Archive for ‘women’s health’

August 10th, 2011

Empowering Caregivers: Welcoming them to our Health Activist Community

by Amanda

More than 65 million people provide care for loved ones, averaging 20 hours a week. But, like many words in the health world, “caregiving,” carries around a vague set of meanings and connotations. As I write this, spellcheck is telling me that it isn’t a word (though neither is “spellcheck”) but it is a word and, more importantly it is a whole entity. It’s an act, a title, a …Read More

April 9th, 2011

HAWMC Day 9

by Amanda

Health Activist Choice. Today’s blog post can be about anything you like. Free write! Whether you want to take inspiration from one of your community members or HAWMCers or just recap your April so far – anything and everything is fair game today. Length, topic, style – all up to you!

If you would like an idea for your post …Read More

March 18th, 2011

Follow (this Health Activist Endeavor) Friday!

by Amanda

Today I felt inspired by the popular Twitter hashtag extravaganza “Follow Friday” (#FF), where people suggest their favorite Twitter users every Friday. It’s an easy feel-good way to promote the work of others. And it’s great because it gives you new people to add to your feed! Well, I wanted to do our own version to promote awesome …Read More

January 5th, 2011

#My1Thing

by Amanda

If you were to share one thing about your condition – what would it be?

Inspired by Amy’s awesome Women’s Health discussion “One Thing” – we have a challenge for you to bring back to your communities and to your Twitter feeds.

Amy asked: “If you could share one thing, one morsel of women’s health wisdom, with the …Read More

October 21st, 2009

Exclusive Event for Health Activists: "When to See a Reproductive Endocrinologist: 7 Key Factors", with Glenn Schattman, MD, Cornell University

by admin

Join us on Wednesday, November 4th for an exclusive, Health Activist-only event: “When to See a Reproductive Endocrinologist: 7 Key Factors“.

Our speaker, Dr. Glenn Schatmman of Cornell University, is one of the country’s leading reproductive endocrinologists.
Health Activist participants will gain:
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This event is free and made possible by one of WEGO Health’s sponsors.
We’ll be offering this one-hour webinar at four different times on Wednesday, November 4th: Noon, 4PM, 6PM and 9PM (please note: all times are Eastern Standard Time)
Earn $5 for RESOLVE:WEGO Health is always looking to improve the quality of our Health Activist events. To help us incorporate your ideas and feedback into later programs, WEGO Health will invite all webinar attendees to participate in a brief follow-up survey.
For every attendee who completes this short survey, WEGO Health will make a $5 donation to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Your time helps us learn where …Read More

August 25th, 2009

Join Us: Women’s Health Chat

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Join us on Thursday, September 3rd at 7 PM Eastern for the first-ever Women’s Health Chat on WEGO Health!

This chat is an opportunity to connect with other Women’s Health Activists, ask questions, share resources, and learn about what others are seeing in the community.

We’re thrilled to have Health Activist +/0+/ joining us for this chat as our Featured Health Activist and Guest Moderator. If you’re not familiar with DinDin, be sure to check out her WEGO Health Profile, as well the LiveJournal community about birth control that she moderates.To join the chat on Thursday, simply log in on the homepage: http://community.wegohealth.com by 7 PM Eastern. A small toolbar will show up at the bottom of your screen to …Read More

July 9th, 2009

Spotlight Interview with Dawn Stacey from About.com: Contraception

by admin

I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. And I love educating people about their birth control choices and having seen firsthand how these decisions affect all of our lives.

Where to find her: About.com: Contraception since 2007 and on Twitter @Dawn_Stacey
Occupation: Writer, Advocate, Professor, Stay-at-Home Mommy

How did you first become interested in contraception, family planning, and other women’s health issues?
While pursing my Masters degree, I did an internship at Planned Parenthood that later turned into a full-time job. Through +/2+/, I had the amazing chance to experience real-life struggles and joys in the area of reproductive health. I witnessed both births and abortions—so I can truly describe what to really expect during these times. This introduced me to the world of activism and how important it is to advocate for women’s health issues. Ever since, my passion for contraception and family planning has only grown.

What motivates you in your writing?
I believe that all individuals have the right to manage their fertility and should have access to accurate birth control information. I am passionate about contraception and its importance. My advocacy is what truly motivates me.

I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. And I love educating people about their birth control choices and having seen firsthand how these decisions affect all of our lives.

Who do you admire in the women’s health community?
Though she is no longer around, +/3+/, in my opinion, is the epitome of reproductive health advocacy. I admire all the work that she did to pave the way to where we are today.

What are the biggest trends you see around birth control?
It seems that there has been a renewed interest in IUD use (either the Mirena IUD or the ParaGard IUD). This makes me happy since IUDs have gotten a bad rap in the past. Also, a lot of people as me about extended-cycle birth control pills. These are pills that allow a woman to manage how often she has her period. For example, Lybrel is a pill that is taken every day, so a woman can have no periods. And Seasonique is designed so that a woman only has a 4 periods a year. These are great options for women who have terrible symptoms with their periods. Plan B, emergency contraception, is also a very popular trend right now.

What are the first three tips you tell people who are trying to select a new form of birth control?
People need to know that having sex is about making choices. We choose: our partners, when we’re ready to have sex, when to wait, and what we feel comfortable doing. Now we can finally choose to have sex in the safest way.

When choosing a method, people should factor in a few things: how effective they want the method to be, how convenient, and what type of method would fit into their lifestyle best so that they will be more likely to use it. Also, are they even a candidate for this method? What are the health risks?

What is your favorite health-related website?
That’s easy… mine! One thing that I love about my contraception site is that I created the whole thing—it was my concept. When I began writing for About.com in 2007, there was no contraception site. I was hired to build it from the ground up, so I have personally written every article and blog entry found there.

All my articles are full of accurate information and licensed medical doctors medically review them. So people can know that, without a doubt, the information I am providing is correct. (So much online info about birth control is not correct).

I also try to write in a way that people can understand since these topics can be fairly complex. My website is a wonderful platform to share my knowledge and my understanding of the personal issues that surround birth control use.

What is your favorite health-related book?
I have two – “+/4+/: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health” by Toni Weschler and “+/5+/” by Judy Norsigian

Is your writing/project therapeutic?Very much so. It is wonderful to know that I am helping people make very important decisions. After all, look at what is at stake if people make the wrong decisions about their contraception—pregnancy. The topics that I write about are really life-altering.Words cannot …Read More

June 23rd, 2009

Pregnancy and Oral Health

by admin

In a recent study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, scientists tracked the results of a new model of prenatal care, which incorporated dental care for a group of women in rural Kentucky.Oral health is commonly overshadowed by the other forms of care that women require during pregnancy, including doctors visits, ultrasounds, nutritional care, vitamins and smoking …Read More

June 11th, 2009

We Love Stirrup Queens

by admin

Here at WEGO Health we’re always looking for great new resources – sites we know our community members will find helpful and informative. So we’ve created a new series, “WEGO Health Loves”, to share some of our favorite sites for Health Activists.Check back every week to see our latest crush. We hope you love them just as much as we do!This Week on …Read More

June 10th, 2009

Upcoming Focus Group: Women with Birth Control Experiences (Online & Phone)

by admin

In our ongoing work to empower Health Activists, we are holding Community Insight Groups – online focus groups – for people who are active contributors to the online birth control community.We are holding focus groups in July for women who are currently using birth control, or have in the past. All participants will …Read More