Health Matters for Women
New from CDC
Wear Red for a Million Hearts
Wear red on February 3, National Wear Red Day®, the first Friday in American Heart Month and learn how to prevent heart disease.
Cervical Cancer: The Preventable Gynecologic Cancer
Most cases of cervical cancer are easily preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. Now vaccines are available to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.
Be One in a Million this American Heart Month
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
Prepregnancy Contraceptive Use Among Teens with Unintended Pregnancies Resulting in Live Births - Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2004-2008
This report indicates that teens from 19 states who delivered a live infant from an unintended pregnancy have much lower rates of contraceptive use when compared with all sexually active teens.
Cancer Screening - United States, 2010
The proportions of women being screened for breast cancer (72.4%) and cervical cancers (83.0%) are below the respective Healthy People 2020 targets of 81.1% and 93.0%.
Prevalence of Obesity: United States, 2009-2010
More than one third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009-2010. More than 35% of U.S. men and women were obese in 2009–2010. There was no significant difference in prevalence between men and women at any age.
Are Your Kids Protected from HPV-related Cancers?
Protect your sons and daughters from human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer and other diseases associated with HPV by getting them the HPV vaccine.
Folic Acid Helps Prevent Neural Tube Defects
If a woman consumes 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, she can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy.
Home Births in the United States: 1990-2009
After a decline from 1990 to 2004, the percentage of U.S. births that occurred at home increased by 29%, from 0.56% of births in 2004 to 0.72% in 2009.
Have a Safe and Healthy Super Bowl Celebration
Whether you are having or going to a party, these tips provide a Healthy Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday.
Partner Services Providers Quick Guide (pdf)
A reference tool for disease intervention specialists, public health nurses and other partner services providers in health departments and community organizations that provide STD and HIV partner services.
Vital Signs: Binge Drinking Prevalence, Frequency, and Intensity Among Adults - United States, 2010
The results in this report indicate that in 2010, binge drinking was common among U.S. adults, and persons who binge drank tended to do so frequently (average of four times per month) and with high intensity (average of eight drinks on occasion), placing themselves and others at a significantly greater risk for alcohol-attributable harms.
Atlas on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Data
This Atlas was created to provide an interactive platform for accessing HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted disease, and tuberculosis. Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of HIV, AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis surveillance data.
Three Decades of Twin Births in the United States, 1980-2009
The number of twin births more than doubled from 1980 through 2009, rising from 68,339 to more than 137,000 births in each year from 2006 to 2009. In 1980, 1 in every 53 babies born in the United States was a twin, compared with 1 in every 30 births in 2009.
Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit
The Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit provides a set of tools to assess the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44 affected by natural and man-made disasters. (Funding and scientific technical assistance provided by CDC).
Medication Use During Pregnancy
The safety of most medications taken by pregnant women is unknown and dependent on many factors. Talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
Surveillance of Demographic Characteristics and Health Behaviors Among Adult Cancer Survivors - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2009
An estimated 7.2% of the U.S. general population aged ≥18 years reported having received a previous cancer diagnosis (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer). A greater proportion of women (8.4%) than men (6.0%) reported ever receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Among women, the most common primary cancer types were breast (32.4%); cervix, uterus, ovary (24.8%); and melanoma (9.6%).
Development and Testing of a Clinic-Based Intervention to Increase Dual Protection against Unintended Pregnancy and STDs
among High Risk Female Teens [RFA-DP-12-001]
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to develop and evaluate a clinic-based intervention addressing access to, motivation for, and adherence to dual protection strategies that concurrently protect against unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among high risk 15-19 year old females. Closing Date: March 26, 2012.
Identifying Reasons for Racial/Ethnic Disparities with Completing the HPV Vaccine Series among Adolescent
The purpose of this FOA is to seek a cooperative agreement to identify factors contributing to HPV vaccination coverage disparities among adolescent females and to identify possible strategies for addressing these barriers. Closing Date: March 28, 2012.