Associations Emotional & Mental Health Fertility & Family Planning
Gateway Sites Nutrition & Fitness Violence Against Women
Older Women Women with Disabilities Women of Color
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Persons Special Health Concerns


American Medical Association 
Two excellent sections for women are offered: nder Consumer Health Information is to the Women's Health page, which offers easy-to-understand information on topics such as breast cancer, caring for your body, menopause, osteoporosis and contraceptive choices. In the Journals section, is a link to JAMA's Women's Health Information Center.

American Medical Women's Association 
The AMWA web site is a valuable resource for finding authoritative women's health information.

Society for Women's Health Research 
This website offers an overview of women's health research including scientific research findings from medical/health groups, university-based research, the National Institutes of Health and private industry.

Gateway Sites

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 
This important resource for complementary and alternative medicine information is divided into sections for patients and practitioners and researchers.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse
The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from government and professional organizations.

The National Women's Health Information
NWHIC is a project of the Office on Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which was established in 1991. NWHIC is a first-rate gateway to a vast array of women's health information resources.

National Women's Health Resource Center 
The NWHRC web site is a clearinghouse for women's health information covering over seventy-five topics ranging from aging to weight management.

Emotional & Mental Health

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders 
The ANAD web site has authoritative, factual information on definitions, warning signs, studies and therapies used in treating anorexia and bulimia.

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 
The NCADI web site has a substantial collection of prevention, intervention and treatment resources designed for the general public, teachers, parents, youth and prevention/treatment professionals. The best way to access information is to search one of the site's twelve databases such as the Prevention Materials Database (PMD) and the Treatment Resource Database (TRD).

National Institute of Mental Health 
The NIMH web site is an excellent resource for information on anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, child and adolescent mental health, children & violence, depression, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and social phobias.

Fertility & Family Planning

Abortion Clinics OnLine 
Abortion Clinics OnLine is a directory of websites of over 200 providers of abortion services and other reproductive health care. Visitors can view clinic lists organized by category (e.g. late abortion, general anesthesia, emergency contraception), alphabetically, or by state.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine 
ASRM is devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine and biology and promoting the study of reproduction and reproductive disorders. The ASRM web site is logically organized with large sections designed for patients, health professionals and media professionals.

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse 
NAIC is a service of the Children's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The value of this web site lies in its three searchable databases.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America 
This web site offers an impressive array of factual information on birth control methods, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex, abortion and guides for pregnancy and parenting. A directory of Planned Parenthood Health Centers allows searching by zip code, state name or by clicking on a United States map.

Nutrition & Fitness

American Dietetic Association - Nutrition and Health Campaign for Women 
This site's best offerings are full-length documents on nutrition related to heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and weight management.

Melpomene Institute 
Melpomene Institute helps girls and women of all ages link physical activity and health through research, publication and education. The main feature of the site is the Library, a collection of two dozen subjects ranging from body image to women of color. Each subject links to a full-text document and related web resources.

Violence Against Women

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 
This web site serves as an information and referral center for battered women and their children, the general public, media, allied and member agencies and organizations.

National Coalition Against Sexual Assault 
A reliable source of information on myths and facts related to sexual assault with easy-to read documents on topics such as sexual harassment and what to do when someone you care for has been sexually assaulted.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network 
The RAINN web site is useful for those seeking a local crisis center and anyone wanting to learn more about rape, abuse and incest. One can conduct a comprehensive search for crisis and counseling centers by state and link to a list of state coalitions against sexual assault including web pages when available.

Older Women

Administration on Aging 
The AoA web site offers an expansive collection of educational and referral information for older people, their caregivers, health care professionals and those interested in learning about this rapidly growing population.

Alzheimer's Association 
This web site is easy to navigate with major sections devoted to persons with Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers, and the media.

National Osteoporosis Foundation 
The NOF web site is an excellent source of high quality information. Health consumers can find facts and illustrations concerned with osteoporosis, bone health and bone density.

The North American Menopause Society 
The NAMS web site is an effective tool for learning about menopause and locating related resources.

Women with Disabilities

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities 
This web site offers health and wellness information on topics such as chronic conditions, health maintenance, reproductive health, sexuality and mental health.

Women with DisAbilities 
This site addresses important health issues for a variety of disabilities including physical, neurological, hearing, speech, and visual impairment.

Women of Color

Health Information for Minority Women  
This site offers excellent information addressing special health concerns of women of color. It is organized into major sections for each of the following four racial and ethnic minority groups: African American, American Indian / Alaskan Native, Asian / Pacific Islander, and Hispanic / Latina.

Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Persons

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
(GLMA) is a non-profit organization of 2,000 medical professionals representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) physicians and medical students, as well as millions of LGBT patients. For those seeking information on LGBT health issues this web site is a useful resource.

Special Health Concerns

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association 
This web site's extensive coverage of autoimmune diseases and disorders, such as as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, makes it an excellent introduction to the subject.

American Diabetes Association 
Patients, physicians, researchers and the general public will find valuable information on this web site. A major section on diabetes information links to full-text documents on the two types of diabetes, nutrition, exercise, recipes, recommendations and special sections for the newly diagnosed and African-Americans.

American Heart Association Women's Web  
The AHA's Women's Web site, also called "Take Wellness to Heart", is a premier resource for those who want factual information on women's heart disease and stroke, as well as the related problem of high blood pressure.

CDC Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention    
This web site's abundance of full-text information on specific diseases makes it an excellent starting point for finding reliable STD facts and information.

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service 
CenterWatch offers an international listing of clinical trials, research studies that test a new treatment. This web site holds a wealth of information related to clinical trials, such as a listing of more than 41,000 government- and industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA.

DES Action USA 
DES is a synthetic form of estrogen that was prescribed from the early 1940s until 1971 to help women with certain complications of pregnancy. This web site is an authoritative source of current information about DES and health risks and care for DES daughters, sons and women who took DES.

Endometriosis Association 
The Endometriosis Association (EA) is a non-profit, self-help organization founded by women for women. This web site contains useful resources for patients and researchers interested in endometriosis.

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations 
The NABCO web site is an excellent place to find current breast cancer and breast health material, information about breast cancer research and events, and resources for further information.

National Cancer Institute 
An authoritative source of current cancer information, this site is highly recommended for health professionals, basic researchers, patients and anyone interested in learning more about this complex topic.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition 
This web site is recommended for its resources directed at patients and their families, and for its up-to-date information on cervical cancer research and treatment.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition 
The NOCC web site provides useful information about ovarian cancer and a support network for women affected by the disease. One can read up on prevention methods, risk factors and symptoms and find sources for further information.

Women Alive 
This web site offers a wide range of helpful material written for the newly diagnosed HIV positive woman. One can read about HIV transmission, opportunistic infections that affect only women, and treatment options ranging from antivirals and prophylactics to alternative therapies.

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Adapted from: Shedivy, J.M. 2001 A Guide to Women's Health on the Web. Reference Services Review 29(1): 40-52.