The Future of Women’s Healthcare

In the United States, equal access to healthcare for women has long been a critical topic in the women’s movement. From controversies ranging from contraception to abortion rights, gender-differentiated distinctions have shaped women’s healthcare services for decades. Although women’s healthcare has come a long way in the past 30 years, today women are still more likely than men to not have health insurance.  The following is a list of informative links that discuss a range of current topics regarding women’s healthcare, including reproductive health, family and maternity care, and domestic violence.

Reproduction Health

Abortion Access Project: Abortion Access Project is a grassroots coalition of reproductive rights activists and women’s health care providers who are dedicated to making all reproductive health care services, including abortion, readily accessible to all women.

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: This is a pro-choice medical organization whose mission is to educate healthcare professionals and the public on a range of women’s reproductive topics, including abortion.

Pacific Institute for Women’s Health: The Pacific Institute works to improve the sexual and reproductive health of all women and works through advocacy, training, community involvement and applied research.

Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI): SREI is a professional organization that deals with issues of gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. Its aim is to promote excellence in reproductive healthcare through research, education and patient care.

Women’s Health Practice: Women’s Health Practice is a private medical practice focusing on obstetrics, gynecology, infertility and women’s wellness care. It provides information on women’s unique health problems, including abortion, fertilization, diets, different types of cancer and menopause.

Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP): Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project raises money for low-income women who are unable to pay for emergency contraception or a safe and legal abortion.

Maternity Care

American Pregnancy Association: The American Pregnancy Association includes data on healthcare services for pregnant women, contact information for sources like Medicaid and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and information on healthcare discount programs.

Maternal and Family Health Services: Based in Pennsylvania, Maternal and Family Health Services is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of women through maternal healthcare services, such as nursing and family planning.

A Woman’s Place: A Woman’s Place offers complete healthcare services for women, by women, including gynecology, obstetrics and maternity care. The website includes descriptions of services, doctors, the staff’s backgrounds and other relevant health information.

World Health Organization (WHO): WHO offers information on the most critical issues in maternity care today, including the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum depression.

Health & Wellness

American Medical Women’s Association: American Medical Women’s Association is dedicated to the care of female patients. Its website includes relevant health advice, as well as contact information for reliable physicians who specifically provide women’s healthcare services.

Complete Motions: Complete Motions offers health coaching in order to help women live a holistically healthy life, which includes taking care of one’s physical, intellectual and emotional states. The website includes information on all programs offered as well as contact details.

National Women’s Health Network: The National Women’s Health Network is a clearinghouse for health information. Its website includes information on topics such as alternative medicine, breast cancer, fibroids, menopause and yeast infections.

Oprah, Health: Oprah’s webpage on women’s health includes articles on relevant health topics, including fitness, weight, pregnancy, sexuality and emotional wellbeing.

Women’s Wellness: This website discusses breast cancer, wellness and menopause. It also features an active discussion list and ample research materials.

Women’s Center for Wellness: Women’s Center for Wellness provides health services such as diabetes self-management, nutrition counseling, breast health, rehabilitation, maternity support and other services.

Women’s Health News: Women’s Health News includes features such as a blog explaining relevant health policies, news and resources from a medical librarian.

Medicine

Acupuncture for Women: Acupuncture for Women is a clinic that focuses on infertility and women’s health issues with acupuncture and herbs. The website includes information on treatments, cases studies, a “frequently asked questions” section, as well as an e-clinic.

Lesbian STD: Supported through the University of Washington’s Vaginal Health Project, Lesbian STD pursues ongoing research on sexually transmitted diseases found in women who have sex with other women. The website includes information on bacterial vaginosis, other forms of vaginitis, and major treatments.

OBG Management: This is a women’s healthcare medical journal for obstetricians and gynecologists. It publishes evidence-based medical literature on patient care.

Women’s Health-Natural Solutions: This website offers advice on women’s health issues, such as menopause, PMS, depression, and anxiety. Overall, the site emphasizes alternative medicine and treatment.

Women’s Reproductive Health: Women’s Reproductive Health provides information on all aspects of PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, infertility, menopause and breast cancer. On the website, both medical resources as well as health experiences are listed.

Sexual and/or Domestic Violence

Asian Women’s Shelter: Founded in 1988, AWS addresses the needs of women, children and transgender survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

Domestic Violence, U.S. Resources: This website lists links to articles, agencies and organizations working on issues concerning domestic violence.

Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women: The Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women’s website provides information, a hotline, and resources for battered lesbians, bisexual and transgender women.

International Planned Parenthood: Founded in 1952, the International Planned Parenthood Federation is an international feminist organization. Today it includes 152 member associations working in over 170 countries. Their website features research and resources for women around the world who have suffered from domestic violence.

Additional Resources

For those interested in becoming involved in improving women’s health care services, here are some links to organizations currently working on women’s healthcare issues:

Center for Reproductive Rights: As a nonprofit, legal advocacy organization, the Center for Reproductive Rights promotes and defends the reproductive rights of women worldwide.

Equality Now: Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to seeking civil, political, economic and social rights for all women.

Feminist Majority Foundation: The Feminist Majority Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works for social, political and economic equality for women through research and education.