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.


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.


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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October 2023

On My Heart: Women Share Personal Journeys with Heart Disease

Hosted by SWHR

Click the image above or this link to play the YouTube video recording.   Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women (and men) in the United States, accounting for nearly 500,000 deaths in U.S. women each year. Despite its impact, a significant number of women are not aware that cardiovascular disease is a major health risk. During this joint webinar hosted by the Society for Women’s Heart Research and WomenHeart, hear from women about their personal journeys…

October 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Efforts to Advance Menopause in the UK: A Conversation with the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR spoke with two members of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee about what inspired this report, what they discovered, how the government responded to their report, and whether there were any lessons learned that could be applied to other countries, including the United States.

October 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The Role of Federal Agencies in Supporting Women’s Bone Health Early and Often: A Policy Imperative

Hosted by SWHR

Click the image above or this link to play the YouTube video recording.   Bone health is important for overall health. Bones protect the body’s organs from injury as well as store and release the body’s supply of calcium. Bone fractures can lead to decreased mobility, physical function, independence, and quality of life – and they are costly. The estimated national cost of osteoporosis, the most common form of bone disease, and related fractures is $22 billion, and that number…

October 31, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

November 2023

Defend Together: A Conversation about Flu Vaccines and Pregnancy

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR hosted an Instagram Live event with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) expert to share educational information and discuss the benefits of the flu vaccine for women and their families, with a focus on pregnant populations.

November 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm EST

Clearing the Air About Lung Cancer in Women

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is hosting a series of public forums to share educational information about the importance and value of innovative diagnostics throughout the lifespan and across disease states and conditions, with special a focus on cancer and healthy aging.

November 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST

December 2023

Inaugural SWHR Winter Social 2023

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is excited to host its Inaugural Winter Social this year, to celebrate the season and the women’s health research community.

December 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Teddy and The Bully Bar, 1200 19th Street, NW 
Washington DC, DC 20036 United States
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January 2024

Opportunities in Women’s Health: A Fireside Chat Congressional Briefing with ORWH Director Clayton

Hosted by SWHR

During this exclusive conversation, Dr. Clayton will provide her insights into the current challenges and opportunities within women’s health. This event will also tee up Women’s Health Research Day.

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EST

Elevating Endometriosis to a Public Health Crisis

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR hosts this virtual public forum to discuss the impact of endometriosis on women’s health and to highlight persistent gaps in diagnosis and treatment. 

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

February 2024

Heart to Heart: A Chat About Heart Disease Risk in Women

Hosted by SWHR

https://youtu.be/z2kly5I87sA Ischemic heart disease (IHD) refers to the reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart, usually caused by plaque buildup in the arteries surrounding the heart. IHD is also known as coronary artery or coronary heart disease. IHD is a leading cause of death for women in the United States, yet there are significant awareness gaps about the impacts of IHD in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IHD is the cause of…

February 14 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Gender Disparities in Obesity Exposed

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is convening an interdisciplinary Obesity Policy Working Group of health care providers, researchers, patients and patient advocates, and health care policy leaders for a closed, roundtable meeting in February 2024. During the roundtable, the Working Group will discuss the impact of obesity on women’s health, with an particular emphasis on the impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease, health care costs, and related health disparities. Following the roundtable, the Working Group will support SWHR in developing a call to action…

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
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WHAT WE’RE DOING

The Women’s Health Equity Initiative

The 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. SWHR newly added lupus as a focus area to the Women’s Health Equity Initiative Dashboard in May 2023!

To learn more, visit www.swhr.org/healthequity.

The Women’s Health Dashboard

The SWHR Women’s Health Dashboard offers a platform to explore the latest national and state data on diseases and health conditions that have significant impacts on women’s health across the lifespan. Five women’s health issues emerged as the focus areas of the Dashboard: Alzheimer’s Disease, Breast Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Depressive Disorders, Ischemic Heart Disease.

Explore the full Dashboard at swhr.org/womenshealthdashboard.

SWHR’s Latest Endometriosis Resources

The Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens  

Download a copy of the Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens to help empower more teenagers living with painful periods and endometriosis in better understand their health and navigate their care.

Check out the Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens now!

¡El Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis también está disponible en español!

Descargar una copia del Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis: Guía para Adolescentes en español, para ayudar a empoderar a las adolescentes que viven con endometriosis y así entender mejor su salud y orientarse en su atención.

Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis: Guía para Adolescentes

 

Value of Diagnostics within Women’s Health: Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Understand your risk factors and screening options in this fact sheet.

February is American Heart Month and Cardiac Rehabilitation Week!

SWHR Patient Toolkit: A Guide to Women’s Eye Health

This toolkit provides an overview of eye diseases and conditions that differently and disproportionately impact women.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month!

Flu Vaccines & Pregnancy Fact Sheet

SWHR invites you to use this fact sheet to learn how the flu vaccine protects pregnant individuals and what types of vaccines are appropriate to receive during pregnancy.

This winter is flus season! Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

 

Factors Impacting Women’s Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan

This women’s cardiovascular health fact sheet lists the challenges and opportunities in the management of heart disease for women across the lifespan.

February is American Heart Month and Cardiac Rehabilitation Week!


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