Women's Health E-Update May 2023

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OWH e Alert

 May 2023


Message from the Associate Commissioner

Dear Women’s Health Colleagues,

This year, National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) begins on Mother's Day, May 14th and serves as an important reminder for women to prioritize their health needs. The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) theme for this year is #KNOWHmore About Your Health, Today and Every Day. We are encouraging women to #KNOWHmore by bringing attention to a range of health topics that are specific and important to women such as pregnancy, uterine fibroids, menopause, and osteoporosis.

We also invite you to read our NWHW OWH blog post focused on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) featuring Dr. Kathleen Hoeger, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility, affecting 6% to 12% of US women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS can also develop serious health problems. Dr. Hoeger shares informative insights on this important condition.

Please join us in recognizing NWHW by making your health needs a priority. We encourage you to visit our National Women's Health Week webpage and share our women’s health resources and social media posts with your communities.


Kaveeta P. Vasisht, M.D., Pharm.D.

Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health

Director, Office of Women’s Health (OWH)



Below are links to specific COVID-19 topics with a full list of the latest COVID-19 information from the FDA here.


May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month. We’re celebrating the many contributions and achievements of these vibrant and diverse communities. Read and share our women’s health resources with all the AANHPI women in your communities.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month of May, we would like to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. More than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness. This is a time to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health conditions. Many are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will help you and the people you care about. Learn more about the symptoms of depression and download our medicine booklet for specific depression treatment information. Learn how to talk about mental health and how to get help for yourself or someone you care about.

Women's Health Highlights

Pregnant Woman

Pregnancy exposure registries are studies that collect health information on exposure to medical products such as drugs and vaccines during pregnancy. 

Learn more about pregnancy registries today!


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