Although men and women share many health concerns, women’s health issues include conditions that only affect the female anatomy, such as childbirth, pregnancy complications and menopause. Moreover, women’s health during their reproductive years also impacts the health of the next generation.
International women’s reproductive health is also a relevant topic, given that complications that can arise from having a baby are the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 15 and 19 in developing countries. Other areas of concern for women worldwide include depression and cardiovascular disease. When it comes to women’s health, there is a wealth of research paper topics.
Women’s health issues
When it comes to the study of women’s health, one could easily spend years doing research. A good place to start is at Questia where you can search by keyword or use the Library feature to search by topic within millions of books, articles and journals.
Topics related to women’s health include:
Because these issues often intersect with political and social concerns, you will soon discover that your research takes on broader dimensions.
An example is found in the book Gender, Health, and Healing: The Public/Private Divide by Gillian Bendelow, Mick Carpenter, Caroline Vautier and Simon Williams. In this book the authors have compiled essays from several contributors who address the convergence of politics, sociology and biomedical advances in genetics and other issues related to women’s health.
“The contributors maintain a consistent emphasis throughout on critical debates and key developments, and their efforts have produced an exciting volume that lies at the intersection of gender studies, the sociology of health and healing, health policy, the critical analysis of scientific knowledge and current debates around the body, health and emotions,” the authors wrote.
Federal research paper resources
Several organizations and federal agencies focus on research in women’s health. Their web sites offer links to resources that will help you in your own research.
Sites of interest include:
- Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)
- National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
- Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Women’s Health
If you want to take your research to a global scale then check with the World Health Organization (WHO) web site on women’s health.
According to the site, “The health of women and girls is of particular concern because, in many societies, they are disadvantaged by discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors. For example, women and girls face increased vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.”
Academic institutions and health care establishments are also excellent sources of information on current research in women’s health.
Sources of academic research include:
- Mayo Clinic
- Yale School of Medicine
- University of Colorado, Denver
At these sites you can find information on current research and who is doing that research. You may decide to then seek out their research papers or even contact them for an interview for your term paper.
For example, in a keyword search for “women’s health research,” I was able to locate a copy of the report, “Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women’s Health Can’t Wait,” from the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The foreword to the report explained why women’s health research is of such importance.
“The past two decades have shown not only that sex differences exist, but have produced scientific advancements that enhance our ability to discover why they occur and how we might adapt prevention, detection and treatment strategies for the benefit of women and men alike,” the authors stated.
What do you think is the most important topic to research in women’s health? Tell us in the comments.