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LISTEN AGAIN: Do At-Home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work?

The pelvic floor plays an important role supporting the bowel and bladder (as well as the uterus and vagina in females). Hormone changes due to pregnancy and peri/menopause and other factors can impact their function. Several at-home devices are now on the market to support the pelvic floor, but do they help you? And if so, which is right for you? Enter Dr. Allyson Shrikhande.Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chief Medical Officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. A leading expert on pelvic health and a respected researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Shrikhande is a recognized authority on male and female pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment. We discuss the following:Do electronic pelvic floor devices work?What are the limitations of at-home pelvic floor devices?How to afford these devicesHow to know if your device is helping or hurtingHow Pelvic Rehabilitation Center is trying to increase access to careWhat does FDA approval for classified medical devices mean?We cover the following pelvic floor-related devices, tools, and exercises.ElviePerifitK-fitFlyteInnovoElitoneThigh master-like devicesJade eggsKegel weights Exercises like yoga, pilates, hypopressives“Listen to your body. If your symptoms are getting better, you are on the right path. Before using these devices, get an evaluation, if you can, by a pelvic floor specialist.” - Dr. Allyson ShrikhandeFollow Pelvic Rehabilitation on Facebook, Instagram and TwitterResources:Dustienne Miller YogaAdriene’s Yoga
July 18, 2023

FemTech Trends of 2023 | Fempower Health

Big, new developments are happening in women’s health thanks to FemTech. From menopause apps to female pelvic floor exercise devices, there are many technology startups today that are revolutionizing healthcare for women in the future.In this episode, Georgie Kovacs, host of Fempower Health, shares some of the biggest takeaways after attending the FemTech Consumer Innovation Summit. Listen to hear the biggest trends and solutions coming to market thanks to women’s health experts and FemTech industry leaders. If you’d like to share your thoughts about FemTech news, companies, or products, send us a message: [email protected] in this episode:What is the current state of women’s health? Diversity in clinical trials and medical research Psychological impacts of being detached from sexual health The promotion of reproductive wellness ads and disparities among gender audiencesFunding of female startup companiesHow can women know what technology products to trust?Clinician and Telehealth provider shortages Companies offering at-home support Join the conversation “There is great data out there. It’s up to us, as women, to ask the right questions [at our doctor appointments].”  - Georgie KovacsRelated to this episode:FemTech Consumer Innovation Summit: www.kisacoresearch.com/events/femtechconsumerinnovation Mentioned Episode: Fighting for Intimacy Justice & Women’s Sexual Health Online | Jackie RotmanMentioned Episode: At-Home Pelvic Floor Exercisers | Dr. Allyson ShrikhandeMentioned Episode: Vaginal Microbiome Science | Dr. Bath DuPriestBrows Books by Our Guests in the Fempower Health Bookshop . Find resources on topics such as anatomy, sexual health, pelvic 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 TuesdayVisit us online at www.fempower-health.com Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and researchFollow us on Instagram,
July 11, 2023

Bloopers from Season 4 | Fempower Health

What goes on behind the scenes of the Fempower Health Podcast? Even though we discuss important topics with world-known experts, Georgie (host) and our guests have a lot of fun. From ADHD brain moments to talking about sweaty vulvas, here are a few funny outtakes from this season’s amazing interviews. Enjoy!“People have actually come up to me and said, ‘Do all women catch THE menopause?’”  - Georgie KovacsEnjoy episodes from Season 4 on topics:More Episodes on Chronic Disease More Episodes on Menopause More Episodes on Sexual Health More Episodes on Periods and Hormones More Episodes on Women's Mental Health Brows Books by Our Guests in the Fempower Health Bookshop 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 TuesdayVisit us online at www.fempower-health.com Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and researchFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TwitterEmail 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**
July 4, 2023

