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What Pain Science Reveals About the Brain and Body | Dr. Melissa Farmer

In the United States alone, more than 20% of adults experience chronic pain (CDC, 2020). Globally, it’s one of the top reasons adults seek medical care today, and many patients try several chronic pain relief methods in desperate search of a solution. Why is pain so prevalent among adults and how can we cope? In this episode of Fempower Health, Dr. Melissa Farmer, a chronic pain researcher and entrepreneur, dives deep into all things pain research and management. She shares fascinating findings on the nervous system and pain, explains the effects of chronic pain on mental health, and addresses common emotional struggles associated with perceived pain.  Dr. Farmer co-founded Aivo Health, which is an innovative mind-body technology that supports an individual’s chronic or acute pain care plan. Aivo Health makes the latest neuroscience and pain research applications accessible. Dr. Melissa Farmer and her work with Aivo Health offer new insights into the reality of living with pain, and bring relief, solutions, and new experiences to people in need of pain management.  Discussed in this episode: The basic neuroscience of pain  Dr. Melissa Farmer’s personal experience with chronic pain and how it influenced her work What are the four stages of pain? How to prevent chronic pain in the acute stage Why soothing the nervous system is so important when treating pain The relationship between chronic pain and mental health How Aivo Health works  Perceived pain vs objectively reproduced pain  “Just because someone cannot reproduce your pain doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It just means that the reproducible pain has a very specific mechanism.” - Dr. Melissa Farmer Related to this episode: Aivo Health: www.aivohealth.com  Connect With Dr. Melissa Farmer: LinkedIn and Twitter Aivo Health on Linkedin and Instagram Get Access to Aivo: Click Here Referenced: Ted’s Pain Cream Referenced: Precision Health Related Episode: How Digital Health Companies Help Treat Pelvic Floor 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 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**
December 6, 2022

Endometriosis, Pain, and Whole Women’s Wellness | Dr. Peta Wright

In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Dr. Peta Wright about endometriosis and pelvic pain. Dr. Wright is a gynecologist, fertility specialist, and the founder of Vera Women’s Wellness: a whole woman's approach to endometriosis healing and recovery.  Together, they discuss endometriosis surgery, treating women with endometriosis, common underlying correlations of pelvic pain, and what we can do to help women in a society that makes pain and periods two “enemies” of productivity.  Discussed in this episode: Dr. Wright’s observation of conventional gynecology today, especially when diagnosing endometriosis Can pelvic pain and endometriosis symptoms be correlated with childhood trauma? Laparoscopies vs other types of treatment for endometriosis What to address when seeing a patient with severe endometriosis pain Examples of surgery outcomes and when it is and isn’t appropriate for treating endo Is pelvic pain the enemy or is it a sign the body needs to be heard? How fear-based language in medicine pathologizes women’s bodies  “I don’t think surgery should be what validates a woman’s pain. I think she should be validated when you first see her and she’s talking about her pain.” - Dr. Peta Wright Related to this episode: verawomenswellness.com.au  Dr. Peta Wright on Instagram  Aviva Romm - Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Training Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study Learn about Endometriosis  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 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**
November 29, 2022

How Digital Health Companies Help Treat Pelvic Floor | Karen Stander of Hinge Health

In this episode, Fempower Health talks with Karen Stander, vice president of Physical Therapy and Women’s Health at the virtual pain clinic, Hinge Health. They discuss health equity for women, how digital health companies are revolutionizing the medical system, and what personalized medical care can do to support patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  Discussed in this episode: How many women have pelvic floor issues? Ways that the American healthcare system limit people from getting the musculoskeletal treatment they need  What is virtual physical therapy? What Hinge Health does and how is helps address medical equity The importance of behavioral change in pain management  How virtual healthcare settings like Hinge operate  Wearable technology for pain, treatment, and recovery “Each woman should feel empowered to make decisions for herself… When it comes to addressing systemic issues in healthcare and recognizing that a lot of women don’t have access, how can we help other women get there?” - Karen Stander  Related to this episode: www.hingehealth.com Karen Stander on LinkedIn Hinge Health on LinkedIn Do At-Home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shrikhande 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 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**
November 22, 2022

