Direct-to-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising on the Web

The National Women’s Health Network has long argued for stricter regulation and elimination of direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising due to its tendency to overstate drugs’ benefits and understate risks in order to increase pharmaceutical companies’ profits. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that every $1 the pharmaceutical industry spends on DTC advertising yields $4.20 in … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G spots There seems to be no limit to what you can use a smart phone for these days! A new app gives people a way to share their sexually transmitted infection (STI) status through what the developer calls “safe bumping.” Mobile users can touch (“bump”) their mobile phones together and instantly exchange information about … Continued

Get Ready for No Co-Pays!

January 1, 2013, marked a new day in preventive health services coverage for many women! The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new private insurance plans cover key women’s preventive health services without additional costs like co-pays. This rule applies to new plans, as well as to on-going insurance plans’ new coverage periods. Because … Continued

Reproductive Justice and Childbearing Women

In January, the U.S. women’s health movement celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to legal abortion. In the decades since Roe, health activists have focused on advocating for reproductive justice, which demands that women have the right to be parents — as well as the right not to … Continued


Losing weight, and keeping it off, is incredibly hard. Now research indicates that support may be just a click of the mouse, or a smart phone app, away. A six-month study divided 96 18-60-year-old overweight and obese individuals (BMI of 25-45) into 2 groups to explore the benefits of social media for weight management. Participant … Continued

Expanding the Boundaries of Sexual & Reproductive Health Care

During the 2012 elections, Vice President Joe Biden called transgender discrimination, “the civil rights issue of our time.” While this is a sign that transgender rights are garnering national attention, the population continues to face many obstacles in accessing needed health care. In particular, transgender men (or “trans men”) face significant barriers to accessing sexual … Continued

Young Feminist: Bone Health is For All

When I was 19, I was blindsided by getting an osteoporosis diagnosis. The first images that came to my mind were of an unhealthy woman, who was not knowledgeable about her health, and who was sickly looking. At the time, I was a successful runner just beginning an exciting career as a Division I collegiate … Continued