Women's Health

Objective – This report presents national estimates of sexual activity and contraceptive use among males and females aged 15–19 in the United States in 2011–2015, based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). For selected indicators, data are also presented from the 1988, 1995, 2002, and . . .

January 2015 Vol. 10 No 1

Author: Preventing adverse outcomes may hinge on your ability to identify and overcome barriers that prevent some pregnant women from managing their diabetes properly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.2% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as a serious complication during pregnancy. A positive glucose tolerance test in the second trimester can be a shock for an expectant woman.

Poor glucose control can lead to poor . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Maternal depression is more common at 4 years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The results suggest that a greater focus on maternal mental health is needed. Read more . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Premature menopause is associated with long-term negative effects on cognitive function, suggests a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Compared to women who experienced menopause after the age of 50, those with a premature menopause had a more than 40% increased risk of poor performance . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

Exercise training reduces the risk for subsequent all-cause mortality or all-cause hospitalization in women by 26%, compared with 10% in men, according to a study in JACC: Heart Failure. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes may be at risk for early atherosclerosis during midlife before the onset of diabetes and metabolic diseases, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

March 2014 Vol. 9 No. 3

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

According to a study in Stroke, many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of stroke. Of the 1,205 women in the telephone survey, 51% identified sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face, arms or legs as a warning sign of a . . .

February 2014 Vol. 9 No. 2

Author: Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Nancy Hilton, MN, RN, NEA-BC

Women are up to 83% more likely to experience repeat abuse by their male partners if a weapon is used in the initial abuse incident, according to study in Violence Against Women. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

November 2013 Vol. 8 No. 11

Author: Amy Garcia, MSN, RN, and Kate Nell, MA, RN

Researchers have developed a new intravaginal ring for the sustained 90-day co-delivery of tenofovir and levonorgestrel, an anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug and a contraceptive. Tenofovir is the only topical prophylactic shown to be effective at reducing the sexual transmission of HIV when formulated in a gel . . .