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How to Find Chemical Free Products and Ingredients | Amy Ziff of MADE SAFE

How do you know which products and ingredients are safe to use? Are nontoxic ingredients also eco-friendly? In this episode, we interview Amy Ziff, founder of MADE SAFE: the first human health and eco-friendly nontoxic certification program. Amy shares why nontoxic options are so important to health and the planet, where to find affordable chemical free products, and simple ways you can start choosing cleaner options today.  Amy Ziff is an ingredient expert, healthy living educator, writer, and mother who helps people transform their consumer decisions. The MADE SAFE platform helps you reduce the use of harmful chemicals and find certified products that are safe and clean for the whole family.  Discussed in this episode: Why safe ingredients matter How to tell if an ingredient is safe What the MADE SAFE certification is and how to use it The science on harmful chemicals in products today What happens when people eliminate chemicals to live a nontoxic lifestyle How to detox your home (and the #1 chemical to remove immediately) Skincare, makeup, and nontoxic beauty products Several basic rules and “poison P’s” we all should be aware of “What the ‘organic’ seal is for food, Made Safe is for products. It sets a standard of scientific principles by which we assess ingredients, materials, and substances that go into the things we use every day to determine whether or not they’re using safe ingredients.” - Amy Ziff Related to this episode: Visit MADE SAFE: www.madesafe.org  Follow @MadeSafeHQ and @Amy.Ziff on Instagram Connect with @MADESAFE on Facebook App for sleep: Breethe App  Learn How Women Can Remove Toxins More episodes on Women’s Health Basics If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
March 21, 2023

Tips for Better Sleep (and How Sleep Affects Women) | Dr. Chris Winter

Ever wondered how to sleep better at night? If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you may feel stressed, disappointed, and even burnt out. Studies show that those who regularly lack sleep have an increased risk for chronic health issues like diabetes and heart disease, as well as difficulty experiencing optimal focus. But stressing over this fact can actually prevent you from sleeping even further! In this episode, Dr. Chris Winter shares some of the common sleep issues and stressors that prevent sleep, as well as practical tips covered in his book to get better sleep. Georgie and Dr. Winter discuss menopause sleep issues, specific sleep solutions for women, and how to sleep better during menopause and postpartum.  Dr. Chris Winter is a sleep specialist and the owner of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic. He helps professional athletes and sports organizations optimize sleep schedules, and hosts the popular medical podcast Sleep Unplugged. Discussed in this episode: Dispelling the worries over falling asleep and waking up  Menopause sleep problems and how to address them  Why do you wake up in the middle of the night, and is it normal? The relationship between sleep and postpartum  The importance of rest — not just sleep Understanding how sleep works in order to effectively treat insomnia  Does melatonin work? The secret to great sleep for improved quality of life  “In today’s medical system, physicians let women down all the time. Sleep and menopause are maybe two of the biggest ways we do that.” - Dr. Chris Winter Related to this episode: Chris Winter’s Book: The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It Chris Winter’s Book: The Rested Child: Why Your Tired, Wired, or Irritable Child May Have a Sleep Disorder--And How to Help  Dr. Chris Winter’s Website: www.wchriswinter.com  Listen to the Sleep Unplugged Podcast More Episodes on Menopause More Episodes on Mental Health  If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
March 14, 2023

Reframing Menopause: Stages of Life Women Can Embrace and Enjoy | Ann Garnier

Menopause is a life stage for women, not a condition to endure. In this episode, we dispel some of the myths and common negative attitudes about entering menopause. Ann Garnier, CEO of Lisa Health and co-founder of menopause tracking app Midday Health, shares her insight.  Ann explains how post-menopausal women can take care of their bodies and embrace this stage of life. She talks about health technology, menopause and sex drive, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and the benefits of tracking your symptoms for body awareness and health advocacy. Discussed in this episode: What is menopause?  What resources are available today for menopausal women? How menopausal women can find products that are regulated  Sleep hygiene and menopause How diet, nutrition, and sugar intake impact women during menopause The benefit of tracking your menopause symptoms  Menopausal treatment and hormone therapy  Answers to the top 5 questions women ask about menopause  “I think it’s important for us to flip the perception of menopause from a doom-and-gloom, negative thing to one where women feel this is a really celebratory time in their lives.” - Ann Garnier  Related to this episode: Episode: Perimenopause Symptoms | Dr. Alyssa Dweck Episode: Preri/Menopause Symptom Management | Dr. Alicia Jackson Episode: Women’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting | Dr. Mindy Pelz Episode: Hormone Repair After 40 | Dr. Lara Briden More Episodes on Menopause Midday Health: www.midday.health  Midday on Instagram: @midday.health Midday on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/midday-health  If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
March 7, 2023

