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FDA Office of Women's Health Update Archive

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The Office of Women's Health e-Update highlights women's health initiatives, meetings, and regulatory safety information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The e-Update is disseminated via email to the public.

Current Issue - August 2014

Message from the Director

As you transition from your summer outreach to planning for fall activities, I encourage you to look to FDA for resources. In this update, you will find links to back-to-school resources, tips for breastfeeding mothers, and announcements for several upcoming meetings and conference exhibits.

Marsha Henderson - Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health


Registration Open for FDA Meetings on Female Sexual Dysfunction

FDA will conduct a Patient-Focused Drug Development Public Meeting and a Scientific Workshop on female sexual dysfunction (FSD) on October 27 – 28, 2014 at FDA’s White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, MD. On Day 1, FDA is interested in obtaining patient input on the most common form of FSD, female sexual interest/arousal disorder (FSIAD). On Day 2, there will be a scientific workshop to discuss how best to facilitate the development of safe and effective drug therapies to treat FSIAD and how best to identify valid patient-reported outcome measures to determine whether disease symptoms improve with specific interventions.

Register for the Meeting:  


Wrinkle Fillers and other Facial Fillers

Wrinkle fillers, also known as dermal fillers or facial soft tissue fillers, are approved by FDA for use in helping to create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face. These products are used for correcting defects in the face, such as moderate to severe facial wrinkles and skin folds, lip and cheek augmentation, and to restore or correct the signs of facial fat loss in people with HIV. Most dermal fillers injected into the skin have a temporary effect, because over time they are absorbed by the body. FDA has approved only one product made from a material that remains in the body and is not absorbed.

FDA has not approved dermal fillers for increasing breast or buttock size or for injections anywhere other than in the face. FDA has not approved liquid silicone or silicone gel for injection to fill wrinkles or augment tissues anywhere in the body.

Get the Facts before Using Fillers:


Back to School Resources

FDA has resources to help parents of young children, teens, and college students prepare for the school year. Use these resources to help keep students safe.


Pregnancy Twitter Chat: August 28

FDA’s Office of Women’s Health (@FDAWomendisclaimer icon) is joining the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (@NICHD_NIHdisclaimer icon) and @MarchofDimesdisclaimer icon for a #pregnancychat on Twitter on August 28 from 2–3 p.m. EDT. The chat will focus on ways in which women can ensure a healthy pregnancy. It will also highlight Know Your Terms, NIH’s new initiative for parents-to-be and health care professionals.



FDA Resources for Breastfeeding Mothers

Breast pumps are medical devices regulated by the FDA. These devices are often used by breastfeeding women to extract (“express”) their breast milk. FDA has general tips to help women choose, use, and clean breast pumps. 


FDA Meetings


OWH Conference Exhibits

  • National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing & Health – August 19-21, Atlanta, GA
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness –September 4-5, Washington, DC



Past OWH eUpdate Issues


Contact FDA

Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health

10903 New Hampshire Avenue


Silver Spring, MD 20993

Page Last Updated: 09/03/2014
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