The coronavirus pandemic affects women’s health in a multitude of ways. In addition to the threat to women’s physical health, COVID-19 and its ramifications are creating burdens on women that negatively influence their mental, emotional, social, and financial health as well. In these challenging times, SWHR is committed to continuing our work to raise awareness about issues impacting women’s health. On this webpage, you will find original content from SWHR as well as information from reliable, evidence-based sources.

Women’s Health

SWHR Urges Inclusion of At-Risk Women in COVID-19 Research

June 19, 2020

SWHR joined 25 organizations in urging the FDA and NIH to include certain groups of at-risk women in prioritized federal research to combat the novel coronavirus.

Women Struggle to Access Menstrual Products During COVID-19 Pandemic
SWHR Blog, May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Is a Nightmare for Women’s Sleep
SWHR Blog, May 11, 2020
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color
SWHR Blog, April 30, 2020
Tips for Staying Healthy During a Pandemic
SWHR Blog, April 9, 2020
Managing Endometriosis During the Pandemic
SWHR Blog, April 9, 2020

Sex Differences

Sex and Gender: Critical Considerations in COVID-19 Research and Response

SWHR Blog, April 23, 2020

Studying sex and gender differences will help to figure out why the novel coronavirus is affecting men more severely than women and how we can better improve our responses to future pandemics.

Sex Differences in COVID-19
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
More Men Than Women Are Dying From COVID-19. Is It Biology Or Behavior?
FiveThirtyEight, May 11, 2020
Call for Papers: Sex Differences in COVID-19
Biology of Sex Differences, Deadline: Dec. 31


Pandemic Prompts Concerns About Worsening Mental Health for Pregnant Women and New Moms

SWHR Blog, June 1, 2020

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, pregnant women and new moms are being forced to confront unexpected challenges and possible worst-case scenarios about delivery and the postpartum period.

Study Raises Concerns for Pregnant Women With the Coronavirus
New York Times, June 24, 2020
Centering The Needs Of Birthing People During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Health Affairs, May 26, 2020
SWHR Joins Coalition Asking for Inclusion of Pregnant, Lactating Women in COVID-19 Trials
SWHR, March 18, 2020

Mental Health

Mental Health America Releases May 2020 Screening Data

Mental Health America, June 2, 2020

Mental Health America’s May 2020 online screening data reveals that over 88,000 additional people have developed anxiety or depression as a result of COVID19.

Experts Fear Increase in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
The New York Times, May 27, 2020
5 Pieces of Advice to Help Manage Postpartum Depression During Coronavirus
The Lily, May 25, 2020
Coronavirus Is Driving a Telehealth Evolution
SWHR Blog, April 7, 2020

Domestic Violence

Not Always Safer at Home: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

SWHR Blog, April 14, 2020

With most of the world facing restrictions on movement due to the novel coronavirus, many media outlets are reporting on both expected and observed increases in domestic violence cases globally.

A Snapshot of Domestic Violence During COVID-19
National Domestic Violence Hotline, June 5, 2020
Why Telehealth Is a Complicated Option for Domestic Violence Survivors
Rewire, May 8, 2020


During the coronavirus pandemic, caregivers have never felt more alone.

Seattle Times, June 11, 2020

Thousands of Americans, especially women, care for loved ones with dementia. During the coronavirus pandemic, some have never felt more alone.

Tips for Health Care Provider Well-Being During COVID-19
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy
Washington Post, May 7, 2020
PPE ‘Designed for Women’ Needed on Frontline
BBC, April 29, 2020

Pandemic Response

SWHR Feedback to Senate HELP Committee Chair on Pandemic Preparedness Plan

SWHR, June 23, 2020

SWHR provided feedback on a white paper from Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate HELP Committee, that recommended a six-point public health plan to minimize negative impacts from future disease pandemics.

Where The Women Aren’t: On Coronavirus Task Forces
NPR, June 24, 2020
Account for Gender/Sex to Make Personal Protective Equipment Safer for Women
Stat News, June 19, 2020
In the Face of Coronavirus, Female World Leaders Stood Out.
The Lily, June 16, 2020

Testing & Treatment

COVID-19 Testing: What Women Need to Know

SWHR Blog, April 28, 2020

COVID-19 testing is a crucial element in the fight to end disease spread and may be of particular relevance for women, who tend to fill roles that increase their risk of exposure to coronavirus.

Covid-19 Vaccine Research Must Involve Black and Latinx Participants
Stat News, June 26, 2020
Targeted Coronavirus Testing Is Essential For Health Equity
Health Affairs, June 15, 2020
What Antibody Studies Can Tell You — and More Importantly, What They Can’t
ProPublica, April 28, 2020

Upcoming Events

Caring for Women During COVID-19: Telehealth

July 15, 6 p.m. ET
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health

Caring for Women During COVID-19: Social Determinants & Disparities
August 7, 6 p.m. ET
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health