Women's Health News
Prep for the Test – and Save Your Life
Planning a colonoscopy can feel awkward, yet it is well-worth having because colorectal cancers can be prevented and even cured quickly IF detected early. Read more
Weight Loss Surgery Combats Obesity
The causes of obesity and excess weight are extremely complex. For many it's not simply a matter of "will power." Read more
Women Who Inspire Us: Katie Couric
Journalist and author Katie Couric has interviewed luminaries from all over the world - but the thing that inspires us most is her passionate advocacy for health care screenings. Read more
Enjoy summer and protect your skin
June is here! The days are long, and the sun is bright. As we venture into the sunny outdoors, it's important to remember that too much sun can be harmful to our skin. Read more
CWH celebrates ten years in the Kohler Pavilion
This month the Center for Women's Health celebrates its 10th anniversary in its uniquely designed Kohler Pavilion location. Read more
Women who inspire: M. Susan Smith
The Center for Women’s Health’s founding Director helped to develop and implement the original vision for the Center in 1997, when very few women’s health centers existed in America. Read more
Your best self at any age
Do you know what steps you can take to be your best self at any age? You probably know the basics: eat right, exercise regularly, reduce your stress, but do you know how often you should get a Pap test or when you should start getting screened for colorectal cancer?
There's no better time than now (and National Women's Health Week) for
a refresher course on the "regular" stuff and a reminder that we have resources
to help you answer these questions and manage your own health.
One Key Question®
Soon women of reproductive age in Oregon may start hearing their healthcare provider ask a seemingly simple question: would you like to become pregnant in the next year? The One Key Question® Initiative (OKQ) is the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health's groundbreaking, yet simple, solution to making Oregon women and families healthier and ensures that more pregnancies are wanted, planned, and as healthy as possible.
Women and alcohol: Risks, benefits and why we're different
Women are catching up to men when it comes to alcohol consumption –and according to most experts, this isn't a gender gap we want to close. Kathleen Grant, Ph.D., an expert on alcohol and the brain, takes us through a closer look at what makes women more vulnerable to some of the dangerous effects of drinking.
9 Tips for Better Eye Care – for Women
We know you know some of these—always wear sunglasses, actually follow the directions for taking care of your contact lens—but the other tips might be more surprising. Did you know some over-the counter medicines can lead to changes in your eyes?
When did women's nutrition get so complicated?
In honor of National Nutrition Month, we took the opportunity to talk with Christie, Naze, L.D., C.D.E., about women's nutrition. One of the first questions we had was: When did women's nutrition (frankly, all nutrition) get so complicated?
Better the Future - Ending chronic disease where it starts
What if we could prevent diseases like diabetes and heart disease? As it turns out, we can. OHSU is a global leader in a field of science called the developmental origins of health and disease, which shows that our genes are far more than a rigid blueprint for our health.
Be heart healthy. Know your numbers.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women (and men) in the US. And many of these deaths are preventable. Cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure are a few of the key indicators of your risk for heart disease. By knowing your numbers, you can make lifestyle changes that can help you be heart healthy.
According to the American Heart Association, a woman's heart attack may have different underlying causes, symptoms and outcomes compared to men. Also, risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes increase heart attack risk in women more severely than in men. When these symptoms and risk factors aren't treated early, they can be life-threatening.
Our most read women's health topics of 2015
In case you missed it, here's a recap of some of our most read features on heart health, nutrition and breast health from 2015 and a look forward at some things you can expect from the Center for Women's Health as we head into the new year. Read the full newsletter
It's that time of year again. Making realistic resolutions can help you start the new year on the right foot.
What you need to know about family history and your health.
Are you breast self-aware? Understanding breast health as we age
All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers. Early detection and treatment can save lives. Get the facts on gynecologic cancers and reduce you risk.
10 ways breastfeeding can improve mom's health and well-being, long after baby stops nursing.
Listen up, expecting moms. Childbirth isn't what it used to be -- and that's good news! Dr. Caughey and others explain the most important improvements that you'll benefit from on delivery day.
Dr. Emeis on laughing has an option for pain management during labor. OHSU to offer this option starting in the fall.
Dr. Edman on what parents need to know about kids and eating disorders.
Oregon is about average in the U.S. when it comes to vaccinating adolescents against human papillomavirus, or HPV, but many teens still aren’t getting vaccinated, and that puts them at risk for cancer of the cervix, among other cancers.
Dr. Amato offers some steps to help couples looking to start a family ASAP.
Dr. Goetsch on her research to help breast cancer survivors manage painful intercourse.
Fetal and infant death rates have stayed about the same in recent years, new CDC data updated through 2013 indicated.
OHSU research led by Dr. Jensen is making strides towards the development of a nonsurgical permanent contraceptive method--one that could soon enter human clinical trials.
Many women know about long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), but are not aware that a method called the contraceptive implant can offer even more benefits than the IUD. Dr. Simmons explains why the contraceptive implant might be a good choice for you.
Dr. Leonardo Pereira comments on a recent study showing the majority of SSRIs are not associated with significant harm to the fetus if taken during pregnancy. The important takeaway? Women taking SSRIs should not automatically stop their medication if they become pregnant and should discuss a plan with their providers.
With conflicting research on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy, the safest bet is for pregnant women to abstain, cautions Dr. Aaron Caughey. But don't beat yourself up if you had a few drinks before learning that you are pregnant, he says.
Dr. Maria Rodriguez comments on news that a Colorado program has successfully lowered rates of teen pregnancies in the state. Dr. Rodriguez hopes the good news will help lower barriers to LARC use for women in Oregon and around the country.
