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Due to the lapse in government funding, only websites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date and the agency will not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.

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Writing, editing, and review process

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is committed to offering reliable, accurate, and up-to-date information on the health of girls.

Here’s how we do this:

  • We research our information using federal government sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • When we recommend a certain health test or type of care, we base that recommendation on information from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (a group of medical experts that includes family doctors and pediatricians). If the task force doesn't have info on a topic, we get the information from other federal government agencies.
  • If there's no information on a topic from a government agency, we look at information from major health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • We use research studies that are reviewed by experts and published in major scientific journals.
  • To make sure that our content meets girls’ needs, we work with girls, health care professionals who work in girls’ health, and researchers who study girls’ health.
  • After we write our content, several team members review and edit it to make sure that it is easy to read. We follow a government guide on clear writing, and we try to write at a 4th-grade to 6th-grade reading level.
  • Subject experts review our information. The reviewers are government experts and other health professionals who want to help us make sure our pages are clear, correct, and up-to-date.
  • We try not to repeat information that is available on other government websites. We link to that content instead.
  • We want to make sure that as many people as possible can use our website. We use special tools to make sure our information can be used by people with disabilities (such as blindness). To learn more, read the accessibility policy of the Office on Women’s Health, which is responsible for

If you have any questions about our policy, please contact us.


Content last reviewed July 24, 2013
Page last updated October 31, 2013