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May 14, 2020

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An increasing number of pregnant women in the United States have chronic health conditions — such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — that may put them at higher risk of pregnancy complications. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working across its agencies to decrease these risks and improve the health of women across the country during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

May 22, 2019
Office on Women's Health

Your health is a lifelong journey and it is unique to you. We all have our own reasons for wanting to be healthy and ways of going about it. Taking small steps for your health can make a big difference over time! This National Women’s Health Week, we are encouraging women to reflect on their health and share how they make healthy habits part of their everyday lives. Below, a few women leaders here at the U.S.

May 21, 2019
Dorothy Fink

The 20th annual National Women’s Health Week is here! I am thrilled to be part of the celebration this year as the new director of the Office on Women’s Health. As a practicing physician, I have been focused on women and girls’ health issues my entire career and am excited to bring my knowledge to this role and continue to help women and girls achieve the best possible health. 

February 21, 2018
Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents, you can help protect your child from getting certain HPV-related cancers. How? With a safe and effective vaccine! Here are the top fives things you should know about HPV, or human papillomavirus, and the vaccine. 

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

January 16, 2018

Your thyroid is a small gland at the base of your neck. It makes a hormone that helps control your body's metabolism, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. About three times as many women get thyroid cancer as men. One woman shares her story about finding out she had papillary thyroid cancer, the most common of type, when she was only 19. Read her story — from her diagnosis to treatment to being cancer-free.

October 25, 2017
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo

Breast reconstruction after cancer isn’t for everyone, but federal law protects your right to make that choice. The 1998 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act requires that insurance plans cover reconstruction at any time after a medically necessary mastectomy.

May 8, 2017
Nicole Greene

What’s your health style? Are you a total wellness rock star, healthy-ish, or a little too laid back? (Take our quiz to find out!)

October 18, 2016

When I think of October, I don't just think of cooler weather and pumpkin-flavored treats. I also think about the well-known pink breast cancer ribbon, because each year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, organizations from all across the country run promotions and campaigns featuring the pink ribbon to help raise awareness about breast cancer. For many of us, it's a cancer we all know too well. We know a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker who has been touched by breast cancer. And it doesn't discriminate.

October 9, 2016
Suzanne Haynes

Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from The original post date was September 28, 2016. Read the original post.

August 8, 2016
Jodie Fishman

There's a lot to remember when you're pregnant or a new mom — not just doctor appointments (though there are LOTS of them), but things like which medications to avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding, how and when to introduce solid food to baby, and when you and baby need tests and vaccinations. New issues seem to come out of nowhere, and all of a sudden you're adding Zika to the list of things you need to learn more about.

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