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Living with ADHD: You’re Brain’s Not Broken | Dr. Tamara Rosier

ADHD is often misunderstood, even in the medical field today. In this episode, Dr. Tamara Rosier, ADHD coach of over 10 years and founder of the ADHD Center of West Michigan, helps answer the question: can you live a normal life with ADHD? Dr. Rosier shares her experience as a woman with ADHD. She explores different ADHD types, practical lifestyle tips that often help regulate ADHD symptoms, and when someone might want to seek medical attention for symptoms in today’s modern world.  After more than a decade of providing ADHD coaching to others and living a neurodivergent life herself, Dr. Tamara Rosier published one of the top-rated books for ADHD called Your Brain’s Not Broken. Listen to this episode to hear her share many important insights about ADHD that aren’t often talked about.  Discussed in this episode: Dr. Rosier’s experience with adult ADHD What understanding do we really have about ADHD in the medical world? Interesting themes that research reveals on the neurotypical brain vs ADHD brain Considerations about ADHD medication Is ADHD genetic? Understanding and living with someone who has ADHD The role of sleep and nutrition for the ADHD brain  Tips for living with ADHD on a daily basis Demystifying the term “adult onset ADHD”  When to seek medical attention and treatment for ADHD symptoms  “Women with ADHD tend to over-function and mask their sensitivity. It’s really difficult to get the respect we need.” - Dr. Tamara Rosier   Related to this episode: Get Dr. Rosier’s book: Your Brain’s Not Broken Connect with Dr. Rosier on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook ADHD Coaching Organization: www.adhdcoaches.org  ADHD Center of West Michigan: www.miadhd.com Listen to 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**
January 24, 2023
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Season 4 Preview

Welcome to Season 4 of Fempower Health where we empower women to advocate for their bodies and become the CEO of their health. Every week, we engage in discussions with women’s health experts on topics like sexual wellness, mental health, pelvic floor, aging, women-related cancers, relationships, and much more. Some topics we’ll cover in Season 4 include: Answers to common questions in women’s healthcare today Common myths and facts about UTIs Hope for women with pelvic floor dysfunction Discussions on vulnerability and believing in yourself Coming to terms with how our bodies change throughout our lives Living with and managing ADHD in our modern world Ways to improve health with science-based action  The importance of testing product ingredients for chemicals  Diagnosing and treating aggressive breast cancer Navigating the confusing healthcare system Special thanks to Dr Katie Rothwell, Dr Suzanne Fenske, Ann Garnier, Dr Caroline Martinez, Carine Carmy, Iona Holloway, Dr Tamara Rosier, Dr Beth DuPriest, Dr Laurie Mintz, Amy Ziff, Dr Brigitte Piniewski, Dr Anna Daily, and all who helped make these women’s health episodes accessible to all.  If you want to support Fempower Health, please leave a review on iTunes or Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  If you enjoyed an episode, spread the awareness and share it with someone you know! 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**
January 17, 2023
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LISTEN AGAIN: The Roles of Estrogen and Progesterone Throughout Women’s Lives | Dr. Jerilynn Prior

We’ve all been told about the powerful effects of estrogen on a woman’s reproductive cycle. But more people are now learning that progesterone is equally as important. With so much research and discussion regarding hormone imbalances in women today, experts confirm that these two female sex hormones are critical to more than just sex and pregnancy— they’re vital to every woman’s health. In this episode, Dr. Jerilynn Prior of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) shares essential information about the roles that estrogen and progesterone play in not only ovulation but basic health. She explains why hormone imbalance is so important to confront, and how hormones impact overall wellness from heart health to bone health to mood. She offers some insight into how women’s hormones change throughout various stages of life, from puberty to menopause.  Dr. Jerilynn Prior is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia, with 40 years of experience in women’s health. She specializes in women’s hormones and peri/menopause treatments. Read more in her book, Estrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause. Discussed in this episode: The difference between estrogen and progesterone Understanding estrogen vs progesterone in the menstrual cycle The role of estrogen and progesterone in bone health, breast and endometrial cancer risk, fertility, weight, and heart health Why balancing hormones in women is so important (regardless of whether or not you want to get pregnant!) Clearing up confusion on the common question: does stress impact fertility? Why it’s hard for women to be aware of some of this research How your hormone balance is defined at different ages and stages of life “It’s important to be aware of your reproductive cycle because it’s such a key indicator of optimal health overall. It’s also important to know because if you want to have a child one day, you need to ovulate normally. Having ‘regular cycles’ is not sufficient.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior Related to this episode: CeMCOR website: Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research Sign up for the CeMCOR Newsletter for the latest on women’s health Learn facts about how your body changes over life phases Dr. Jerilynn Prior’s book: Estrogen Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause Recommended book: Period Repair Manual Recommended book: Hormone Repair Manual Recommended book: Sex Matters More on ovulation: Women’s Health and the Ovulation Cycle 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**
January 10, 2023
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LISTEN AGAIN: The Thyroid Disorder Jigsaw Puzzle: Management and Self-Advocacy | Rachel Hill

Nearly 60% of people with a thyroid disorder go undiagnosed for years. Thyroid disease can be a complex jigsaw puzzle, but fortunately, today there is more support than ever. In this episode of Fempower Health, world-known thyroid patient advocate Rachel Hill shares her journey of overcoming thyroid disease. She explains several symptoms of thyroid disorder in females, common treatments, and what the “thyroid jigsaw puzzle” means. She also discusses examples of self-advocacy, navigating the emotional aspects of hypothyroidism, and lifestyle tips to effectively manage symptoms of thyroid disorder.  Enjoy this insightful episode and learn more from Rachel Hill’s books: You, Me, & Hypothyroidism as well as Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate. Discussed in this episode: Rachel Hill’s story about how and why she became an author and thyroid disease advocate Examples of how you can fit the pieces of your “thyroid jigsaw puzzle” together Important details about thyroid labs and how to advocate for the right ones Resources for interpreting thyroid labs properly The “spoon theory” and how it can help transform how you speak with others about your thyroid condition Understanding your thyroid, emotions, and the common feeling of isolation Realistic tips to help you live your life to the fullest  “For a while, I was just barely surviving; not thriving. I realized there must be answers out there somewhere. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the world with thyroid conditions— there must be people I can talk to and learn from.” - Rachel Hill Related to this episode: Rachel’s Website, Newsletters, Facebook Page & Instagram Rachel’s Books: You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has Hypothyroidism & Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired Spotify Playlist: Thyroid Disease Episode: Could your Unresolved Symptoms be a Thyroid Condition? Episode: Thyroid Disease: You’re Not Alone Read more: Thyroid Self-Advocacy Tips 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**
January 3, 2023
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Managing Hormone Imbalances that come with your Hormone Type | Dr Shawn Tassone

