What Is the ORWH?

It sounds like some Orwellian agency buried within the federal bureaucracy. It is the Office of Research on Women’s Health (http://orwh.od.nih.gov), established in 1990 within the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its mission is to coordinate women’s health research funded by the NIH. It works in partnership with the NIH institutes and centers to ensure that women’s health research is part of the scientific framework at NIH and throughout the scientific community.

In a booklet titled Women’s Health Research for the 21st Century, a “Medicine for the Public” booklet, one of the “frequently asked questions” is “Do any women go through menopause without symptoms?” The answer is yes. It’s true that some women “pass right through menopause with no immediate symptoms that can be detected.” That’s great news! And again, treatment must always be based on the individual, not just research results and statistics.

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