Women's Health

General Information

Welcome to the Women’s Health section of the Health Education website.  You will find information throughout this site that may be helpful to you in maintaining your health, and this section offers some information that may be particularly helpful to college-aged women.

Some general health tips to keep in mind:

  • If you are sexually active, practice safer sex and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you are sexually active with men, take some time to understand the risks of pregnancy, and the contraceptive options that are available. 
  • To maintain a natural body weight and prevent the development of a preoccupation with food, avoid dieting. Click here for more information about healthy, normal eating.
  • Take the opportunity to boost bone health while you can still add to your bone density.  Paying attention to bone health can prevent osteoporosis—both now and in the future.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
  • If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, click here for information on how to quit or cut down.
  • Practice monthly breast self-exams to detect breast cancer.
  • Be pro-active about cultivating healthy ways to manage stress.  Learn practical ways to improve the regularity and the quality of your sleep.
    Recognize the importance of support.  Everyone’s well-being depends on a supportive network of family and friends.  Asking for help from these people, and from resources at Brown is a sign of strength.