Shawn Tassone, MD Ph.D. is a double-boarded physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Tassone believes it is time for women to understand fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, irregular periods, fibroids, decreased libido, and burnout are not permanent situations.  In this episode, our conversation focuses on understanding our hormones. We discuss: Determining you hormonal archetype Which hormones may be out of balance based on your symptoms Possible ways to have hormone balance Which tests can you try to understand your hormones  The effectiveness of various test types: saliva, blood, and urine Dr Tassone’s the top 3 supplements for women “The human body was made to heal itself and the medical model should involve more patient-centered care with an active patient and passive healer.” - Dr. Shawn Tassone  Resources: The Hormone Balance Bible  Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood Hands Off My Belly! The Pregnant Women’s Guide to Surviving, Myths, Mothers, and Moods, Contraception Deception Hormone Archetype Quiz 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. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** More about Dr Shawn Tassone He is a practicing OBGYN, speaker, patient advocate, and author.  His books are written on topics of spirituality in medical care, hormone balance, various aspects of women's health such as birth control and pregnancy, and he is an advocate for whole foods to heal the human body.  Dr. Tassone served as a faculty member at the University of Arizona and University  of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Tassone was also an instructor in Integrative Medicine at Arizona State University. 
December 27, 2022
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Bloopers from Season 3 | Fempower Health

Season 3 of the Fempower Health podcast covered topics on thyroid disease, sexual health, autoimmune disease, PCOS, genetic testing, pelvic floor health, menstrual equity, menopause, endometriosis, and so much more. Thank you to all of our guest experts and podcast listeners who make this show possible. Enjoy these funny bloopers from season 3! Stay tuned for Season 4, which starts January 2024. Popular women’s health topics from season 3: Episodes about the Menstrual Cycle Episodes about the Pelvic Floor Episodes about Endometriosis Episodes about Chronic Disease Episodes about Thyroid Disease Episodes about PCOS Episodes about Menopause Episodes about Sexual 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**
December 20, 2022
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Season 3 Takeaways from Hosting a Women’s Health Podcast | Georgie Kovacs

2022 was a big year for women’s health, and we’ve certainly come a long way in the past five years! But there’s still much more to do in the world of women’s healthcare. In this episode, Georgie Kovacs of Fempower Health reflects on season 3 of the podcast. She shares what it’s been like on the journey from infertility to motherhood to menopause, and what she looks forward to regarding women’s health innovation. She highlights some of the top guest interviews from 2022 and leaves with how we can all be better health advocates.  Discussed in this episode: Georgie’s experience entering post-menopause  Highlights from the 2022 Women’s Health Innovation Summit Upcoming FemTech developments that will improve women’s health  How biopharma digital health companies can improve the healthcare industry  Concerns about celebrities raising awareness to sell products Trends that are impacting women’s healthcare experts  How hosting the podcast helps Georgie stay informed about important women’s health topics “Right now with women’s health, we don’t need another period tracking app or skin cream. What we really need is to solve the root of the problem.”  - Georgie Kovacs Referenced episodes mentioned by topic: Menopause: Perimenopause Common Symptoms | Dr. Alyssa Dweck Thyroid Disease: Managing Your Thyroid Condition | Rachel Hill PCOS: Managing & Reversing PCOS | Dr. Fiona McCulloch Autoimmune Disease: Undiagnosed Symptoms | Dr. Millie Lytle & Dr. Nicole Bundy Early Menopause: Primary Ovarian Insufficiency | Dr. Mandy Leonhardt Endometriosis: Endo Pain and Whole Women’s Wellness | Peta Wright Gut Microbiome: Gut Health & Bloating | Dr. Edison de Mello Vaginal Microbiome: Products That Affect the Vagina | Pam Miles & Dr. Cindy Order Women’s Health Book: Taking Care of You | Dr. Mary O’Connor & Kanwal Haq Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know | Dr. Nanette Wenger Bone Health: It’s Not Just Your Grandma’s Concern | Dr. Jerilynn Prior Women’s health resources mentioned: NAMS (North American Menopause Society): www.menopause.org Lorals, Oral Sex Protection: www.mylorals.com  Rosy, Sexual Wellness App: www.meetrosy.com  International Society for the Study of Women’s Health: www.isswsh.org  Tosh at The Podcast Hub: www.podcasthub.ca  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] NEW! Join Fempower Health on Patreon   **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 13, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Your Authentic Power: Permission to Feel | Ashley Bernardi

What does it mean to live in your authentic power? In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Ashely Bernardi, author of Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel. We discuss what it means to live authentically, how to overcome dark phases of life, and the importance of processing uncomfortable feelings in order to heal. Ashley Bernardi is the founder of Nardi Media, a media relations firm that supports brands, corporations, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits. She has a journalism background with CBS News and has a passion for research and publication. Ashley hosts the award-winning podcast, 2 Girls Talking, and helps women find their authentic power in life.    Discussed in this episode: Ashley’s story of loss, illness, and coming to realize her authentic power Changes that happen when you begin to express your authentic self What does it mean to rest and do nothing? Where do you feel emotions in your body? How to feel your emotions using The Feel Framework Mental health impacts of chronic disease and physical illness Ashley’s experience with late-stage Lyme Disease  What you can do to advocate for yourself  “Get curious about your inner voice. It’s your authentic power— that inner wisdom and inner knowing that you have access to.” - Ashley Bernardi  Related to this episode: Buy Ashley’s book: Authentic Power ashleybernardi.com nardimedia.com Ashely Bernardi Facebook Ashley Bernardi Instagram Ashley Bernardi YouTube Ashley Bernardi LinkedIn Find a Lyme-literate doctor 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**
October 25, 2022
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Products That Affect the Vaginal Microbiome | Apothercare

