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LISTEN AGAIN: Achieving Optimal Wellness through Nutrition

Kim Ross is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (NY), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (FL) and Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. In this interview, she highlights numerous ways in which women can improve their health naturally. Listen in to learn about: What nutrients do hormones need? How can a nutritionist help with hormone imbalance? Nutrition vs Dieting: What is the Difference? How to make incremental shifts in your eating and lifestyle to decrease toxins and increase health What are the symptoms of malnutrition? “To simplify it, women have a natural rhythm. We function on a moon cycle (a menstrual cycle) in addition to our circadian rhythm, which repeats approximately every 24 hours. When we sleep, eat and move our bodies actually does matter. We have a lot of ups and downs with our hormones throughout the month. What you eat changes that affect. What time you eat and how you eat changes that. If you eat in a good mood or bad mood, that affects things. Our organs detoxify at different times. Our cortisol hormones, in addition to other hormones, increase and decrease at certain times. Our body temperature increases and decreases at certain times. We need to listen to the female intuition as to how our bodies are functioning. I think that people could listen better to what their body needs. If you’re craving something like sugar, maybe you need vitamin C or water. Listening to what you’re craving tells you what nutrients your body might need. Also, respecting and paying attention to the hormonal cycle, which affects the decisions we make every day.” - Kim Ross Check out the Nutrition and Exercise Spotify Playlist and curated resources in the Fempower Health store. Need a community? Come learn and grow with us. Follow on Instagram and Facebook! **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. NOTE: Fempower Health may receive a nominal fee for products purchased. The purpose of the podcast, however, is for education purposes only. Always go to a medical professional of your choosing.
August 9, 2022

LISTEN AGAIN: Your Breastfeeding Questions Answered | Jada Shapiro

Jada Shapiro founded Boober “Boober is a platform where expectant parents and new families can find all of their pregnancy to postpartum care providers like birth, doulas, postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, and now mental health therapists who specialize in pregnancy to postpartum.”  - Jada Shapiro Jada and Georgie talk through all of the topics around breastfeeding, including: How women need better information about breastfeeding Mental health issues for women in this season of life What lactation consultants do The options around breastfeeding Reasons women may not produce enough breast milk When babies need chiropractic care Boober provides information and resources for women who are struggling with or want to learn more about lactation. In New York City, women can use this platform to get same-day lactation consultants. “There's a real personal struggle or sense of defeat if they can't fully feed their baby at the breast, so for the lactation consultant to be able to give permission to say, “If you need to use formula, donor breast milk or pump that is okay.” Let's get the baby fed so that we can work on the steps For some people, babies just latch right on, and it's really easy. On Instagram we're seeing a lot more now of the hard stuff. We're starting to see that more. I think that people are getting more confident or comfortable sharing that this was really hard.” - Jada Shapiro Join a community of women who are seeking answers for health issues and female-specific health challenges: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram Listen to our podcast Check out the Pregnancy/Motherhood Spotify Playlist: Check out curated resources for Pregnancy/Motherhood **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. NOTE: Fempower Health may receive a nominal fee for products purchased. The purpose of the podcast, however, is for education purposes only. Always go to a medical professional of your choosing.
August 2, 2022

Mid Season Goofs

Taking a summer break to get spend quality time with my son and to get ready for Fall episodes. Enjoy 3 minutes of goofs and silliness on the Fempower Health Podcast. A special thanks to the goat and tampon tiara. A big thank you to my guests, listeners, and the Health Podcast Network. The podcast grew so much this year, and it is all because of you. Enjoy the rest of the summer! During the summer, I will play some great episodes aired in the past.
July 26, 2022