Research led by OHSU scientist Shawn Chavez may help fertility specialists to determine a woman's healthiest eggs, greatly improving the success rates of in vitro fertilization.
Recently retired OHSU midwife Carol Howe talks to OPB about her four decade career and role in pioneering the practice of midwifery in Oregon.
Our July newsletter sets the record straight about the HPV vaccine--and discusses how you can take important action to prevent cancer in future generations.
Jump to page 36 to read how doctors like Stephanie Dukhovny learn the sex of a baby using ultrasound--well, if the baby feels like cooperating, that is.
Dr. Maureen Baldwin explains why a recent idea getting a lot of attention--condoms that would change color if an STD is detected--isn't going to be a reality anytime soon.
With better methods, egg freezing has become an elective option for women hoping to delay childbirth. Dr. Diana Wu discusses a new local source of information for women interested in this procedure--a cocktail party.
For the first time since 2007, birth rates in the United States have increased. But while birth rates are up, cesarean delivery rates are way down--a good thing, says OHSU's Dr. Aaron Caughey.
A small study suggests that an ADHD drug could help with the concentration difficulties associated with menopause, a potential treatment that excites Dr. Nicole Cirino
Our June newsletter is all about you--take our survey to tell us what programs and activities will help you achieve your best health and well-being!
Dr. Nicole Marshall is a co-author on a study that finds a link between maternal obesity and a compromised immune system in the fetus.
Dr. Pepper Schedin, who plans to examine the size of women’s livers during and after pregnancy and its possible connection to breast cancer deaths receives the 2015 grant from the OHSU Center for Women's Health Circle of Giving.
Dr. Aaron Caughey offers some insights on the 5 Things OB-GYNs wish women knew about pregnancy - from the annual ACOG conference.
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, gynecologist and researcher at OHSU, is studying ways to provide nonsurgical contraception to women around the world.
Dr. Aaron Caughey discusses how the economy might be keeping birth rates low, and what an increase in the birth rate of multiples might mean for families.
Dr. Michelle Berlin weighs in on new screening guidelines from the American College of Physicians calling for cervical cancer screenings every three years starting at age 21.
Our May newsletter is full of events in honor of National Women's Health Week, as well as tips on how to take steps toward your best health. We hope you join us!
Dr. Jennifer Edman from the OHSU Center for Women's Health talks about when and why the HPV vaccine is so important for our young adults.
Our April newsletter discusses research into new contraception options for women, and how you can participate in this important work.
Dr. Amy Cantor of the OHSU Center for Women's Health helps explain a new study that suggests the benefit of iron supplements for pregnant women and their children is not as clear as once thought.
Dr. Paula Amato responds to Angelina Jolie's announcement of her recent preventive surgery, and encourages women facing similar decisions to discuss their fertility options with their doctor.
OHSU Center for Women's Health Co-Director Dr. Michelle Berlin discusses Angelina Jolie's announcement of her recent preventative surgery choice. The important message for you? Know your family history and talk to your health care provider.
Center for Women's Health Co-Director Dr. Michelle Berlin reassures women that small differences in the size and shape of their breasts are common.
Dr. Aaron Caughey provides the accompanying editorial for a new study of bariatric surgery before pregnancy, and its potential risks and benefits.
Dr. Aaron Caughey joins the conversation on home birth, and its risks and benefits. More women are having home births today than at any time in 25 years, and it's important to be informed about the risks.
Our March newsletter is all about epigenetics and the ways that the environment you live in affects your genes. Join us on March 13 to learn more!
Sleeping well can help memory, improve your mood, boost metabolism and strengthen your immune system.
During the last 20 years, babies born through assisted reproduction have become healthier as their rates of premature birth, low birth weight, stillbirth and infant death have all decreased. OHSU's Dr. Paula Amato, is featured.
Women often lead nutrition and health care decisions for their families and communities.
It is better to give than to receive--and that goes for your health, too. OHSU experts explain how charity benefits your well-being.
Never be afraid to laugh too hard for fear of a little leakage--OHSU experts explain female incontinence and pelvic floor disorders, and how to treat them, in our November newsletter.
Group prenatal visits create community among expecting parents, and represent a new trend in healthcare.
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New CWH Primary Care chief Christine Kelso, M.D., M.P.H., discusses the importance of collaboration in keeping her patients healthy and well.
Regular mammograms are a crucial health tool-–here are some tips about mammography that you may not know.
As featured in: Our August Newsletter
Meet us at the Farmers Market
Check out the OHSU Farmers Market on July 15 for fun tips and information about healthy eating.
As featured in: Our July Newsletter
Help for Painful Sex
OHSU doctor Martha Goetsch offers hope to women suffering from pain during intercourse
As featured in: Our June Newsletter
To Your Health!
May 11-17 is National Women's Health week—celebrate with us!
As featured in: Our May Newsletter
Put Some Spring in Your Step
Walking our talk and doing our bodies a world of good.
As featured in: Our April Newsletter
Improving Your Health–One Bite at a Time
Let's ask ourselves: how can we change the food culture for this and future generations?
As featured in: Our March Newsletter
Love your heart!
As we make plans for Valentine's Day it's good to remember that February is a great time to be aware of how to keep your heart healthy.
As featured in: Our February Newsletter
Ready to take on the new year?
So we'd like to help you make 2014 your smartest year yet, with easy, bite-sized actions—like taking a class, attending a seminar or learning something new.