Office on Women's Health Blog

5 Small Changes That Can Improve Your Health in Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Sometimes it feels like being healthy is just a list of things we shouldn't do. The no's can steal the joy out of life. What if we told ourselves "yes" instead?

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5 Nerdy Things You Should Know About Birth Control

Liz Sabatiuk

Birth control — 99% of women have used it at some point in their lives. Yet somehow it continues to be a taboo subject.

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Prescription Painkillers: Know the Risks

Babette Couser

Prescription drug overdoses are on the rise among women. Prescription opioid misuse and abuse resulted in over 200,000 emergency room visits in 2010, twice as ...

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Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a Civil Rights revolution. Since then, we've reached several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Civil ...

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Stop STIs: Six Steps to Safer Sex

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Whether you call them STIs or STDs, one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Protecting yourself is an important part of staying healthy.

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Teens' Use of Birth Control

Susan Moskosky

If you're a teen and are having sex, you need to know the most effective options for preventing pregnancy. Title X family planning center providers can help.

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Your Kid Deserves a Shot at a Healthy Life

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases around, and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against getting infected. In the United States, we have more than 50 years of experience with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine — also known as the MMR vaccine.

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Stepping Out of the Shadows, Together for Women & Girls

Tina Tchen , Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with other federal, national, and community organizations and advocates, today we celebrate our accomplishments to date in improving the lives of women and girls affected by HIV and recognize the work still ahead.

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Life After an AIDS Diagnosis

Martha Sichone Cameron

I don't think anything can prepare you for the moment when they unveil the piece of paper that contains your fate. Even though the odds seemed to be against me, I was not prepared to be told I had HIV. Turns out, the doctor had worse news: It was actually an AIDS diagnosis and the doctor gave me 3 to 6 months to live.

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What It Feels Like When a Woman Has a Heart Attack

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

What do you see when you imagine a heart attack? Does the victim — probably a man — stop what he's doing, clutch his chest, and fall to the floor? We call that the "Hollywood Heart Attack." It doesn't paint the most accurate picture, particularly for women. The truth is: Heart attacks can be much harder to spot. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. More women than men die from their heart attacks.

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