Endometriosis: Rethinking Surgery for Diagnosis | Dr, Mike Armour

Dr Mike Armour is heavily involved in research and treatment of endometriosis, and he was the invited complementary medicine expert on the endometriosis expert working group (EEWG) for the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Recently, he and his colleagues, Cecilia Ng and Mathew Leonardi, published an article You No Longer Need Surgery to be Diagnosed with Endometriosis: Here’s What’s Changed which created quite a stir on social media. Our “meet and greet” call was powerful and luckily recorded, so we decided to publish it as an episode! We discuss the following about endometriosis: Concerns about the disconnect between surgeons, patients and researchers.   How social media impacts our ability to discern fact from fiction Whether endometriosis is a progressive disease The holy grail for endometriosis diagnosis and why it shouldn’t be laparoscopic surgery  Whether laparoscopic surgery at an early age makes a difference is symptoms and recurrence as we age How one should prepare for doctor appointments and why this is key to optimal diagnosis and treatment “We don’t know most things about endometriosis. We don’t even have evidence that it is a progressive disease.” - Dr. Mike Armour Resources: Lessons from Implementing the Australian National Action Plan for Endometriosis Fempower Health Podcast Playlist on Endometriosis Fempower Health curated resources for endometriosis Fempower Health webpage on endometriosis If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Mike Armour Dr Mike Armour completed his honours degree in biomedicine at the University of Auckland before going on to study traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and then completed his PhD in dysmenorrhea (period pain) in 2016 at Western Sydney University. Mike is a senior research fellow in reproductive health at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University where he is currently running several clinical trials on endometriosis and menstrual health.  Mike has published over 67 peer reviewed articles on various aspects of women’s health including menstrual health literacy, diagnostics, period pain, endometriosis and medicinal cannabis. Mike is also an author on several textbook chapters including a forthcoming chapter on the use of medicinal cannabis to treat endometriosis. Mike is heavily involved in research and treatment of endometriosis, and he was the invited complementary medicine expert on the endometriosis expert working group (EEWG) for the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Mike is also a World Endometriosis Society Ambassador, Chair of Endometriosis Australia’s clinical advisory committee, Chair of Endometriosis Australia’s research committee, Academic lead of the Menstrual Cycle Research Network (MCRN) at Western Sydney University and Chair of the Australasian Interdisciplinary Researchers in Endometriosis (AIRE).
July 19, 2022

How to Become Your Own Pleasure Activist | Dr. Cat Meyer

Dr. Cat Meyer, PsyD, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex, trauma, and ketamine-assisted therapy (KAP), author, yoga teacher, and international speaker dedicated to evolving the relationship we have surrounding sexuality and our bodies. She is the host of podcasts Eat Play Sex and Erotically Wasted and the founder of SexLoveYoga.com, an online platform for education and programs on relationships, sexuality, and embodiment.  We discuss the following about how you can define and experience your greatest pleasure. How our core belief systems impact our sexuality and comfort with who we are The importance of self inquiry and discernment to more consciously consent How to access your pleasure, including recommended tools to support this experience Defining whether pleasure equals orgasm How to develop a relationship to your body and the impact of not doing so The importance of being able to receive pleasure How to communicate your needs, wants, and desires “We are still responsible for our pleasure. We are also responsible for our vulnerability and our ability to receive - receive touch or compliments or love, even. By the nature of entering into relationships, there will be moments we won’t feel safe. And that is vulnerability.” - Dr. Cat Meyer Follow Dr Cat Meyer on Instagram Resources: Dr Cat Meyer’s Book Sex, Love, Yoga Eat.Play.Sex and Erotically Wasted Podcasts Un.done women’s sensual yoga experience Netflix Series The Principles of Pleasure Fempower Health Podcast Playlist on Sex Ed If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Tell 2-3 of your friends about this episode!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.** **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** Dr. Cat Meyer Dr. Cat Meyer, PsyD, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in sex, trauma, and ketamine-assisted therapy (KAP), author, yoga teacher, and international speaker dedicated to evolving the relationship we have surrounding sexuality and our bodies. Dr Cat is the founder of SexLoveYoga.com, an online platform integrating various schools of thought including science, tantra, yoga, psychedelic therapy, and psychology designed to help people create a deeply fulfilling, prosperous relational and sexual life. As an expert and published researcher on the topic of sexual health, Dr. Cat sees clients in her private practice office in Beverly Hills and leads workshops, lectures, and retreats internationally. Dr. Cat is the host of the podcasts Eat.Play.Sex and Erotically Wasted, co-founder of Un.done women’s sensual yoga experience.
July 12, 2022

