The hottest Women's Health Substack posts right now

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Culture Study β€’ 4372 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. The majority of research studies focus on cis-gender men, leading to biased advice, knowledge, and healthcare.
  2. Women's bodies have historically been considered anomalies in sports and medical research, impacting areas like sports gear design and participation rules.
  3. Excluding women from research studies leads to gaps in knowledge, affecting areas like injury prevention, gear design, and understanding menstrual health.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti β€’ 3911 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. Abortion bans in anti-choice states have created an occupational health crisis for OBGYNs.
  2. OBGYNs struggle to provide adequate care due to legal restrictions, impacting both patient outcomes and physician well-being.
  3. There is a significant need for institutional support for OBGYNs in anti-choice states, including mental health resources and guidance prioritizing patient health over conservative interpretations of abortion laws.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti β€’ 4913 implied HN points β€’ 11 Jan 24
  1. Catholic hospital system like Ascension is fueling the U.S. maternal mortality crisis with closures, affecting patients disproportionately.
  2. Ascension has a pattern of cutting obstetrics services, pushing pregnant patients to travel farther for care, especially in low-income neighborhoods.
  3. Ascension prioritizes cost-cutting over patient safety, leading to dangerous consequences like increased wait times, overworked staff, and ignored alarms.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti β€’ 3793 implied HN points β€’ 24 Jan 24
  1. Pregnancy Justice defends pregnant people's rights and works against criminalization.
  2. Cases like Ashley Caswell's highlight the mistreatment faced by pregnant individuals, especially in Etowah County, Alabama.
  3. Alabama's use of 'chemical endangerment' charges demonstrates the prioritization of fetuses over pregnant individuals, leading to increased criminalization.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti β€’ 3400 implied HN points β€’ 22 Jan 24
  1. The GOP is heavily investing in Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) for their anti-abortion agenda.
  2. CPCs are key in the GOP's plan to limit access to birth control and push for anti-abortion legislation.
  3. CPCs serve as a central part of the anti-abortion movement's broader strategy beyond just preventing individual abortions.
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The Audacity. β€’ 8726 implied HN points β€’ 30 Mar 23
  1. The article discusses the impact of aging on women and appreciating one's skin as they grow older.
  2. The post is by writer and illustrator Aubrey Hirsch, living in New York, with work featured in various publications like The New York Times and TIME.
  3. The content is available for paid subscribers only, with options to subscribe and sign in for access.
Ladyparts β€’ 798 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 24
  1. Menopause impacts not just the reproductive system but also the brain, leading to various neurological symptoms like hot flashes, memory lapses, and depression.
  2. Understanding how menopause affects the brain empowers women to navigate this phase of life confidently and with resilience.
  3. Dr. Lisa Mosconi's research highlights the importance of studying the impact of menopause on brain health to provide valuable insights for women's well-being.
The Vajenda β€’ 1139 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Reproductive hormones can have different effects on women, such as premenstrual syndrome and postpartum depression.
  2. Progesterone/progestins in menopausal hormone therapy can impact mood and may have complex interactions in the brain.
  3. Options to consider if progesterone/progestins negatively affect quality of life include switching dosage or trying alternative medications.
Alexander News Network -Dr. Paul Elias Alexander's substack β€’ 982 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. The study shows evidence of transplacental transmission of COVID vaccine mRNA, impacting the baby in utero.
  2. The study suggests the COVID mRNA vaccine may cross the blood-milk barrier and reach the fetus following maternal vaccination.
  3. The vaccine mRNA was detected in placentas, maternal blood, and cord blood, raising concerns about the impact on pregnant women and infants.
