Highly Recommended

MedlinePlus – Women’s Health

MedlinePlus's Women's Health topic section is recommended as a starting point for links to reputable women's health websites, putting users in touch with resources on prevention, screenings, conditions, aging, and more. This site isn't as detaield as other sites focusing on women's health topics and is suggested for general browsing rather than specific searches.

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Review Date: 5/2/2018

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Ease of Use

Clearly-labelled subsection headings organize what would otherwise be an overwhelming number of links to navigate. Each topic leads to a page with a "Start Here" section that provides basic information on a condition before moving into topics like diagnosis, treatment, images, and clinical trials. Although the search bar pulls results from the entire MedlinePlus catalogue, using this website is as easy as scrolling a page and finding the topic of most relevance.

Visual Design

MedlinePlus features a professional and simple visual design. Few images populate the pages here, but the topics explored often have links to relevant multimedia, especially videos. The site's use of color is subtle and pleasant, proving that a website doesn't need to be flashy in order to stand out visually.

Quality

This website has limited content about health and wellness issues in women. Users will need to consult other parts of MedlinePlus and likely other websites for a detailed look at women's health issues. The information here isn't referenced, but the page's resources come from numerous high quality sources.

Credibility

Individual authors/editors are not identified, but the organizations responsible for the content are reliable and clearly identified. MedlinePlus updates its pages within a two year period, but currency of linked content varies depending on the site listed. No red flags are apparent regarding the credibility of the resources available here.

Pros

  1. Women's health resources for common issues like pregnancy, menopause, healthy eating, and aging
  2. Majority of resources are written by medical professionals
  3. Comprehensive collection of links to some of the most widely-recognized authorities in online health, including American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
  4. "Easy to Read" label on some links signals users to more audience-friendly pages

Cons

  1. Not as much depth as on other women's health websites
  2. Readability inconsistent, with some sources focused on the consumer while others cater toward medical professionals

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: HON seal (2017)

Additional Features: Videos, health check tools, doctor locator, relevant journal articles, e-magazine

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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