These are the websites that I recommend to my patients. I tell them that they are thoroughly researched, no-nonsense websites, where nobody tries to sell them anything and that do contain "weird" information. I have this list printed and photocopied in each examining room and I often undeline a website or make an "x" in front of a particular website when I recommend a specific topic to a patient.
Here is my list, feel free to copy it and to send me new ideas:
http://medlineplus.gov/ …MedLinePlus is the consumer health portal of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Very extensive, very good.
www.Noah-health.org. NOAH is the “New York Online Access to Health” database, which is big and bold, like so many “New York” things.
http://patients.uptodate.com/index.asp Uptodate patient information is an outstanding and very informative website published by doctors of Harvard Medical School.
www.ACOG.org, the official website of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They have excellent “patient information leaflets” on all topics in Women’s Health.
www.4woman.gov, the government’s website for women’s health, surprisingly good, considering that it is presented by the government.
www.mayoclinic.com, the website of the famous and excellent Mayo Clinic
www.CDC.gov. The website of the Center for Disease Control has great information about infections such as human papilloma virus (HPV), Herpes, HIV, travel medicine and much more
www.Familydoctor.org, the website of the Association of Family Doctors, covers all areas of medicine and explains issues in plain English, easy to understand
www.Menopause.org, The website of the North American Menopause society
www.NOF.org The website of the National Osteoporosis Foundation - fighting osteoporosis and promoting bone health. News, resources and information on advocacy and prevention.
www.Managingcontraception.com. this is the website that offers the best and most accurate information on contraception. You can even download a booklet "Managing Contraception" for free. They also have a very good book on perimenopause: "The Midlife Bible" by Dr. Goodman
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ NCCAM is the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes for Health, a great starting point for alternative medicine questions and information
www.resolve.org The national infertility association website – for education and support
www.MarchofDimes.com Good information about pregnancy
http://www.ucsf.edu/wcc/AboutBladderProbs_resources.html. This is a page on the website of the Continence Center of the University of California San Francisco
that has links to other excellent websites that inform about incontinence
www.quackwatch.org/ the site that keeps tabs on medical websites. They report all kinds of unscientific quackery on the Internet. Should a diagnostic method or treatment sound unfamiliar, very strange or too good to be true, look it up on this website.