Office on Women's Health Blog

Image of a woman with her arms triumphantly in the air.

OWH Resolutions: Where Are They Now?

Nicole Greene

Last year, I asked some of my colleagues to share their plans for improving their health and well-being in 2018. As the year is coming to a close, I asked them to give us an update.

Read more

Anne Wheaton

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.

Read more

Family happily running on a green lawn

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Hepatitis Awareness Month

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.

Read more

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

Read more

Susan Moskosky

Protecting Your Sexual and Reproductive Health

Susan Moskosky

What's my advice on how you can take care of your sexual and reproductive health? Honor yourself, foster healthy relationships, take care of your body, and get the preventive care and screenings you need

Read more

Corinna Dan

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.

Read more

NWHW well woman exam reminder image

National Women's Health Week: Join the Celebration!

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Calling all women! Join me in celebrating National Women's Health Week — it's your time to take control of your health!

Read more

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

More Sleep, Less Chocolate: Thoughts From My Well-Woman Visit

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

I recently saw a new internist for my annual well-woman visit. We talked for a long time about my health, exercise, sleep, eating habits and my role as director of the Office on Women's Health. Then she did a brief physical exam — blood pressure, weight, height, the usual. While it's reassuring to know that I'm in good health, the exam wasn't the most important part of the visit. The talking was.

Read more