How do feminine products affect the vaginal microbiome? In this episode, we interview Pamela Miles and Dr. Cindy Orser of Apothercare, a women’s health research and advocacy startup that brings science to the consumer. Apothercare conducts some of the latest lab studies on the human microbiome, specifically related to women’s health. Listen as Pam and Cindy discuss the importance of testing products today and what companies can do to manufacture safer options. They share some of the top products that affect human microbiomes and some of the most interesting research findings in their labs. Pamela Miles is the founder and CEO of Apothercare, which initially focused on the science of cannabis topicals and suppositories for pain. Dr. Cindy Orser is a scientist, researcher, Chief Science Officer for Apothercare. Their team shares findings of the effects of internal and external products on women’s microbiomes and overall health.  Discussed in this episode: Current research on the human gut microbiome The importance of product testing and microbiome testing Common products that impact the vaginal microbiome and reproductive health  Internal vs external vaginal washes and their effects on the vagina  Cannabis products and the gut microbiome FDA testing process for feminine hygiene products Some of the latest Apothercare research  What products might be missing in women’s health? How to choose women's sexual health products that are safer What we can do to demand better testing for women's health products “There is no requirement for safety testing [for women’s hygiene products]. We hope to get the FDA’s attention that these products should go through testing since there’s evidence they affect women’s health.” - Dr. Cindy Orser Related to this episode: More Episodes on Women’s Health Apothercare  Follow Apothercare on Instagram Women’s Voices for the Earth Tips for Women on Avoiding Toxins 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**
October 18, 2022
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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Menopause | Dr. Mandy Leonhardt

Primary ovarian insufficiency, or POI, is the early loss of normal ovarian function in women before the average menopausal age of 45. In this episode, Fempower Health interviews Dr. Mandy Leonhardt, co-author of POI and Early Menopause. They discuss different causes of primary ovarian insufficiency, health effects of ovarian dysfunction, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and other important topics for women affected by POI.  Dr. Mandy Leonhardt is a UK-based General Practitioner, certified nutritionist (MNU), and menopause specialist. Her focus is on women’s hormonal health, lifestyle medicine, and nutrition. Dr. Leonhardt is the co-author of the book, POI and Early Menopause. Discussed in this episode: What is the difference between POI and early menopause? What causes primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)? Early-onset POI in adolescence vs. developing POI in adulthood Overall health aspects of healthy ovaries Types of POI treatment Stress factors that contribute to loss of period and ovarian dysfunction POI symptoms with and without birth control Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as an option, not a requirement Menopause in women with minimal access to healthcare “Women are not small men. We need to acknowledge that. As doctors, we need to be proactive with our female patients and ask the right questions.” - Dr. Mandy Leonhardt Related to this episode: More episodes about Menopause POI and Early Menopause by Mandy Leonhardt and Hannah Short (book) Dr. Leonhardt’s Website: www.hormoneequilibrium.co.uk Dr. Leonhardt on Instagram 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**
October 11, 2022
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Taking Care of You: The Women’s Health Book | Dr. Mary O’Connor & Dr. Kanwal Haq

In this episode, Fempower Health introduces the new women’s health book, Taking Care of You: The Empowered Women’s Guide to Better Health. Here, we interview co-authors Mary O’Connor and Kanwal L. Haq about the book. They also discuss important women’s health topics and research today. Taking Care of You is a book for everyday women. It’s a simplified, comprehensive health guide written by women, for women. It explores health conditions that affect women differently than men, and offers practical resources for women of all ages, races, and walks of life. More than 100 female physicians, women’s health experts, and specialists across the country collaborated on this publication so that women everywhere can become more empowered in their own health. Taking Care of You comes out on October 4, 2022. You can buy a copy at most major retail stores. Discussed in this episode: How women can leverage the book, Taking Care of You The current state of women’s healthcare and how it got this way Why have women been excluded from clinical research until recently? Advocating for shared decision-making in women’s medicine The fragmentation of the healthcare system and what to do about it Practical things women in under-served populations can do for their health Coming up with solutions in women’s health communities Google-searching symptoms, health anxiety, and preparing for doctors’ visits Acknowledging self diagnosis and patient fears Improving provider-to-patient communication  “This book includes what we’ve seen and experienced firsthand. When you get angry enough, you want to change things. This book is our way of putting something forward to help empower women and change the trajectory of women’s health.” - Kanwal L. Haq, M.S. Related to this episode: Episode: Women’s Health After Roe v Wade Overturn Mary O’Connor TEDx Talk: Promoting Health - Your Secret Superpower More Resources from Taking Care of You Movement is Life Caucus Instagram: @womenshealthbook Facebook: @womenshealthbook Linked In: Taking Care of You 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**
October 4, 2022
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Wearable Oral Sex Protection: MyLorals Empowering You to Say Yes | Melanie Cristol

