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

Hormones and your heart

Age-related drops in sex hormone levels sometimes cause undesirable symptoms in both women and men. For women, hormone therapy (estrogen and progestins) can address those symptoms but should not be used for the purpose of reducing cardiovascular risk. A free mobile app called MenPro can help women understand their treatment options, based on their risk of heart disease. For older men, testosterone therapy may moderately improve sexual function but does not appear to improve mood or walking speed. But because there are no large, long-term studies of testosterone therapy in men, the heart risks are unknown. (Locked) More »

Are there any advantages to human growth hormone?

The hype around human growth hormone (HGH) comes from a few studies that showed HGH injections can increase lean body mass and shrink body fat, which led to claims of HGH as an “anti-aging” hormone. Yet, the benefits of HGH supplementation for older adults are unproven, and there are concerns about potential side effects. (Locked) More »

Can mammograms help reveal heart disease?

Widely used mammography screening might also help detect heart disease risk in women. But it’s too soon for women to ask whether their mammograms show signs of early heart disease, given the lack of data about whether such information could improve outcomes.  More »