What websites would you suggest for research on women’s health?

In this day and age, the internet is an amazing resource that we can all benefit from if used judiciously. However, there is a tendency when one has a medical concern to simply “google” a particular subject and end up with a variety of websites to investigate. There are countless websites to explore but the integrity and medical accuracy of each site varies. The following list includes links to resource we consider helpful and accurate.

At Harbour Women’s Health we advocate for women to learn as much as they can about their health and their bodies but do not want them to become overwhelmed or anxious with the information they discover. For this reason, we have previewed certain websites in an effort to strategically focus your searches on reliable websites.

Heart Health

www.womenshealth.gov
A clearinghouse of information on women’s health. The site is run by United States Division of Health and Human Services and the Division of the National Women’s Health Information Center. Lots of good information on heart health as well as bacterial vaginosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and breastfeeding.

www.weightwatchers.com
A fine site sponsored by the popular weight loss business. Recipes and instruction on healthy weight loss.

Menopause

http://www.fbhc.org/Patients/Modules/menopause.cfm
This website is sponsored by the Foundation for Better Health Care. The menopause patient education module is concise and has a great introduction to the topic.

www.plannedparenthood.org/WOMENSHEALTH/menopause.htm
Sponsored by Planned Parenthood, this site has a fair overall view of topics of concern to the perimenopausal and menopausal woman.

www.sleepfoundation.org
Sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation, they have a review of sleep issues, not only during menopause, but also at other challenging times in women’s lives. Constructive suggestions are offered for improving each night’s rest.

Osteoporosis

www.nof.org
Sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, up-to-date information on prevention and continuing education seminars for professionals.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

www.ashastd.org
Great resource for increasing your knowledge about any sexually transmitted infection, including herpes, hepatitis, and HPV. Run by American Social Health Association.

Sexual Health and Public HealthSexual Health and Public Health

http://www.agi-usa.org/
The Alan Guttmacher institute is a well-known organization which has advanced studies regarding contraception and sexual health for men and women. They have an ambitious national and international agenda for women’s health. Great research site.

http://www.twshf.org
The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation supports a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of sexual health issues and serves as an educational resource for public and healthcare professionals.

Infertility

www.resolve.org
Resolve is a national support organization for women and men struggling with infertility.

Breastfeeding

www.gotmom.org

www.lalecheleague.org

http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/newman.shtml

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/compend-bhlsc.htm

All of the above websites are excellent resources for women with any questions/concerns about breastfeeding.

Adolescent Health

www.teenwire.org

www.iwannaknow.org

Two excellent websites for adolescent women learning about their sexuality and sexually transmitted infections.

Happy Browsing.