Office on Women's Health Blog

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents: 5 Things to Know About HPV and the Vaccine

Dr. Abbey B. Berenson

Parents, you can help protect your child from getting certain HPV-related cancers. How? With a safe and effective vaccine!

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Stefania Fochi

An Interview About Finding Affordable Health Coverage: Stefania Fochi

Why is health insurance important? It protects you from paying a lot if you get sick or hurt. Plus, most private plans cover preventive services that help you stay healthy in the long run, like annual checkups and blood pressure screenings — all at no extra cost to you. Stefania Fochi wanted insurance for her peace of mind. She lived without insurance for four years and was nervous every day that she worked with heavy machinery in her family's business. What if something happened? Would getting sick or injured bankrupt her or her family? That's why she signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read our interview with Stefania to learn how the Marketplace not only helped her find coverage that fits her needs and budget, but allowed her to follow her dreams.

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CDC Encourages African-American Women to #TakeChargeAndTest for #NHTD

Hazel Dean

Despite an encouraging decrease in new HIV infections among black women (21 percent between 2008 and 2010), if the current trend continues, 1 in 32 black women will be infected with HIV in their lifetimes.

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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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Should Sunburn Be a Summer Rite of Passage?

Brooke Leggin

I don't know about you, but the occasional sunburn was definitely part of my childhood. Those "normal" childhood sunburns suddenly became a more important part of my medical history when skin cancer surgery marked my entry into adulthood at 18. I had been diagnosed with melanoma, the type of skin cancer that is more likely to develop after getting "intermittent" or random sunburns as a kid

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One Woman's Story: Being With Someone Through Depression

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Being with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, experience anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness for three years. He didn't know the cause of these feelings, but they inevitably affected his relationship with Anne.

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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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Anne Wheaton

An Interview About Being With Someone Through Depression: Anne Wheaton

Studies have found that depression is more common in women than men. But we don't know whether depression is really less common in men. It may be that men experience depression differently than women and are less likely to recognize and seek help for depression. Men are more likely to feel empty, physically tired, and uninterested in things they used to enjoy. They also may become frustrated, irritable, discouraged, and angry. Because these symptoms are not what we commonly think of as "depression," men may not always get help when they need it.  For three years, Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, struggle with anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness. He didn't know why he was experiencing these feelings — feelings that affected not only his life, but Anne's, too. For Men's Health Month, read on to learn how Anne's husband's depression affected their relationship and why he decided to get help.

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Raising Awareness About Viral Hepatitis in the Hispanic Community

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein, Corinna Dan

Now is a critical time to act on opportunities to combat viral hepatitis. We urge you to share these information resources with colleagues, family, healthcare providers, and community leaders. By raising awareness about viral hepatitis among Hispanic/Latino communities—and all communities who are living with undiagnosed, untreated disease—we can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

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Let's Talk About Mental Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

There's no guarantee against mental illness. While exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and taking time for themselves may be enough for some women to maintain good mental health, this may not be enough for everyone

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