide, brand name Tymlos, which was approved by the FDA on April 28, 2017. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you likely will soon, as manufacturer Radius Health is intent on marketing it until it’s … Continued

Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better!

This week the National Women’s Health Network was back at the FDA fighting for medically accurate information about the dangers of hormone therapy during menopause. We have sounded the alarm before about products touted as “bioidentical” or “natural” that sound like a safer alternative to conventional hormone therapy drugs but likely carry the same increased … Continued

Multigenerational Hormone Use – Know the Risks!

Consumers often go to great lengths to look and feel better, not always fully understanding the risks they expose themselves to by jumping on a fad bandwagon or by taking a medication they haven’t carefully researched. The same goes for hormones prescribed to avoid an unintended pregnancy or to improve sexual responsiveness among menopausal or … Continued

Hormone Risk Throughout the Lifespan

Millions of women take hormones every day, and yet many don’t fully realize the risks. People often forget that the birth control pill, revolutionary, game-changing medicine, is in fact, a drug. In its early form, “the Pill” had such high hormone levels and negative side effects that women, and the women’s health community, protested — … Continued

Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

Amidst the large and sometimes confusing variety of hormone replacement therapy options, “natural” hormones have been growing in both visibility and popularity. Creams containing wild yam extracts or natural progesterone, or oral natural progesterone preparations are emerging as the HRT option of choice for some women. What are these products, and what is known about … Continued

Transgender Youth: Providing Medical Treatment for a Misunderstood Population

It is another one of those times in the history of progressive health care. Time to embrace another group of individuals who deserve health care and yet have been marginalized up until this point. An underserved, unrecognized, and much deserving segment of the population. This time it is children — transgender children and teens. Because … Continued

Menopause, Hormone Therapy, & Aging Skin-Is There a Connection?

Menopause hormone therapy (HT) offers probably the biggest example in modern medicine where enthusiasm for a drug’s reputed benefit trumped existing supporting science. As we’ve said before, menopause hormone “replacement” therapy was a triumph of marketing over science.  By 2002, some 38% of menopausal and older women in the U.S. were taking — or had … Continued

Hot 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 … Continued

Osteoporosis: Screening and Diagnosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become fragile and susceptible to breaking. Fractures, and the consequent pain and disability they cause, can seriously affect a person’s health and quality of life. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, and some women experience fractures that could have been prevented if their osteoporosis … Continued