Women have unique health needs, and most diseases and conditions affect women differently than men.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. We are making women’s health mainstream.

What we’re doing

Stay informed on progress in women’s health research and learn more about the exciting work we do.

Fact Sheet: A Look at Women’s Eye Health

Women are disproportionately affected by some of the most common eye diseases, and some eye conditions can present or affect women differently. SWHR’s fact sheet on women’s eye health provides an overview of notable eye conditions in women, the financial burden of eye care and diseases, and policy actions to improve women’s eye health.

Quick Guide: Maternal Immunization

To help pregnant and lactating people navigate vaccine recommendations before, during, and after pregnancy, SWHR has created a quick guide that aligns with recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Fact Sheet: Alopecia Areata: Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

Although 700,000 people in the United States are affected by alopecia areata, there are gaps in research and challenges when it comes to insurance coverage. This fact sheet from SWHR reviews common signs and symptoms of alopecia areata, risk factors and impacts of the disease, and treatment options.

who we are

Learn more about SWHR’s science, policy and education efforts to make women’s health mainstream.

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Work that
matters

Biological differences between the sexes exist, from a single cell to the entire body. SWHR is bringing attention to sex and gender differences in health and disease in order to address unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health.

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  we’re leading the way

Together with our partners from diverse sectors, we bring attention to areas of need in women’s health.

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30
YEARS

PRIORITIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH

Since 1990, SWHR has been championing for research and policy that improves women’s health.

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WOMEN

IN FDA DRUG TRIALS 

After years of SWHR advocacy, in 2017, for the first time, women accounted for over half of research participants for approved drugs.

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SCIENCE NETWORKS

IDENTIFYING GAPS IN RESEARCH

SWHR convenes researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to effect change in overlooked areas of women’s health