Uterine Fibroids and the Need for Better Standard of Care | Dr Juan Carlos Arjona Ferreira & Dr Kalahn Taylor-Clark

Dr. Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira & Dr. Kalahn Taylor-Clark of Myovant Sciences discuss the current standard of care for uterine fibroids. According to the Baird et al paper, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, by age 50, 80% of black women and 70% of white women will have uterine fibroids. While not every woman will be symptomatic, those who are will commonly experience heavy menstrual bleeding, which is often normalized and may result in delayed diagnosis.  **Thank you to Myovant Sciences for sponsoring this episode.** This podcast episode is intended to raise awareness and instill a sense of urgency, challenging the status quo in uterine healthcare, serving as a reminder that women can and need to advocate for themselves and their family members. We cover the following: Heavy menstrual bleeding & when it may be a sign of uterine fibroids Uterine fibroids symptoms & prevalence How uterine fibroids are diagnosed & how our healthcare systems’ implicit bias might play a role in delayed diagnosis Uterine fibroid treatment options & how to know which is right for you Impact of uterine fibroids on women of color, specifically Ways to minimize uterine fibroids’ impact on those suffering, their loved ones, and overall society “Patients with fibroids already live with a significant burden to manage their symptoms. The added financial impact increases the mental effects uterine fibroids can have on a patient. There are consequences over time on their health, self esteem, and careers. It’s a substantial impact.” - Dr. Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira “The normalization of women's heavy periods and pain have left many people without the tools to understand when their periods are abnormal. When to seek treatment and how to get a diagnosis can be confusing, and frankly difficult to navigate” - Dr. Kalahn Taylor-Clark Resources: Menstrual Health Spotify Podcast Playlist Uterine Fibroids with Dr. Jessica Opoku-Anane Episode The White Dress Project & The Fibroid Foundation Uterine Fibroids Toolkit: A Patient Empowered Guide by the Society for Women's Health Research If you liked this episode leave a review:  iTunes or Spotify.  Tell 2-3 of your friends!   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by this episode’s guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent, nor does it constitute an endorsement by Myovant Sciences of this episode. About Dr. Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira He is the Chief Medical Officer at Myovant Sciences, a healthcare company aspiring to redefine care for women and men through purpose-driven science, empowering medicines, and transformative advocacy. He leads clinical development, including Myovant’s clinical programs in prostate cancer, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis. Prior to Myovant, he was the SVP of Clinical Development at Shionogi and spent over a decade at Merck & Co. where he was Executive Director of Clinical Research in Women’s Health. Dr. Arjona Ferreira earned his MD and completed his postgraduate specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Colegio Mayor del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. About Dr. Kalahn Taylor-Clark, PhD, MPH She is Vice President & Head of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation at Myovant Sciences. Dr. Taylor-Clark oversees patient centered advocacy and digital innovation. Her team is responsible for driving transformative advocacy in the areas of women’s health and prostate cancer, addressing health equity, and advancing digital innovation strategies to improve patient experiences and outcomes. She holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, an MPH from Tufts School of Medicine, and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.
July 5, 2022

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Georgie Kovacs, Founder & CEO

Georgie Kovacs, is the founder of Fempower Health, the go-to resource for all things women health serving women, their providers, and companies looking to build/improve on products for women. Frustrated by her first-hand experience with infertility and endometriosis, she decided to start a podcast in the middle of COVID as a single mom. (Now that’s passion!) The Fempower Health Podcast and her 20+ year career in healthcare has catapulted her ability to have a seat at the table in positively impacting gaps in women’s health.

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