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January 2023 Office of Women's Health e-Update


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Message from the Associate Commissioner

As you make your new year resolutions, we encourage you to prioritize your health and schedule annual medical check-ups and health screenings. This month is Cervical Health Awareness Month and serves as an important reminder that you can lower your cervical cancer risk with regular screenings. The HPV (human papillomavirus) and Pap tests are screening tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or detect it early. We encourage you to learn more about HPV and talk to your health care provider about screening options.

In 2023, we look forward to continuing our critical work to promote and conduct women’s health research initiatives, disseminate free FDA health education materials through our outreach activities and collaborative partnerships to advance the health of women.

From all of us at the FDA Office of Women’s Health, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year!


Kaveeta Vasisht, M.D., Pharm.D.

Associate Commissioner for Women's Health
Director, Office of Women's Health


Below are links to specific COVID-19 topics and the latest vaccine fact sheets, with a full list of the latest COVID-19 information from the FDA here.


National Birth Defects Awareness Month

January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month. Did you know getting enough folic acid is important for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant? Folic acid helps your body build new cells and may help prevent some birth defects. Learn more about what you should know about Folate and Folic Acid on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels. Check out the FDA Pregnancy webpage for resources to help expectant mothers make informed decisions about their health and the health of their babies. Understand how pregnancy registries can help improve safety information for pregnant women.


Pregnancy Registry

Pregnancy covid19

Pregnancy exposure registries are studies that collect health information on exposure to medical products such as drugs and vaccines during pregnancy. 

Learn more about pregnancy registries today!

Participate in Upcoming FDA Meetings

Visit FDA Meetings, Conferences and Workshops to find out about available meetings.


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