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.

Women’s Health Equity Initiative

Women in the United States experience health disparities throughout their lifespans as a result of their gender, historic health inequities in the health care system, and socioeconomic conditions. 

The new Women’s Health Equity Initiative highlights statistics on women’s health in the United States and aims to engage communities on solutions to improve health equity across multiple disease states, conditions, and life stages. The first phase of the Initiative is focused on Alzheimer’s disease, bone health, maternal health, and menopause. 

Through the creation of a unique roadmap and video testimonials, featuring caregivers, patients, and clinicians across the United States, SWHR is working to end women’s health disparities based on age, race, ethnicity, geography, and among caregivers. To learn more and support the Women’s Health Equity Initiative, visit www.swhr.org/healthequity.

UPCOMING SWHR EVENTS

Join us for expert conversations on women’s health research and care, hosted by SWHR and featuring SWHR leaders.

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September 2022

Ovarian Cancer Screening: More than a Pelvic Exam

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/HDvlxJs6HG4 In the United States, there are more than 100 diagnostic tests and procedures available for detecting diseases and monitoring their progression. Diagnostic tools are also used to guide treatments and evaluate their effectiveness. Some tests are invasive, such as a biopsy or endoscopy; whereas others are noninvasive, such as x-rays and ultrasound imaging procedures. Innovations in diagnostics provide access to health information, helping women make informed decisions about their health care at every stage of their lives. Screening and…

September 7 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT

Menopause Mindfulness: Living Your Best Work-Life through the Menopause Transition

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/3aXTQT9hh5c   Approximately 1.3 million women in the United States transition into menopause each year. During the menopause transition (perimenopause), the body undergoes hormonal changes, characterized by a significant decrease in estrogen. This change typically begins to occur in a woman’s late 40s or 50s, and can last up to 10 or 20 years. However, some individuals may experience menopause early due to certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. Menopause, itself, is defined as the point in time 12 months after…

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT

October 2022

Stronger than Sticks and Stones: Promoting Women’s Bone Health through Preventive Care

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https://youtu.be/mbZsXgIjSk8 Approximately 54 million Americans have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture. Risk of bone fracture is higher in women compared to men, in part, due to the influence of the hormone estrogen. Throughout a woman’s life, estrogen has important bone building function that is compromised when its production significantly reduces after menopause. Approximately half of all women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, and in older adults, complications…

October 3 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

NIPS Explained: A Fireside Chat About Prenatal Genetic Screening

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/gVS_2PmJ9to Noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) is a type of genetic screening that assesses if a pregnancy is at increased risk for certain chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome or Edwards syndrome. Prenatal genetic screening is an innovative tool that can help women make informed decisions about their reproductive health and pregnancy management, and may improve maternal and fetal outcomes by allowing preparation to care for children who may have a genetic disorder. NIPS (also referred to as cfDNA screening) can…

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT

Understanding the Tests that Could Save My Breasts

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/tBtqFW6djqw In the United States, there are more than 100 diagnostic tests and procedures available for detecting diseases and monitoring their progression. Diagnostic tools are also used to guide treatments and evaluate their effectiveness. Some tests are invasive, such as a biopsy or endoscopy; whereas others are noninvasive, such as x-rays and ultrasound imaging procedures. Innovations in diagnostics provide access to health information, helping women make informed decisions about their health care at every stage of their lives. Screening and…

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm EDT

Closing the Loop for Lupus: A Fireside Chat

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/w8dlpatSW4o Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by widespread inflammation that often results in damage to the joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys and blood vessels. An estimated 1.5 million Americans have some form of lupus, and 90% are women between the ages of 15 and 44. Lupus is more prevalent among women of color, who also develop symptoms at younger ages and have more severe symptoms and complications from the disease. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common…

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Psoriatic Arthritis: More than Just Sore Joints

Hosted by SWHR

  https://youtu.be/MsfbWPzQxgY More than 8 million individuals in the United States have psoriasis. This chronic inflammatory skin disease is characterized by patches of red or discolored and irritated skin that are often covered by flaky white or gray scales, depending on the skin type. An estimated 10-30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA) – a type of inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis. Approximately 40% of people with PsA report significant impacts on their everyday life, and despite…

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm EDT

November 2022

Moving Conversations About Alzheimer’s Disease into Policy and Practice: An SWHR Town Hall

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/z1eSzWzg54o Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a rapidly growing and costly public health crisis that has a disproportionate impact on women, and especially women of color. Improving AD outcomes—for both patients and caregivers—requires a multi-layered approach that involves communities, clinicians, nonprofit groups, organizations, and state and federal policymakers. Achieving this shift will require not only enacting federal policies that support access to care, make early detection easier, and prioritize research investments in cognitive health, but importantly, it also requires ensuring that…

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Psoriatic Arthritis: A Woman’s Toolkit to Soar Above the Pain

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/nYsUo_LcAEQ More than 8 million individuals in the United States have psoriasis. This chronic inflammatory skin disease is characterized by patches of red or discolored and irritated skin that are often covered by flaky white or gray scales, depending on the skin type. An estimated 10-30% of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA)–a type of inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis. Approximately 40% of people with PsA report significant impacts on their everyday life, and although PsA occurs equally…

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Cancer Prevention through the HPV Vaccine: A Women’s Health Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 85% of people will get a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in their lifetime. While most HPV infections go away on their own, some may persist and cause cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and/or oropharyngeal cancers. The HPV vaccine has proven effective in reducing the incidence of HPV infections, genital warts, and cervical precancers. Despite guidance from the CDC and American Cancer Society supporting HPV vaccination in childhood (ideally between 9-12…

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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WHAT WE’RE DOING

Utilization Management Policies and Autoimmune Diseases Fact Sheet

This resource explores autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases care options and related policy affects on provider and patient experiences.

Menopause Preparedness Toolkit: A Woman’s Empowerment Guide

Understanding the many changes related to menopause and being prepared for their effects can help women embrace wellness during the journey. This toolkit helps prepare individuals for life through and following the menopause transition.

Promoting Bone Health Through Policy: A Call to Action

SWHR’s first disease-specific policy agenda is intended to serve as a roadmap outlining key areas of policy needed to improve the bone health of women from childhood through adulthood.

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Resource Guide for Women

Screening for genetic conditions can be done using a number of different methods and at different time points in a person’s life. Learn more about the role of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) in this personal toolkit. 

SHARE YOUR STORY

SWHR is asking women to share their personal health journeys, to be posted on the SWHR website and other SWHR-branded material, as appropriate. In addition to patient stories, SWHR is interested in the stories of those who serve as caregiver for a family member (parent, spouse, child, etc.). Your story is powerful and we hope to share with policymakers, researchers, providers and most importantly, other women.

Your story could help educate and inform other women who may be going through a similar experience.

LEARN HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY

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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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YEARS

PRIORITIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH

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

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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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IDENTIFYING GAPS IN RESEARCH

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