In this episode, we talk with Melanie Cristol about satisfying, safe oral sex for women. Melanie Cristol is a peer sex educator and founder of MyLorals, a sexual wellness brand that makes latex undies for oral sex protection.  MyLorals are the first FDA-cleared underwear item on the market. These wearable, hassle-free alternatives to dental dams allow people of all genders to experience oral pleasure while minimizing the risk of STIs.  Melanie shares her story about creating wearable sexual wellness products, and how latex undies encourage protection, pleasure, and comfort— especially for people with vulvas. She talks about ways to bring up safer oral sex in the bedroom, and what it’s like to advertise a sex product online. Discussed in this episode: The story of how MyLorals was created The many benefits of oral sex for women  All the ways latex underwear can be used for sexual enjoyment and protection  Different types of safe sex products that exist today   The difference between FDA approval vs FDA clearance for sex products Challenges and solutions when advertising sexual wellness products online Ways to introduce Lorals into the bedroom  Benefits of Lorals compared to other oral sex protection tools “I truly believe oral sex can increase people’s moods, their self-esteem, and their happiness. Oral sex is 3x more likely to lead a woman to have an orgasm. To me, that’s an amazing thing.” - Melanie Cristol  Related to this episode: MyLorals.com MyLorals on Instagram: @mylorals Interview with Dr. Rachel Rubin: Women’s Orgasms Q&A Interview with Dr. Cat Meyer: Become Your Own Pleasure Activist Women and Orgasms: Questions, Myths, and Facts More Episodes on Sexual Health and Pleasure If you want to support our 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**
September 27, 2022
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How the Roe v Wade Overturn Affects Women’s Health | Delphine O’Rourke

On June 24, 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, there has been much concern about the future of women’s health, reproductive rights, and safety. Fempower Health shares a special bonus episode interviewing health law specialist and women’s healthcare attorney Delphine O'Rourke about the facts. Note: this discussion is not about opinions, but rather about the real implications of this overturn.  In this episode, Delphine O’Rourke addresses some of the widespread fears expressed since the Roe v Wade news. She shares some tips for understanding abortion laws by state, explores women’s health taboo subjects, and suggests what we can all do to empower change moving forward.  Delphine O’Rourke is an attorney specializing in life sciences, healthcare, and investments. She’s a leader of Goodwin's groundbreaking Women's Health and Wellness Industry practice. Her experience and expertise have established her as an advocate, thought leader, and global speaker as well as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.  Discussed in this episode: How does this supreme court decision affect women’s health? Common fears people have about Roe v Wade being overturned HIPAA and abortion laws regarding personal data privacy  Sensationalized content on social media vs facts  Resources for understanding state abortion laws How voting can impact women’s health policy Ways to research, educate, and advocate women’s health  Disparities in women’s healthcare at large  How to improve women’s health care moving forward  “This is so much more than just abortion. It’s about consumer power. We make financial and medical decisions for ourselves and our families. It’s our time to say we want more [medical] attention and we deserve better.” - Delphine O'Rourke Related to this episode: Goodwin Women’s Health and Wellness The Center for Intimacy Justice  Overview of abortion laws by state Delphine O’Rourke on LinkedIn Delphine at Columbia Law School If you want to support our 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**
September 26, 2022
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Emerging Femtech for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month | Oriana Papin-Zoghbi

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer today. With the much-needed innovation in ovarian cancer research, it’s crucial women understand the complexity and potential for change in this disease. For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Oriana Papin-Zoghbi, the CEO and Co-founder of AOA Dx. AOA Dx is a biotech company focused on early-stage ovarian cancer detection, actively spreading awareness and working toward solutions for women’s health issues. In this episode, we discuss current insights into ovarian cancer research and prognosis. Oriana shares some ovarian cancer stories and what AOA Dx is doing to help women catch the disease early. We cover the average ovarian cancer survival rate, some symptoms of ovarian cancer, and ways to advocate for better testing in women’s health. Discussed in this episode: Ovarian cancer statistics  What can women do to catch early signs of ovarian cancer? Difficulties doctors and women face in ovarian cancer diagnosis  Current diagnostic testing processes  The founding story of AOA Dx Why has it been so hard to get a diagnosis for ovarian cancer? Where AOA Dx is headed next Ways to medically advocate for yourself if you feel something’s wrong “The biggest thing I would say to women is: listen to your body. If you know that something is off, advocate for yourself. More medical testing is better— because the consequence of missing this cancer at early stages is far greater than paying for more tests.” - Oriana Papin-Zoghbi Related to this episode: Ovarian Cancer: Why Awareness is Critical and What You Need to Know More episodes on female-related cancer AOA Dx Website Follow AOA Dx on LinkedIn Follow AOA Dx on Instagram 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] More about Oriana: Oriana Papin-Zoghbi is the CEO and Co-Founder of AOA Dx, a YC-backed biotech company focused on early-stage ovarian cancer detection. She has a proven record in women’s health and driving product launches in new markets, including launching nationwide HPV screening in East Africa and novel diagnostics in maternal-fetal medicine. Oriana has received numerous awards in entrepreneurship for her work in women's health, including the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center MassNextGen Award and The Wave Summit's Emerging Women Founder in Bio Award. She has international experience, having both worked and lived in various geographies and has focused her career on increasing access to care for women globally.   **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**
September 20, 2022
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How to Manage and Reverse PCOS | Dr. Fiona McCulloch

Dr. Fiona McCulloch is a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, Canada who specializes in PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). She is the founder of White Lotus Integrative Medicine and author of the women’s health bestseller, 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS. In this episode, PCOS expert and advocate, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, shares her experience and medical hope for women with PCOS. Dr. McCulloch answers PCOS questions from the Fempower Health audience, and dispels some of the common misinformation that exists on social media. As an eagerly awaited episode, we hope you all enjoy! It’s full of useful information for women with PCOS and their loved ones. Discussed in this episode: Different PCOS symptoms in different women Understanding the medical PCOS diagnosis criteria  Normal irregular periods in teens vs early signs of PCOS Overview of the epigenetics of PCOS PCOS prevention: facts and research PCOS and perimenopause  How thyroid and gut microbiome affect women with PCOS Nutrition myths and facts: is there a “best” diet for PCOS?  Several types of treatment for PCOS and common side effects  Dealing with associated mood disorders, stress, and emotional challenges  Is there a PCOS cure? How to manage PCOS symptoms  “Although it cannot be cured, PCOS symptoms can be managed. A lot of women pull through and find ways to experience little to no symptoms, as long as they find a treatment that works for them.” - Dr. Fiona McCulloch Related to this episode: Reframing PCOS as a Hormone Imbalance, Not a Disease  More episodes with PCOS experts 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS by Dr. Fiona McColloch (book) Dr. Fiona McCulloch’s Website Dr. Fiona McColloch on Instagram PCOS Awareness Association 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] More About Dr. Fiona McCulloch Dr. Fiona McCulloch is a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, Canada who specializes in PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). She is the founder of White Lotus Integrative Medicine and author of the women’s health bestseller, 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS. She serves as a medical advisor for the PCOS Awareness Association as well as Open Source Health, a FemTech platform. Her lectures are enjoyed regularly by doctors, clinicians, and medical students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Fiona McColloch has many writings published in the Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR). As a woman with PCOS herself, she’s passionate about PCOS and women’s health advocacy.  **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**
September 13, 2022
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Preview: New Episodes Fall 2022