All in Her Head by Jessica Valenti β€’ 5247 implied HN points β€’ 04 May 23
  1. Doctors in Texas are being forced to report fake abortion complications or risk losing their jobs.
  2. Texas is manipulating abortion data by requiring vague and nonsensical reporting of abortion complications.
  3. Anti-abortion organizations are using fabricated data to create a false narrative about the dangers of abortion.
Technically Optimistic β€’ 79 implied HN points β€’ 20 May 24
  1. Protecting women's health data is crucial, especially in today's politically charged environment.
  2. Legislation like the Reproductive Data Privacy and Protection Act aims to safeguard sensitive reproductive health information from exploitation.
  3. There is a need for comprehensive data privacy legislation to prevent the potential weaponization of all personal data, not just reproductive health data.
Ladyparts β€’ 1198 implied HN points β€’ 30 Nov 23
  1. Menopausal hormone therapy prescribing was affected by misinterpreted data from the Women's Health Initiative, impacting a generation of women
  2. The review in Menopause, The Journal of the Menopause Society sheds light on the critical misinterpretation that nearly halted hormone treatment for menopausal women in the U.S.
  3. The article highlights how the WHI data misinterpretation led to a significant impact on hormone therapy for menopausal women in the United States
Alexander News Network -Dr. Paul Elias Alexander's substack β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. A new study suggests a 20% increased risk of severe bleeding post-mRNA vaccination in women hospitalized for heavy menstrual bleeding.
  2. The study focused on women aged 15-50 who experienced heavy menstrual bleeding post-mRNA vaccination in France between May 2021 and August 2022, with 99.8% receiving Comirnaty (Pfizer) or Spikevax (Moderna).
  3. Primary vaccination doses showed a 20% increased risk, particularly in socially disadvantaged municipalities and among women not using hormonal contraception, but this increased risk was not found for booster doses.
Are You Okay? β€’ 419 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. CBD gummies can be a safe option for improving sleep, as they contain cannabidiol that may help with conditions like anxiety and insomnia.
  2. Quality and purity of CBD products matter, so it's important to choose reputable brands; remember that people may react differently to CBD, and consulting a doctor before use is wise.
  3. For women in their 50s, while multivitamins may seem beneficial, it's essential to consider individual dietary needs and consult a healthcare provider.
Ladyparts β€’ 479 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. The Women's Health Initiative made alarmist claims about hormone replacement therapy, but these claims have been walked back except one, which is wrong.
  2. The WHI study negatively impacted women's health by generating unfounded fears and leading to a significant decrease in hormone replacement therapy prescriptions.
  3. Follow the money - the WHI study had major financial backing and caused harm, showing the influence of money in healthcare decisions.
Are You Okay? β€’ 499 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a real and potentially debilitating condition that affects many women. Managing it can involve tracking symptoms, regular exercise, a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, hormonal treatments, SSRIs, psychotherapy, and stress reduction techniques.
  2. When considering tapering off antidepressants, it's important to discuss this process with a healthcare provider. Psychotherapy can be a valuable tool for retraining the brain during this transition.
  3. Individualized treatment plans are crucial for addressing specific symptoms and needs when managing hormonal mood swings, tapering antidepressants, or dealing with other health concerns. Working closely with a doctor can help in developing a suitable plan.
The Shift With Sam Baker β€’ 2556 implied HN points β€’ 02 Mar 23
  1. Midlife women may feel overwhelmed and frustrated, leading to a need to let out pent-up emotions, like anger and exhaustion.
  2. Suppressed rage and unexpressed feelings can build up over time and negatively impact mental well-being.
  3. Making friends can be challenging for some individuals, causing feelings of desperation and inadequacy in social situations.
Ladyparts β€’ 1977 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jun 23
  1. Car manufacturers have known for decades that cars are not designed for women, both for driving and surviving collisions.
  2. The absence of female crash test dummies remains an ongoing health hazard for women.
  3. The gender data gap in car safety has real-life consequences, as evident from personal experiences.
Ladyparts β€’ 878 implied HN points β€’ 03 Oct 23
  1. It's important to speak openly about ailments related to the vagina, vulva, and female urethra for women's health advocacy.