How to Win at Women’s Health | Dr. Marjorie R. Jenkins

Navigating the healthcare system as a woman can feel like a losing game. In this episode, women’s medicine and health policy expert Dr. Marjorie Jenkins talks about the state of women’s healthcare, and what we can do to advocate for a better future. Dr. Marjorie R. Jenkins is the dean at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine Greenville and the chief academic officer for Prisma Health-Upstate. Previously, she was a professor of medicine and associate dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and founder as well as the chief scientific officer of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health. She served the FDA from 2015 to 2019 as the director of medical and scientific initiatives for the Office of Women's Health, where she provided scientific and health policy expertise.Dr. Jenkins launched the annual U.S. Sex and Gender Education Summit. She was co-editor of a signature textbook, How Sex and Gender Impact Clinical Practice: An Evidence-Based Guide to Patient Care, published in 2020. She is co-author of “Why Women Aren’t Winning at Health”, published in May 2023 by WorldChangers Media. Discussed in this episode:Why women aren’t currently winning at health What is sex and gender-specific healthcare? How can women get better healthcare?Standards for medical training regarding the female bodyHot topics in women’s healthcare todayMenopause and hormone therapyPositive and negative outlooks of using Artificial Intelligence in medicine How women can find the right healthcare provider “The first thing I say to women patients is: Whatever you tell me, I’m going to believe you.” - Dr. Marjorie JenkinsRelated to this episode:Mentioned: Sex Matters in Healthcare | Dr. Alyson McGregorMentioned: Decoding Metabolic Syndrome | Dr. Robert Lustig Learn more about OMRecommended Books on Breaking Taboos in Women's Health  More Episodes on Menopause NAMS: www.menopause.org Dr. Jenkins on Instagram: @deanofthegreenDr. Jenkins on Twitter: @deanofthegreenIf 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!...
June 27, 2023

Diet and the Microbiome: Unlocking Gut Health with the Four M’s and Four F’s | Dr. Chris Damman

The standard American diet doesn’t often support people’s gut health. Processed foods, imbalanced nutritional intake, and lifestyle stressors all contribute to a weakened gut microbiome. In this episode, Dr. Chris Damman, gastroenterologist and functional food expert, shares important findings on diet and the gut microbiome. He shares the importance of balancing your gut microbiome, what we can all do to live a healthier lifestyle, and more.Dr. Chris Damman formerly led the functional food and microbiome initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Medicine and Global Health. He is a board-certified gastroenterologist and currently serves as the Chief Medical & Scientific Officer at Supergut, a company that makes prebiotic products that support the gut.Discussed in this episode:Health and diet standards in different populations and how it affects public healthWhy a balanced microbiome is so critical for health The biggest diet mistake people make that harms gut healthProcessed foods vs eating healthy in a busy society What causes gas?Why fiber supports the gut microbiomeHow gut health changes in different phases of someone’s lifeAntibiotics, probiotics, and prebiotics in the gutThe Four F's, the Four M's, and the Big C“The gut is the gateway to health.”  - Dr. Chris DammanRelated to this episode:Chris Damman on LinkedInChris Damman on TwitterChris Damman talk: What is a Healthy Microbiota?Supergut: www.supergut.com Recommended Books on Nutrition More Episodes on Nutrition  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 TuesdayVisit us online at www.fempower-health.com Sign up for our weekly newsletter for the latest announcements, news, and researchFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and TwitterEmail us for inquiries & outreach:
June 20, 2023

Decoding Metabolic Syndrome: Unveiling the Gut Health Connection | Robert H. Lustig, MD

According to Tufts Research, 93% of adults in the U.S. have some form of metabolic dysfunction today. Metabolic syndrome is a list of chronic conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease including diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. What does gut health have to do with metabolic syndrome? In this episode, neuroendocrinologist and author Robert H. Lustig, MD, shares expert insights on all things metabolic syndrome. He explains common misconceptions about diet including gluten and sugar, and explores what real food is. He shares the importance of education and social change surrounding food, nutrition, and medicine today, and encourages all of us to take charge of our health. Robert H. Lustig is a retired pediatric neuroendocrinologist and hypothalamus doctor who specializes in helping children overcome hormonal problems. He’s devoted his retirement to finding solutions for the food supply chain, reducing human suffering, and reversing environmental damage. He is the author of best-selling books including Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine as well as Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.Discussed in this episode:What is metabolic syndrome?The importance of gut healthWhat fructose has to do with gut health and metabolic diseaseAre processed foods safe to eat? What is the definition of food?Education and social change about food and nutritionGluten vs wheat — and how they affect gut healthWhat to know about fructose and sucroseAre weight loss pills effective?“When you don’t feed your gut, your gut will feed on you.”  - Robert H. Lustig, MDRelated to this episode:Book: Metabolical by Robert H. LustigBook: Fat Chance by Robert H. Lustig Book: The Fat Chance CookbookBook: The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. LustigRobert Lustig’s Website: www.robertlustig.com International Food Information Council: www.ific.org More Episodes on Nutrition More Episodes on Chronic Disease...
June 13, 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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