Final episodes for Season 3 of the Fempower Health Podcast are here! Get ready to learn how to advocate for your body and become the CEO of your health.  Every week, we share discussions with women’s health experts on all things fertility, sexual wellness, menstrual pain, diet & nutrition, mental health, relationships, and so much more. Upcoming special guest interviews will cover topics including: The importance of pleasure and sexual health  How your body is telling you it’s time to make changes Managing and processing strong emotions Period pain & rest in a society that pressures us to stay busy Doctors’ challenges in women’s health today Research and innovation in women’s healthcare Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) and early menopause Women’s advocacy when experiencing pain or concern PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) Tapping into your personal power  And more— you won’t want to miss it! Special thanks to Oriana Papin-Zoghbi, Dr. Fiona McCulloch, Delphine O'Rourke, Melanie Cristol, Ashley Bernardi, Hinge Health, Cheryl Woodman, Dr. Edison de Mello, Dr. Peta Wright, Apothercare, Melissa Farmer, Dr. Mandy Leonhardt, Dr. Mary O’Connor, Kanwal Haq and all who helped to make these women’s health episodes accessible to all.  Thank you Tosh Taylor for your editing prowess. If you want to support Fempower Health, please leave a review on iTunes or Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  If you enjoyed an episode, spread the awareness and share it with someone you know! 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]
September 6, 2022
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LISTEN AGAIN: Why Your Ovulation Phase is Critical for Your Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

Why is it important to know when you are ovulating? In this episode, Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden return to the podcast to discuss why ovulation, rather than the period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. They share how the ovulation phase is crucial to your overall health (not just fertility), and how to address hormonal imbalance. Listen to this interesting discussion where they reveal important health facts women of all ages need to know.   What you’ll learn: What happens hormonally during ovulation? Why is it so important? What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation? Can you have anovulation with regular periods? Female hormones (estrogen vs progesterone) and how they impact ovulation How to track ovulation  What are the signs that you are not ovulating? How to know if you are making too much estrogen What is a normal luteal phase? Can you take birth control as a teenager?* “What matters [for women’s health] is releasing an egg and making progesterone— and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. [Both] are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior Related to this episode: Resources to support Menstrual Health** Similar episodes on the Spotify Podcast Playlists: Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health Share the article: Women’s Health and the Ovulation Cycle For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery (CeMCOR) Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women? (CeMCOR) Follow #RighttoOvulate on Instagram Get Dr. Lara Briden’s Books: Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual If you enjoyed this episode and want to support this women’s health podcast, leave a review for Fempower Health on iTunes or Spotify! Support Fempower Health:  Follow @FempowerHealth on Instagram for the latest updates, tips, and news in women’s health. Tell your friends about the podcast and share this episode!   About Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC (former ABIM, ABEM) is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health.  She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures, and bone mineral density and has followed over 9000 adult women and men across the country for over 19 years, plus about 1,000 younger women and men aged 16-24 for two years. About Dr. Lara Briden Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual— practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones.  With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems. *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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links**
August 30, 2022
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An Innovation for Predicting Pregnancy Complications | Dr. Michal Elovitz

Dr. Michal Elovitz is a physician-scientist with a demonstrated history of research success from the bench to the bedside. She is a successful mentor promoting physician-scientists in women's health research. She also founded and directed the Womxn's Health Collaborative. Strong professional skills in Perinatal Medicine, Molecular Biology, Reproductive Immunology Microbiome, Pregnancy, Healthcare, Biomarkers, Discovery Research, Clinical Research, and Translational Research.  Despite the U.S. having the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, health risks in pregnancy health have remained understudied, underfunded, and underserved. Pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and gestational diabetes impact 1 in 5 women, and with no accurate way to predict them before symptoms appear, both moms and babies are often in crisis mode when diagnosed in their third trimester. Dr. Elovitz explains one of those complications, preeclampsia, and explores how better screening can help. “There has to be silos broken down. If we want to advance women’s health, we need to be partnering. We need to work together if we actually care about changing women’s health.”  Dr Michal Elovitz 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. Michal E. Elovitz Michal A. Elovitz, MD is a tenured physician-scientist and the Hilarie L. Morgan and Mitchell L. Morgan President’s Distinguished Professor in Women’s Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Elovitz brings the clinical and research world together to advance reproductive, pregnancy and women’s health. She has been actively involved in fundamental and translational research for over 20 years. Her research is or has been funded by the March of Dimes, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, National Institute of Child Health and Development, National Institute for Nursing Research, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Elovitz believes strongly in mentoring and sponsoring the next generation of physician-scientists in women’s health. She believes that the future of Women’s Health lies in supporting and integrating physicians and scientists from OBGYN as well as other disciplines. As such, Dr. Elovitz currently mentors students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and faculty across fields and disciplines. She created the Women for Women (W4W) peer mentoring group for women physicians and scientists to promote retention and productivity. As part of her advocacy, she is one of the co-founders and the current Director of the Womxn's Health Collaborative which serves to foster and grow diversity and gender and racial equity in women's health.
August 23, 2022
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LISTEN AGAIN: Preventing the Most Preventable Cancer

