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Women's Health

Women’s health goes beyond pregnancy and childbirth. The leading causes of death for women include heart disease, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. While healthy lifestyle guidelines may be similar for both men and women, women’s medical issues and symptoms may be different. The following resources will help women learn more and understand how to take control of their health.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Women’s Health
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This site highlights every important aspect on women’s health. It offers information on women’s health topics, organizations, publications, health tools, statistics, campaigns and events, funding opportunities and so much more important information for healthy lifestyles for women.

CDC: Women’s Health: Prevention Works for Women
The CDC offers a list of program and activities, information on health funding, approaches to women’s health, information on minority health, and information on women and infectious diseases.

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics
This trusted website offers statistics and facts on women’s topics such as population, health status, risk factors, access, preventive care, mortality, and other trends.

Mayo Clinic: Women’s Health
This website offers information on women’s health concerns, prevention and screening guidelines, diseases, and practical tools such as a symptom checker and health monitor.


  • Ancient bodies, modern lives: how evolution has shaped women’s health. Trevathan W. 2010
  • In our control: complete guide to contraceptive choices for women. Eldridge L. 2010
  • Women’s global health and human rights. Murthy P, ed. 2010
  • Oxford textbook of women and mental health. Kohen D. 2010
  • Menopause matters: your guide to a long and happy life. Schlam J. 2010
  • Contemporary women’s health: Issues for today and the future. Kolander C. 2008
  • Optimizing women’s health through nutrition. Thompson L. 2008
  • Taking care of your “girls”: A breast health guide for girls, teens, and in-betweens. Weiss M. 2008
  • The active female : health issues throughout the lifespan. Robert-McComb JJ. 2008
  • Betty Crocker cookbook for women: The complete guide to women’s health and wellness at every stage of life. 2007
  • New dimensions in women’s health. Alexander L. 2007
  • Women’s encyclopedia of natural medicine. Hudson T. 2007
  • Women’s vascular health. Greer I. 2007
  • African American women’s health and social issues. Collins CF, ed. 2006
  • Bioethics and Women: Across the Lifespan. Mahowald MB. 2006 Available electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health+library+virtual+library.
  • Neurologic disease in women. Kaplan PW, ed. 2006
  • Savvy woman patient: How and why sex differences affect your health. Greenberger P, ed. 2006


  • Mini-Med School: What every woman should know about healthy aging. 90 min. each.
  • Heart health: What smart women need to know. 180 min.


New Mom Support Group
This class is offered to assist new mothers with postpartum adjustment during the baby's first year. This ongoing, unstructured discussion group is facilitated by a clinical expert with particular expertise in helping women successfully cope with the challenges of the childbearing years. Learn techniques to better cope with difficult emotions and stressful situations. A complimentary, on-site, baby holding service is available. This support group offers women a chance to explore their feelings. This is recommended for women feeling stressed, depressed or anxious and in need for additional support during this time. Good for women with a history of postpartum depression or difficulty with postpartum adjustment with previous pregnancies. The mother may bring her baby to the support group. This is a series that is six-weeks long. The group meets every Monday morning. A clinical social worker will contact you before registration is complete to ensure that this class is best for you.

For more information or to register:
Phone: 1-877-926-4664

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Alberto Culver Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 30, 2012