  2. Watching TV can be a comforting activity after a medical procedure.
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The Shift With Sam Baker β€’ 1198 implied HN points β€’ 25 May 23
  1. Naga Munchetty bravely shared her adenomyosis diagnosis, shedding light on a condition often overlooked.
  2. Adenomyosis causes excruciating pain and heavy periods, often dismissed as 'just one of those things' by healthcare providers.
  3. Many women suffer in silence with adenomyosis, but speaking up, seeking help, and advocating for proper treatment is crucial.
Ladyparts β€’ 659 implied HN points β€’ 23 Aug 23
  1. Osteoporosis can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly, emphasizing the importance of bone health awareness and early testing.
  2. DEXA scans measure bone density and are vital in diagnosing osteoporosis, but they are typically recommended later in life unless specific risk factors are present.
  3. Estrogen plays a crucial role in protecting bones, highlighting the potential benefits of hormone therapy in preventing or mitigating osteoporosis.
Are You Okay? β€’ 499 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jul 23
  1. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be considered before menopause if a woman is experiencing menopausal symptoms and low estrogen is identified as the cause.
  2. Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is generally safe for healthy women when started within 10 years of menopause, and the benefits usually outweigh the risks.
  3. Continuing hormone replacement therapy after the age of 65 should be assessed based on individual health risks and conditions to determine if the benefits still outweigh the potential downsides.
Men Yell at Me β€’ 424 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jul 23
  1. Historically, women's reproductive organs were viewed as uncontrollable and tied to their mental stability.
  2. The concept of 'hysteria' stems from the Greek word for uterus, implying lack of control over women.
  3. There is a need for women to be vocal, protest, and fight for their reproductive rights despite being dismissed as hysterical.
Are You Okay? β€’ 339 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jun 23
  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a real condition that affects a significant portion of the population, more commonly women, causing symptoms like cramping, pain, bloating, and more.
  2. Managing IBS involves keeping a food diary to identify trigger foods, checking medications for possible digestive effects, increasing fiber intake gradually, managing stress, and nurturing the gut microbiome by choosing the right foods.
  3. Individuals with family history of breast cancer and considering hormone replacement therapy should consult with healthcare providers, as factors like age, lifestyle habits, and specific health conditions play a role in decision-making.
The Global Jigsaw β€’ 137 implied HN points β€’ 03 Nov 23
  1. There is societal pressure and fetishization surrounding female breasts, impacting personal decisions and experiences.
  2. Breast reconstruction procedures post-mastectomy can have high rates of complications, but are aggressively promoted by doctors and society.
  3. Patients should be informed and have autonomy in decisions regarding reconstructive surgery, being respected even if they opt out.
Are You Okay? β€’ 299 implied HN points β€’ 19 May 23
  1. For urinary incontinence, exploring options like vaginal estrogen can be beneficial if other medications are not successful and may improve symptoms.
  2. Management of genitourinary symptoms in estrogen+ breast cancer patients requires careful consideration due to vaginal atrophy, but vaginal estrogen therapy may still be an option to explore.
  3. Seeking specialist assessment for pelvic floor anatomy and function, and considering pelvic floor physical therapy, can help address issues like weak pelvic muscles contributing to urinary problems.
Are You Okay? β€’ 279 implied HN points β€’ 15 May 23
  1. Strengthening our 'core' goes beyond a flat tummy; it involves building strength in deep pelvic muscles.
  2. Pelvic floor muscles help control waste elimination; squeezing narrows passages, relaxing widens them.
  3. Approximately 1 in 3 women experience pelvic floor dysfunction, and various exercises and therapies can help strengthen these muscles.
art fish intelligence β€’ 58 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jan 24
  1. In 2023, the author analyzed their patterns of sickness and health through data collected from sources like Google Maps location history and Apple Health.
  2. The analysis revealed insights such as spending almost half of the year unwell and correlations between health factors like exercise and location.
  3. Key findings included the impact of menstrual cycle on sickness, the importance of rest during certain phases, and the value of personal data exploration for health insights.