Dr Miriam Cremer is founder of Basic Health International, which exists to eliminate cervical cancer on a global level through cutting edge research for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer in low resource settings. Dr. Cremer, founded Basic Health after seeing first hand the devastating impact of this devastating yet preventable cancer can have on women. In this episode, Dr. Cremer covers: How our understanding of HPV and cervical cancer is changing guidelines for pap smears What is the main cause of cervical cancer? What are the warning signs for cervical cancer? Is cervical cancer preventable? Is cervical cancer curable? How effective is HPV vaccine in preventing cervical cancer? Why women of color and immigrants are most impacted by cervical cancer The future of HPV testing and how it can transform the transgender population "It's very rare to find a cancer where you have a precursor, you have a vaccine for it, and you have a place you can reach. An organ you can get at and treat right away. We have all these tools. Why is it that women are dying of cervical cancer?" - Dr Miriam Cremer If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! As mentioned on the podcast: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) HPV screening tests coming soon: cobas and Onclarity Research for transgender men  WHO this year has called for elimination of cervical cancer And be sure to..... Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Check out these Fempower Health Podcast Playlists for your favorite topics. Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. **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.  May contain affiliate links
August 16, 2022
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Heart Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know | Dr. Nanette Wenger

According to Go Red for Women, cardiovascular disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined and yet only 44% of women recognize that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat.  That is why we are discussing heart health. Dr. Nanntte Wenger has been at the forefront of advancing patient care for the last 60-plus years. She was among the first physicians to focus on coronary heart disease in women, and to evaluate the different risk factors, symptoms and conditions for women compared to men.  She speaks about the following: We need information specific to women to treat women  What are the risks for and symptoms of heart problems in women? How do heart attacks manifest differently from men vs. women? How does a woman know if she has heart problems? How can a woman keep a healthy heart? What is the current state of healthcare professional awareness of how heart attacks manifest in men vs. women? How to advocate for yourself, especially if you feel as though you aren’t being heard? “It is important to realize this is not a disease of old ladies.  This is a disease of young women.  It is a disease that can be ameliorated and prevented.” - Dr Nanette Wenger Resources: American Heart Association’s Presidential Advisory Chest Pain Guidelines American Heart Association and Go Red for Women   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.** **May contain affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** More about Dr. Nanette Wenger  Dr. Nanette Wenger was a co-author of the American Heart Association’s 2007 Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women, and she continues to promote and conduct gender-specific cardiology research. Her work includes the connection between pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease and the possibility that certain breast cancer treatments are linked to heart failure. Dr. Wenger earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College, summa cum laude. She was one of the first women to earn her doctorate in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and in 1956, she was the first woman to be named chief resident in cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  Together with colleagues at Grady, she led the development of a 21-day cardiac rehabilitation program for patients after myocardial infarction (heart attack), which became a model for programs across the country. Dr. Wenger is actively practicing at Emory University School of Medicine and is a professor emeritus and serves as the director of the Cardiac Clinics and the ECG Laboratory at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wenger has received numerous awards for her notable achievements throughout her career. Just last month, she was featured in The Hill newspaper’s special tribute, “The Century of the Woman: 100 Women Who Have Helped Shape America.”  She also chaired the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Rehabilitation after Cardiovascular Disease and co-chaired the Guideline Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation for the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Dr. Wenger has had a longstanding interest in geriatric cardiology, is a past president of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology for more than 15 years.
June 28, 2022
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Perimenopause: Common Symptoms & How to Treat Them | Dr. Alyssa Dweck

Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a practicing gynecologist and the Chief Medical Officer of Bonafide, speaks with Fempower Health on the following about common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause: What are the stages of perimenopause and menopause? How to know if you are in perimenopause or have another underlying condition? Which are the common symptoms of perimenopause? What are the treatments for common symptoms? Is it normal to bleed when you are in menopause? How to find a menopause expert? “Not all OB GYNs want to or are trained to or at the stages of their careers where they are seeing so many menopausal patients.  My field has split into obstetrics and gynecology and surgery and sexual health and menopause experts are almost sub-specialists.” - Dr Alyssa Dweck Resources: Perimenopause & Menopause Playlist on Spotify Curated resources Find the right doctor   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** More about Dr. Alyssa Dweck Dr. Alyssa Dweck is a practicing gynecologist and the Chief Medical Officer of Bonafide. She is an Ob/Gyn for over 25 years with a special interest in menopausal health and training in female sexual health.  Dr. Dweck is the co-author of three books - including The Complete A to Z for V - and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Day LA.  She contributes regularly to multiple prints and online media outlets.  She has been voted “Top Doctor” in New York Magazine and Westchester Magazine. When she’s not helping women improve their health, Dr. Dweck enjoys time with her husband, two sons, and “girly” English Bulldog.  She is an avid runner and sports car enthusiast.
June 21, 2022
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Pelvic Floor Surgery: Prevent, Prepare, and Optimize Success | Kim Vopni