How to Clear Acne from the Inside Out | Cheryl Woodman

In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Cheryl Woodman, a scientist and skincare expert on acne. Cheryl shares some of the underlying biology that contributes to acne-prone skin, how hormones affect acne, and what nutritional factors play a role in overall skin health. Listen if you want to take control of your skin without all the expensive creams or acne medications. Cheryl Woodman is an acne expert and award-winning skincare formulator. She is the creator of Honesty for Your Skin, an online acne clinic and safe space where people can find science-based solutions for overcoming acne. She helps women achieve healthy skin again— even those who have “tried everything.”  Discussed in this episode: Cheryl’s personal experience with acne  The science of what causes acne  Common types of acne treatment used today, and why many fail Hormonal acne and how sex hormones affect the skin Different types of acne among women  The main difference between teenage acne and adult acne Myths and facts on what foods cause acne  Acne spot treatment and skin patches— do they work? Skin regimens other than diet that can help prevent acne  Tips for how to clear acne and encourage inside-out health  “The skin is a representation of your inside health. When you make changes to heal your acne, you also have positive side effects like increased energy and feeling healthier. Skin health and body health are very intimately linked.” - Cheryl Woodman Related to this episode: www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk Work With Cheryl Cheryl’s Free Acne Diet Cheat Sheet Follow Cheryl on Instagram: @honestyforskin More episodes about women’s hormones 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 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**
November 15, 2022

Fighting for Intimacy Justice and Women’s Sexual Health Online | Jackie Rotman

In this episode, Fempower Health has an insightful conversation with Jackie Rotman of the Center for Intimacy Justice. Jackie shares the present advertising limitations for women’s sexual health products, the unequal content standards regarding sexual health for men vs women, and the small steps people can take to further intimacy justice online and in the real world.  Discussed in this episode: Discrimination in reproductive health-targeted social media ads Examples of women’s sexual health advertisements and images that get blocked Standards of big advertising platforms such as Google, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok What the Center for Intimacy Justice is doing to improve policies for sexual wellness ads How a lack of understanding about female anatomy affects policies Content moderation and its impact on what information women have access to What sexual wellness companies can do when posting ads on social media “If an ad has to do with vulvas, vaginas, breasts, uteruses, or female reproductive organs, then it’s subject to censorship. Most of the ads are not about sexual pleasure but rather about women’s health. And yet, they’re still getting banned.” - Jackie Rotman Related to this episode: Visit www.intimacyjustice.org Intimacy Justice on Instagram Intimacy Justice on Twitter Donate to the Center for Intimacy Justice Do At-Home Pelvic Floor Exercises Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shrikhande 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 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**
November 8, 2022

How to Improve Gut Health & Address Bloating | Dr. Edison de Mello

Are you always bloated? In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Dr. Edison de Mello, founder of the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Bloated?: How to Reclaim Your Gut Health and Eat Without Pain. They discuss the relationship between gut health and bloating, the causes of bloating in women, gut microbiome repair, and more. Dr. Edison de Mello is a board-certified integrative physician and a licensed MFT psychotherapist who takes a Western-meets-Eastern approach to medicine. His goal is to help patients who are dealing with gut issues overcome mental, emotional, and physical challenges associated with dis-ease.  Discussed in this episode: Why do you get bloated? The shame commonly associated with bloating in women Why do women get bloated more than men? The importance of meeting patients before treating them Common mistakes people make when treating bloating  Emotions and the gut brain connection What is SIBO and why is it important in the medical community? Period bloating: when is it time to see a doctor? “Endo belly” and the symptoms of IBS vs endometriosis  Bloating relief and ways to encourage a non-inflammatory lifestyle “Is treating bloating as simple as changing someone’s lifestyle? I wish it was that simple. But even though it isn’t easy, it’s still attainable.” - Dr. Edison de Mello Related to this episode: Bloated?: How to Reclaim Your Gut Health and Eat Without Pain (book) Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine The Power of the Gut: Learn About the Microbiome More episodes about Gut 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 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**
November 1, 2022

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Georgie Kovacs, Founder & CEO

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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