Quick Start Guide

Welcome to the HealthyWomen Community! We're so happy that you have joined us. Here are a few answers to the most common questions. If you don't see your question here, no problem. Just go to our Contact Us page and let us know how we can help.

What is the HealthyWomen Community?

The HealthyWomen Community was launched by the nonprofit HealthyWomen, the nation's leading independent health information source for women. HealthyWomen's mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. Utilizing the latest sharing technologies, we can now provide an easy-to-access online meeting place where women can discuss health matters with experts and with other women who may be going through the same things—in short, to tap the expertise, wit and wisdom of women.

How do I get started?

After you join, start by completing your Profile page. We want to get to know you! Tell us where you're from, what's going on in your life and what's important to you. But we aren't all business here. Let us in on the fun stuff, too. What do you like to do to relax? What are your favorite foods? Who do you turn to for inspiration? The Profile page is a great way for your fellow members to get to know you a little more personally.

How do I use the HealthyWomen Community?

The HealthyWomen Community is here for you. You can make the experience what you want it to be. We have a lot of options to bring you the support and information you need, whether you choose to use them or just peruse them.

Blogs are available on a wide variety of topics. We have a number of health experts who share their extensive knowledge and training for your benefit. Feel free to comment on the blogs or reach out to the experts directly.

We also invite members to write their own blog posts or comment on other’s posts. Maybe there's a blog post that mirrors your life or answers a question you've been wondering about. Or maybe there's an experience you'd like to share. Have you gone through something that you think other women will benefit from hearing about? Then click on Add a Blog Post and share it. Later you can discuss with your blog readers in the comments below your post.

Discussions are the place to ask and answer questions. Do you want to ask about a new symptom you're feeling? A diagnosis or an upcoming surgery? Maybe you just need tips for getting a good night's sleep. Here's the place to ask! Also, look through and see if there are questions that you may have the answers to. We're all in this together, so let's share what we know with one another!

Groups are where members get together around a similar interest. Are you looking for parenting resources in your local area? Do you need new recipes for special dietary restrictions? Maybe you need consistent support to manage a chronic illness. Join a group that meets your needs, or if you don't see one that you find interesting, start one of your own.

Our Popular page gives you a quick summary of what's hopping in the HealthyWomen Community. Whether it's a lively discussion that's keeping everyone talking or a new blog post that many of our members can relate to, Popular sums up what's keeping our members busy!

How do I find friends here?

By reaching out! Check out our Members page. You can browse the list and click on each person's profile. Be sure to take advantage of our Search box. Is bicycling one of your favorite hobbies? Search "bicycling" and find other members who share your interest. You can also search names and cities to start finding members to whom you can relate.

You'll make more friends the more you participate. By commenting on a blog or answering a question, you're helping the rest of us get to know you.

How can I adjust my account settings?

On the upper right corner of every page, you'll see a blue box with your name and then a few options below it. Click on Settings to add a profile picture, change your password or update your profile.

What if I don't see my question here?

Feel free to stop by our Members' Corner and ask a question in our discussions. You can always click on the Contact Us at the bottom of every page and ask any questions you have.

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