Women's Health Updates — March 2022

Learn about recent developments in women's health as well as SWHR's activities that promote the study of sex and gender influences on health and serve our mission to improve women's health through science, policy, and education.
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SWHR’s 2022 Annual Awards Gala on April 28, 2022 at the InterContinental Washington, DC – The Wharf will honor Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sudip S. Parikh, PhD, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Pfizer, Inc. Find sponsorship and ticket information here, or contact Joy Braun, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, at joy@swhr.org or 202.496.5001. Follow the event on social media at #SWHRGala.
SWHR is celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This year's theme of #BreakTheBias works to ensure research is diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive.

Leading up to International Womens Day, the Here for Her Health team at Organon is collecting stories about how we can prioritize women's health. Visit hereforherhealth.com/make-time to share your thoughts on how International Women’s Day can be utilized as a way to make meaningful change.

Nature is spotlighting women in academia, industry, and policymaking this International Women's Day, in the Breaking Barriers for Gender Equity Through Research event on March 9. Register and learn more here.

Approximately 1.3 million women in the United States transition into menopause each year, a change that can last up an average of 4-7 years, depending on each individual's experience.

On February 16, SWHR hosted Embracing the Change of My Midlife as part of its Menopause Mindfulness series, featuring the stories of three women embracing their menopause journeys.

Check out more of SWHR's menopause resources:

Join the conversation about menopause on social media at #SWHRtalksMenopause.

Share your menopause story with SWHR by emailing communications@swhr.org with your full name, contact information, and a short summary of your story. Your story may be featured on the SWHR website!

What is SWHR reading? "To Ease Menopause Symptoms, Add a Little Melody" in TIME explores how regularly listening to music may help some women manage menopausal symptoms.
Infertility is increasingly common in the United States, and while infertility occurs equally in men and women, women tend to bear a greater burden in infertility treatment and care management.

SWHR has created a pair of resource guides for patients and providers to increase awareness and quality of fertility health care. Check out the full Women's Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care and the Clinician Resource Guide to Fertility Health Care.

Learn more about infertility treatment options and access to care at SWHR's upcoming public forum, The Fertility Journey: Understanding Options and Navigating Care on March 18, at noon ET. Register here.

Join the conversation about on social media at #SWHRtalksFertility.

Share your fertility story by emailing communications@swhr.org with your full name, contact information, and a short summary of your story. Your story may be featured on the SWHR website!

What is SWHR reading? "Honor Black History Month by supporting lifesaving women's health research" in The Hill discusses how uterine fibroids can affect women's health, including fertility, and how the passage of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act (H.R. 2007) would advance research and care. Hear from women living with fibroids in SWHR's Focus on Fibroids event series.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month helps raise awareness and improve care for millions of women living with endometriosis. For every 10 women in your life, at least 1 likely has endometriosis. SWHR has created resources to help individuals with endometriosis navigate their care, like the Endometriosis Toolkit: A Patient Empowerment Guide Toolkit. Follow the conversation all month long on social media at #SWHRtalksEndometriosis.

In honor of International Women’s Day this year, Nature is spotlighting women in academia, industry, and policymaking. This conference will bring together women and allies in various stages of their careers, and provide opportunities to network and develop mentoring relationships. Register for the event here and follow on social media at #NatconfBreakingBarriers.

Have you or someone you know faced challenges with fertility? Nearly 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining their pregnancy. SWHR is hosting a virtual public forum on March 18, 2022 at noon ET with three experts to discuss treatment and care options for women. Register for the event here and join the conversation on social media at #SWHRtalksFertility.

See SWHR's event calendar for more SWHR events and other women's health events.
SWHR has released several letters and comments on recent policy actions in the field of women's health so far this year. Read more below.
In this third guest blog, the Society of Interventional Radiology shares how having an interventional radiologist available during childbirth may help mothers facing risks of postpartum hemorrhage. Read the blog post here.
Hear Two Women's Health Researchers Reflect on their Journeys
SWHR spoke with Chief Science Officer Dr. Irene Aninye (left), on her path through science path and what advice she would give other women and girls. Read the full interview here.

SWHR interviewed Dr. Jill Becker, editor-in-chief at Biology of Sex Differences (right) about her role and plans for the journal this year. Read the blog here.
What else is SWHR reading? Check out what SWHR's team is reading. Have you read a great piece on women's health? Respond to this email and share with us!

Do you have a personal women's health story you want to share with SWHR? Share your stories about diagnoses, seeking care, and living with narcolepsy, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, menopause, Alzheimer’s disease, managing your bone health, undergoing prenatal screening, or another women's health conditions. Email communications@swhr.org with your full name, contact information, and a short summary of your story (or click the link below), and your story could be featured on the SWHR website!
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