Health Alerts For Women

50 Year Anniversary of “The Pill”: Are we repeating “the pill’s” history with HRT?

May 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

While Gorney, in her article, “The Estrogen Dilemma”‘ acknowledges that women are confronted with a health dilemma when faced with the decision about taking hormones at menopause because of the link to heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer, she brings up the potential for preventative use for depression and alzheimer’s disease. The NWHN questions whether or not taking […] Read More

Keep Abortion Safe and Legal? Yes. Make It Rare? Not the Point.

May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Anti-abortionists Accuse Women of Color of Genocide

April 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Loretta Ross, SisterSong’s national coordinator, comments on the attack on black women:  “They tell African American women that we are now responsible for the genocide of our own people … We are now accused of ‘lynching’ our children in our wombs and practicing white supremacy on ourselves …. This is what lies on […] Read More

Activists Mourn the Loss of Dorothy I. Height

April 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

April 22, 2010. Today, women in the women’s movement and people of the civil rights movement mourn the passing of a great leader, Dorothy I. Height.  She was a community activist and stood my Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. during his historic “I have a dream” speech, and was present when President Lyndon […] Read More

Self-help and seeing your cervix

April 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

The first time I saw my own cervix was at the Chico Feminist Women’s Health Center in 1975 (now Women’s Health Specialists). A health worker in the clinic demonstrated on herself how to insert the speculum, and using a flashlight and mirror, she looked at her cervix. She beckoned me over to look too. I […] Read More

Health Reform and Abortion

April 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Access to abortion services will be continuously under debate about how the logistics of the reform will take place, and the effects of banning coverage for abortion under the Stupak Amendment. Watch the video by the Center for Reproductive Rights on YouTube. Don’t let health reform destroy our reproductive choices. We demand health reform […] Read More

Women’s Health Alerts/News

April 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Women’s Health Alerts and News Blog. Women’s Health Specialists is dedicated to providing women with information and options so that they can make the most informed decisions about their health care. WHS Health Alerts and News strives to inform and guide women on pertinent health issues effecting ourselves, our daughters, […] Read More

State of Nebraska Restricts Women’s Access to Abortion

April 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

On April 13, 2010, the Governor of Nebraska signed an anti-abortion law that will take effect in October. The law makes it illegal to perform abortions after 20 weeks gestation, or after “viability” which is generally thought to be 22 weeks. The only provision for having a legal abortion after 20 weeks is if the […] Read More

Women’s Abortion Stories

April 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

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FDA Cites Bayer on YAZ Birth Control Pill

April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

The ads wrongly suggest the pills are approved for relieving premenstrual syndrome, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a letter dated October 3, 2008. The ads also minimize the drug’s risks, the agency said.   Yaz contains drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, and is different than other birth control pills because the drospirenone […] Read More

Author Rebecca Chalker has written about genital cosmetic surgery

April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Rebecca Chalker’s article, “The ‘Perfect’ Porn Vulva: More Women Demanding Cosmetic Genital Surgery” was recently published in August. It is available to read on AlterNet, and exposes the increase in cosmetic genital surgeries among women, the financial incentives of physicians and women’s mystification about their bodies. Rebecca is the author of The Clitoral Truth (see our books section to find […] Read More

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March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Kristi Stone, Sacramento, CA

January 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

I was also 18, and was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life. At that time, having a child was not something I was ready to do. I do not regret having an early abortion. I feel that women should have the right to reproductive services, and in case of pregnancy, […] Read More

Women Demand Our Rights: Beyond Abortion Ban in Health Care Reform

December 21, 2009 | 0 Comments

This amendment would have permanently banned federally funded abortion, and eliminated abortion coverage from most privately funded health plans — institutionalizing discrimination against women, and further restricting access to abortion services.   The Senate moved to launch debate and ultimately vote on the Senate version of health reform. Fortunately, […] Read More

US Preventive Services Task Force Changes Mammogram Recommendations

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Read Breast Cancer Action’s fact sheet on breast cancer screening. Click here to read about the National Women’s Health Nework’s response.

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ACOG Announces New Pap Smear and Cancer Screening Guidelines

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Link to ACOG Announcement  about New Pap Smear Guidelines and Cancer Screening Guidelines.

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Laura K. Brown

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

All of my menstrual extractions were positive experiences without noticeable physical side effects. Also, the fact that we used such a small sized cannula (4mm-5mm) meant that we did not do any extra dilation of the opening to the uterus. In turn, this meant that we did not need anesthetic that meant we […] Read More

Zoe Nicholson, Newport Beach, CA

November 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

First I want to tell you that when I was forty-four and my reading eyes weren’t what they used to be, I missed the tiny stamped expiration date on a birth control product that had been in my drawer for over ten years and, to my surprise, I found myself pregnant. I went […] Read More

Carol Downer: Speech on Feminist position of “Islamo-Fascism”

September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The following speech was delivered by Carol Downer on October 24, 2007, to a gathering outside the Ahmanson Building protesting the appearance of Ann Coulter on the University of Southern California campus. Carol Downer is a member of the board of directors of Women’s Health Specialists, Feminist Women’s Health Center of California, […] Read More


September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

The Media calls the US presence in Iraq a “war”. It is not a war, it is an occupation. The War was over years ago. Remember the toppling of Saddam’s statue; President Bush standing on the aircraft carrier in front of the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” banner? If it is a […] Read More