Women's Reproductive Health: Home
CDC's women's reproductive health activities focus primarily on research
contraception safety and efficacy, fertility,
infertility, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs). Biomedical, behavioral and surveillance research seek answers to
prevent disease transmission and improve women's health. CDC's Division of
Reproductive Health works with special populations including incarcerated
women and members of managed care organizations. Working with these distinct
populations allows CDC to examine reproductive health disparities among
specific populations and to examine women's reproductive health care and
Protecting Your Reproductive System
Did you know that your reproductive system is one of the most fragile
systems of your body? It can easily get infected or injured. If it does, you
might have long-term health problems. Taking simple steps to prevent getting
or spreading HIV/AIDS and other
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
will help protect you and your loved ones. An STD is an infection or disease
that you get by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who already
has an STD.
Some STDs can be “silent,” which means you do not show any signs of
infection, illness, or disease. Others can have mild to severe symptoms. Get
regular checkups for STDs, even if you do not have any symptoms.
Protecting your reproductive system also means having control over if and
when you become pregnant. But choosing which type of birth control to use is
not easy. Learn what
types of birth control
are available. Talk with your doctor or nurse to help you choose among
Women's Health and Mortality Chartbook
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic bladder condition resulting in
recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder or surrounding pelvic region.
To raise awareness about the five major gynecologic cancers (cervical,
ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar), CDC provides information and
educational materials for women and health care providers.
Adult Immunization Schedule
Preconception care is recognized as a critical component of health care for
women of reproductive age.
Adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods, being
physically active, and avoiding tobacco can prevent or control the
devastating effects of many diseases.
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a drug once prescribed during pregnancy to
prevent miscarriages or premature deliveries.
of Women's Health
of Minority Health
CDC's Office of Genomics
Provides information about human genomic discoveries and how they can be
used to improve health and prevent disease. It also provides links to
CDC wide activities in public health genomics across the lifespan.
Diabetes Education Program (NIH)
Women's Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise* (Institute of
This progress report on the state of women's health research describes the
diseases and conditions where the greatest gains have been made and where
advances have been minimal or lacking. It also recommends additional steps
that researchers, medical journals, and others could take to achieve further
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Page last reviewed: 5/25/2012
Page last modified: 5/25/2012
Division of Reproductive Health,
National Center for Chronic
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion