Women's Health

Women have many unique health concerns — menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control, menopause — and that's just the beginning. A number of health issues affect only women and others are more common in women. What's more, men and women may have the same condition, but different symptoms. Many diseases affect women differently and may even require distinct treatment.

We tend to think of breast cancer and osteoporosis as women's health diseases, but they also occur in men. Heart disease in a serious concern to both men and women, but risk factors and approaches to prevention are different. Women may also have specific concerns about aging, caregiving, emotional health issues, and skin care.

Women's Health Articles

Fitness trackers: A path to a healthier heart?

New, scientifically validated digital fitness trackers may help people know if they’re exercising enough to lower their risk of heart disease. They rely on an algorithm known as Personalized Activity Intelligence that converts a person’s heart rate to a number of points, based on age, gender, and resting and maximum heart rate. For people who are sedentary or have chronic health conditions, the free iPrescribe Exercise app offers evidence-based advice that can help them exercise safely.  (Locked) More »

Screening tests you probably don’t need

Expert groups don’t advise some widely offered tests for screening generally healthy people because they may lead to unnecessary procedures. Women are advised to develop a personal screening schedule with their doctors. More »

What is vaginal steaming?

There is no scientific evidence to support vaginal steaming, in which a woman sits over a bowl of steaming herb-infused water. (Locked) More »

How to cut back on sugar and salt

Guidelines recommend limiting sugar to 10% of calories and sodium to 2,300 milligrams per day. Avoiding sweetened beverages and processed and packaged foods is key to reducing intake. Using spices and eating whole fruits can ease cravings for both salt and sugar. (Locked) More »