Chronic Pelvic Pain: Is it Endometriosis? | Dr. Peta Wright & Dr. Thea Bowler

Chronic pelvic pain affects nearly 20% of women today. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed — or gets assumed as endometriosis. If you or a woman you know struggles with pelvic pain and painful periods, this episode is for you. Dr. Peta Wright and Dr. Thea Bowler, gynecologists at Vera Women’s Wellness, join us to discuss pelvic pain. As two specialists on endometriosis, fertility, and women’s health, they bring a whole-body perspective to female pelvic pain. They talk about the difficulties of pelvic pain, the nervous system, endometriosis surgery, research in women’s health, and what can cause pelvic pain in a woman. Discussed in this episode: Is endometriosis always the cause of pelvic pain in women? The different types of endometriosis  Early intervention for chronic pelvic pain  The autonomic nervous system and pain pathways  Living in a world that doesn’t make room for women’s periods What someone can do if they have pelvic pain or other endometriosis symptoms Do women with severe endometriosis pain always need surgery? Current research on endometriosis and pain  “It’s possible to have severe endometriosis but no pain, and it’s possible to have no endometriosis but severe pain. So there’s such a bigger picture we need to deal with.”  - Dr. Peta Wright Related to this episode: Vera Women’s Wellness: www.verawomenswellness.com.au  Learn about Endometriosis: www.fempower-health.com/endometriosis  Related Episodes: Pelvic Pain Mentioned: Endometriosis, Pain, and Whole Women’s Wellness | Dr. Peta Wright Mentioned: What Pain Science Reveals About the Brain/Body | Dr. Melissa Farmer Mentioned: Ovulation and Women’s Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden Endometriosis Foundation of America: www.endofound.org  If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
February 28, 2023

Let’s Talk About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction | Carine Carmy

More than 40 million women in the U.S. experience pelvic floor pain or dysfunction. But unfortunately, there are only about 5,000 pelvic floor specialists equipped to properly address these issues. At various stages of life, from pre-pregnancy to menopause, there are several things women need to know about pelvic floor health. In this episode, we hear from Carine Carmy, the co-founder of Origin, the top pelvic floor physical therapy provider. From her extensive background in healthcare and technology, she discusses pelvic floor anatomy, common issues as women age, the relationship between pelvic floor pain and muscle spasms, birth, menopause, and everything in between. Listen to learn about what you can do to prevent and address pelvic floor issues. Discussed in this episode: What does good pelvic floor function look like? Painful intercourse and the brain-body connection  Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction  Pelvic floor and its relationship with pain, pleasure, and orgasm  What is the most important exercise for pelvic floor? Common pelvic floor issues after giving birth  What happens to the pelvic floor during menopause and as we age? “We often think about pelvic floor therapy as, ‘Let me do my kegels after I have a baby so that I don’t pee my pants.’ But it’s really so much more than that. It’s also tied to orgasm and pleasure.” - Carine Carmy Related to this episode: Check out Origin: www.theoriginway.com Episode: How the Roe v Wade Overturn Affects Women’s Health | Delphine O’Rourke Episode: Everything You Need to Know About UTIs | Dr. Suzanne Fenske Episode: Do At-Home Pelvic Floor Exercises Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shrikhande More Episodes All About Pelvic Floor North American Menopause Society: www.menopause.org  Intl. Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health: www.isswsh.org  American College of OB-GYN: www.acog.org   If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
February 21, 2023

Knowing Your Thyroid Levels During Pregnancy | Dr. Katie Rothwell

Thyroid plays an essential role in fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum. There are several things we should all know about healthy thyroid levels, whether living with an existing thyroid condition or experiencing unexpected hormone changes after conception. In this episode, Dr. Katie Rothwell shares her expertise on all things thyroid health. Dr. Katie Rothwell is a naturopathic doctor and educator who specializes in thyroid problems and pregnancy. She covers how to understand your thyroid levels in pregnancy, ideal thyroid levels for fertility, and what women should consider when trying to conceive if they have a diagnosed thyroid condition.  Discussed in this episode: Important things to understand about thyroid during fertility and pregnancy How to know optimal thyroid levels in pregnancy Thyroid testing and pregnancy TSH and other important thyroid screenings for fertility  Secondary infertility and Hashimoto’s disease  Lactation production and hormones  Can pregnancy cause thyroid problems? What should women with thyroid conditions do when pursuing pregnancy?  Managing stress during pregnancy and postpartum  “There is so much that changes during pregnancy and postpartum — we don’t always attribute those changes to thyroid health. But we really need to be screening our women in those time frames, especially if they have a known thyroid issue.” - Dr. Katie Rothwell Related to this episode: Related Episode: Could Your Undiagnosed Symptoms Be Thyroid Disease? | Denise Roguz Related Episode: Thyroid Disease: You’re Not Alone | Victoria Gasparini Related Episode: Managing Thyroid Disease: The Missing Pieces to the Thyroid Jigsaw Puzzle | Rachel Hill Follow Dr. Rothwell on Instagram: @your.thyroid.nd  The Thyroid Academy: www.thethyroidacademy.com If you want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify. Spread the awareness and share this episode with someone you know! Support and connect with our women’s health community: Subscribe to the Fempower Health Podcast for new episodes every Tuesday Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com  Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and research Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter Join Fempower Health on Patreon Email us for inquiries & outreach: [email protected]   **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational 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**
February 14, 2023
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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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