Office on Women's Health Blog

Nicole Greene and Iwona

Losing Iwona

Nicole Greene

Iwona was supposed to be in surgery that day to remove a large fibroid. But while she was getting prepped for surgery, the news came: She had stage 4 uterine cancer.

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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.

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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!

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Cooking Your Way to Good Health

Amber Mosher

Food exists at the intersection of necessity, good health, fun, and discovery… at least in a perfect world. During National Women's Health Week, let's cook up more positivity around our meals by, well, cooking. Whether you are a beginner or a gourmet, you can boost your appreciation for the foods you eat simply by preparing them yourself. Spice up old favorites and discover new ones using these free resources.

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Be Active Your Way for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Shellie Y. Pfohl

At 14, I never would have guessed that setting the volleyball, swinging the softball bat, or biking around the park could mean so much. Back then, just playing on a team with my peers was its own reward. Now, though, I can confidently look back and say those youth sports experiences helped to shape me into the person I've become — an athlete and achiever for life.

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Doctor talking to woman patient, while taking notes.

Schedule Your Annual Well-Woman Visit

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Does taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of your to-do list? With so many competing priorities, it's not always easy to put your health first. Take just one day to focus on you and your health — and add years to your life.

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An Interview With National Women's Health Week Ambassadors: Founders of Her Campus

Together, Annie, Stephanie, and Windsor founded Her Campus, an online community for college women, with information on love, life, careers, and — of course — health. Read their interview to learn why they feel it's important to speak up about women's health. Plus, get their tips for leading healthy lives.

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Hazel Dean

Sexually Transmitted Infections: What Women Need to Know

Hazel Dean

STIs affect women differently than men. April is Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office on Women's Health are teaming up to raise awareness and start the conversation around STIs among women

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Woman looking at pregnancy test results

Understanding Infertility

Dr. Sheree Boulet

Have you known someone who had trouble having a baby? Have you had trouble yourself? Infertility is common and affects both women and men. About one in nine U.S. women 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

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Screenshot of It's Only Natural Video: Uncovering Breastfeeding Misconceptions

It's Only Natural — Mother's Love. Mother's Milk.

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It's Minority Health Month! Are you ready for some good news? Breastfeeding rates in the African-American community are on the rise! Sixty-two percent of African-American babies born in 2010 were ever breastfeed — that's up from 47 percent in 2000. OWH is committed to continuing increasing the rate of breastfed babies in the African-American community and helping all families understand the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Sexual Assault: A Crime Against Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful — like trailblazers doing our share for women and society. But I still wondered: Would it happen to me?

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