Office on Women's Health Blog

Start the Conversation: Time to Talk With Your Teen

Evelyn M. Kappeler

Did you know that, as a parent, you have a strong impact on whether your teen makes healthy decisions? This includes decisions about sex.

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Eliminating Hepatitis B in the U.S. — Mothers Matter!

Corinna Dan

Although transmission of hepatitis B from mother to baby is preventable, an estimated 952 infants in the United States were infected perinatally in 2009.

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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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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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Make Work and Breastfeeding Work For You

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

While many businesses want to provide time and space for nursing moms, it's not always easy for them to figure out how. Now that many employers are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations for employees who breastfeed, it's even more important to help companies think creatively about solutions.

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Get the Support You Need To Make Breastfeeding Work

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Motherhood is full of choices, and one of the first decisions to make is how you're going to feed your baby. The choice between breastfeeding and formula feeding is a personal one. My choice was to breastfeed, and I quickly learned why they call breastfeeding a journey.

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How Can We Have Healthier Moms and Babies?

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Did you know that half of pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned? And did you know that planned pregnancies are better for mothers' and infants' health? That's why the U.S. Office of Population Affairs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released formal recommendations on family planning services. I spoke with Susan B. Moskosky, acting director of the Office of Population Affairs, to learn more about quality family planning and why it matters.

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Women: Powerful Influencers

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Be an influencer! Research shows women influence the habits of those around them. When we set a positive example by prioritizing our own health, we encourage others to make healthy choices, too — including our kids. Fortunately, it's never been easier for women to take control of their health.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Progress in Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Your health isn't just important to you — it's important to us, too. For the past 30 years, the HHS Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH) has been leading the charge to help women and girls achieve the best possible health.

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Hepatitis B and C

Corinna Dan

As we observe both National Women's Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is the opportune time to raise awareness about hepatitis B and hepatitis C among women. Chronic viral hepatitis affects 3.5–5.3 million Americans — including millions of women — and most are unaware of their infection. Left untreated, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C can lead to liver disease, liver cancer, and liver failure. Learn what steps every woman can take to avoid these dangerous outcomes.

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