Pelvic floor muscles play an important role in our bodies, and we may not realize how important until we have incontinence, pain, and/or prolapse. A common concern is the root cause of a dysfunction might not be properly addressed causing issues down the line such as the need for surgery or repeat surgery. Kim Vopni, author of Your Pelvic Floor, is a self professed pelvic health evangelist and is known as The Vagina Coach.She is a certified fitness professional who wants to end the suffering associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. Kim speaks with Fempower Health on the following about pelvic floor health and surgery: Which are the 3 types of pelvic floor dysfunctions? What are the signs of a weak pelvic floor and how do you fix pelvic floor dysfunction? What are pelvic floor dysfunction treatment options and which pelvic floor dysfunctions might require surgery? How do you optimize pelvic floor surgery recovery time and outcomes? How successful is pelvic prolapse surgery, and what can you do post surgery to optimize results? How do you find the right pelvic floor surgeon? Which questions should you ask the pelvic floor surgeon? What if you can’t afford a pelvic floor specialist or surgeon? “I do see a lot of people after the fact who say “I had surgery for this and then I still have this problem or the problem came back” or “I have another problem and then I had another surgery.” People will chase the problem with surgery or pharmaceuticals and aren’t getting to a root cause.” - Kim Vopni Follow Kim Vopni on Instagram Resources: Buff Muff App Free Pelvic Surgery Webinar Spotify Playlist for other Pelvic Health related episodes Kim’s Book Your Pelvic Floor Study on lower back pain and association with pelvic floor issues Below the Belt film   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** More about Kim Vopni Kim Vopni is a self professed pelvic health evangelist and is known as The Vagina Coach. She is a certified fitness professional who wants to end the suffering associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is a published author, a passionate speaker and women’s health educator. Kim is the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc - a company offering pelvic health programs products and coaching for women in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. She also co-founded, grew, and sold a company called Bellies Inc where she created the Ab System – a revolutionary birth prep and recovery system for pregnant women. Her annual event Kegels & Cocktails™ has helped hundreds gain knowledge about pelvic health and her Buff Muff app is ensuring everyone knows how to do kegels and actually does them! Kim also certifies other fitness and movement professionals to work with women with core and pelvic floor challenges through her Core Confidence Specialist Certification. You can find her on-line at www.vaginacoach.com and on social media @vaginacoach
June 14, 2022
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Bone Health: Why It's Not Just your Grandmother's Concern | Dr. Jerilynn Prior

According to the CDC, overall, the age-adjusted prevalence of osteoporosis among adults aged 50 and over increased from 9.4% in 2007–2008 to 12.6% in 2017–2018 (See this Figure). Osteoporosis prevalence among women increased from 14.0% in 2007–2008 to 19.6% in 2017–2018. And according to this episode’s guest, Dr. Jerilynn Prior, osteoporosis is not something only older women should concern themselves with. It begins in adolescence. Dr. Jerilynn Prior, of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR), is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia, with 40 years experience in women’s health.   We discuss the following about bone health. What are the foundations for good bone health? What causes poor bone health and why is bone health important? What are the best vitamins & supplements for bone health?  Which forms and doses of them do you need? How are the types of foods you eat connected to bone health? What causes bones to decrease during adolescence and what can you do to strengthen bones  in adolescence? Can you reverse bone loss?  And is osteoporosis hereditary? Your questions about collagen and medications answered! “It is still not in the textbooks that progesterone increased bone formation.  20% the change in bone over one year was related to the length of the luteal phase.  Dietary intake was only 3%.”  - Dr. Jerilynn Prior Follow CeMCOR on Instagram Resources: CeMCOR Newsletter Signup Progesterone as a Bone-trophic hormone ABCs of Osteoporosis Prevention for Women in Midlife Why do I have Osteoporosis?  I’m Way too Young! Other Episodes with Dr Prior Progesterone vs. Estrogen Why Ovulation is Critical for Women’s Overall Health (dual guests - Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden) Reframing PCOS as a Hormone Imbalance, Not a Disease   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** More about Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC investigates women’s menstrual cycles, population variability of ovulation and physiological associations of ovulatory disturbances within regular cycles with osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer and endometrial cancer risks. She also studies the hormonal and experience changes in perimenopause and treatment of perimenopausal and menopausal hot flushes with progesterone.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Aubrey J. Tingle Prize awarded to a “BC clinician scientist whose work in health research is internationally recognized”. She is Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR, since 2002) with its website (www.cemcor.ca) providing practical evidence-based information through a mean of 3,000 page-views/day.  She has led the British Columbia Centre of the population-based Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) since 1994. In addition to authoring over 200 peer-reviewed papers (H Index 65), Dr. Prior is the author of the award-winning book, Estrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause (2005, 2nd ed. 2018), a novel written to inform/empower women with perimenopause information.
June 7, 2022
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Which Birth Control Option is Right for You? | Dallas Barnes & Thara Vayali

Birth control is a $65 billion industry.  However, according to Reya Health, which is helping people find the right birth control for them,  75% of people who use birth control have some sort of side effect and1/3 take 5 methods and 2 years to find the right solution.   Dallas Barnes, Founder and CEO of Reya Health and Thara Vayali, a Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Advisory, speak about the following to address this challenge. Why is it important for patients to be informed about the different types of birth control available? Why is it important to learn which birth control is right for you? What are common birth control side effects?  How do you determine which birth control option to take?  How do you know when it might be time to switch your birth control? “It does not have to be behind the gate of the physician that says, “We did not want to tell you that you weren’t actually getting a period.”  We can tell people.  They can handle it.  Then they can make the decisions they want to make.” - Thara Vayali “In my personal opinion, birth control should not make someone uncomfortable.  There is an adjustment period.  You want to be prepared for it.  If you are experiencing something you are uncomfortable with, let’s have a conversation.  What are you going to do about it?” - Dallas Barnes Follow Reya Health on Instagram Resources: The Business of Birth Control movie   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 Reya Health: A company founded by a  birth control user for other birth control users. After experiencing years of grueling trial and error trying to find a suitable contraceptive, Reya's founder and CEO set out to change the way we approach our search. Too often, birth control is seen as a "one-size-fits-all." Of course, we are not all one size. Here at Reya, we put the individual user at the center and create a personalized experience to guide them through their birth control journey. We want everyone using contraceptives (hormonal and non-hormonal) to have personalized and reliable information to make informed decisions for their unique situation.   Dallas Barnes (Founder & CEO): Dallas is a graduate from Sauder School of Business at UBC. Before Reya, Dallas mentored and coached small businesses, working closely with Indigenous entrepreneurs and helping them form strong business plans and growth strategies. Her negative experience navigating birth control and the notorious trial and error process inspired her to create the solution that she wished she had.   Thara Vayali (Medical Advisor): Thara is a Naturopathic Doctor with over a decade of experience in women’s reproductive health, contraceptive counseling and female hormonal management. Thara ran a holistic health clinic for 10 years and now oversees technology solutions in clinical contexts. She speaks internationally for health literacy initiatives.
May 31, 2022
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Black Motherhood Through the Lens | Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi

Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and a fourth year medical student in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minority populations that often go untold. Her latest is Black Motherhood Through the Lens (check out the trailer), where she explores the lives of 4 black women and their experience through various faces of pregnancy (pre, during and post). In this episode, Ade sharest the following topics through the stories of black mothers: Infertility Post Partum Breastfeeding Mortality “Some people don’t feel comfortable opening up about postpartum because they are worried their child will be taken from them, which has historically happened to black families .”  - Ade Osinubi Follow Ade on Twitter and Instagram Resources: Website: www.blackmotherhoodfilm.com Trailer: https://vimeo.com/486605249 Forbes Feature: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanychambers/2022/02/21/one-medical-student-and-filmmakers-journey-producing-a-film-addressing-black-maternal-health-disparities/ Washington Post Piece: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/02/26/black-mothers-postpartum/ Glamour Magazine Piece: https://www.glamour.com/story/where-are-all-the-black-women-at-the-fertility-clinic 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 Ade Osinubi Adeiyewunmi (Ade) Osinubi is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and a fourth year medical student in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work focuses on sharing the stories of minority populations that often go untold. At the age of 16, Ade traveled to Mekelle, Ethiopia to co-produce her first documentary.  Since then, Ade has produced films educating the public about various health topics in an accessible way. She has written for the Washington Post and Glamour Magazine on topics related to health equity. Her work on the film was also recently recognized in Forbes amongst other places. In the future, Ade hopes to pursue a career in health journalism, using her passion for photography and film to elevate the voices of communities of color.
May 24, 2022
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Menstrual Health Equity: Why it Matters to Us All

Guests Michela Bedard of PERIOD. and Claire Coder of Aunt Flow discuss important menstrual health issues.  With 50% of the population menstruating, it is shocking to see the degree of inequities that still exist.  This podcast episode is intended to raise awareness and instill a sense of urgency about menstrual health equity and why having a shared language around “normal” periods is critical. We cover the following menstrual health issues: Why menstrual health equity is important and why inequity still remains How menstrual health equity differs across race, gender, and socioeconomic statuses The negative societal impact of menstrual health inequity and how equity can positively impact us all The role each of us can play to advance the menstrual health equity movement “In the United States, eight states have passed legislation requiring middle schools and high schools, sometimes elementary schools, to offer free period products in the bathroom, not the nurse's office in the bathroom. And why that matters is if you think about what happens in the bathroom versus the nurse's office. Bathrooms are for natural bodily functions. You go to the nurse's office when you're sick.” - Claire Coder, Aunt Flow “Policy follows culture. We're starting to see culture change.  We're starting to see social media deal with menstruation and starting to see more femtech companies pop up. We're seeing Claire's Aunt Flow company be successful.  We're seeing hundreds of PERIOD. chapters being formed every year. But the policy implications haven't really caught up yet. They're just starting to.”  - Michela Bedard, PERIOD. Resources: Spotify Podcast Playlist on Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health Learn about Menstrual Hygiene Day 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Michela Bedard Michela Bedard, Executive Director of PERIOD., is committed to building a better future. She believes that every person deserves dignity and the chance to be seen for their full humanity.    Michela brings nearly two decades of experience in program management, fundraising and advocacy within non-profit, corporate, political and civic organizations. From big-picture creativity to day-to-day operations, Michela produces strategic partnerships and develops robust networks to strengthen organizations and movements seeking to tackle systemic inequality.    In addition to her work with PERIOD., Michela currently serves as Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Sisters, a Portland non-profit serving marginalized women or those whose gender makes them vulnerable. She also serves on the Governing Board of the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation, the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, and on committees within Portland Public Schools.   Michela holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.  About Claire Coder Claire Coder (Forbes 30under30) is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to make the world better for people with periods, Aunt Flow stocks organizations with tampons and pads. Coder launched her first company at age 16, designed a bag for Vera Bradley that sold out in 24 hours, and has her own line of GIFs. The 24-year-old Thiel Fellow has been featured in TeenVogue, Forbes, and starred in TLC’s Girl Starter Season 1. When she is not jamming out to Macklemore, she is teaching Zumba classes.
May 23, 2022
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Exploring the Relationship between Love and Death | Dr. Jordana Jacobs

Dr. Jordana Jacobs, a clinical psychologist based out of New York City. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Jacobs gives presentations and leads retreats aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality so that they are able to live and love more fully.  In this episode, Dr Jacobs speaks about the following: Why we struggle to live our lives to the fullest Correlation between the fear of death and living fully Importance of courage and what that means “We can become quite complacent in our deep and meaningful connections.  We want to believe the people most important to us will be here forever because we are terrified of losing them.”  - Dr. Jodana Jacobs Follow Dr Jordana Jacobs on Instagram and check out her website. Resources: Recommended reading on mental health If the Buddha Dated Four Thousand Weeks Breakup Bootcamp How to Change your Mind After the Ecstasy, the Laundry 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. Jordana Jacobs Dr. Jordana Jacobs is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic and existential therapy into her treatment of patients. Dr. Jacobs’ training at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with terminally ill cancer patients, her studies in Northern India, and her Vipassana meditation practice inspired her research on the relationship between death awareness and love. Her dissertation, entitled “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-term Romantic Relationships” specifically explored the ways in which priming for death has the potential to increase intimacy in partnerships.
May 17, 2022
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Do At-home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shirkhande

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 devices How to know if your device is helping or hurting How Pelvic Rehabilitation Center is trying to increase access to care What does FDA approval for classified medical devices mean? We cover the following pelvic floor-related devices, tools, and exercises. Elvie Perifit K-fit Flyte Innovo Elitone Thigh master-like devices Jade eggs Kegel 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 Shrikhande Follow Pelvic Rehabilitation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Resources: Dustienne Miller Yoga Adriene’s Yoga Pelvic Floor Podcast Playlist Pelvic Floor Resources Yoga for Incontinence Yoga for Postpartum 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. Allyson Shrikhande Dr. 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. Dr. Shrikhande is passionate about this cause and dedicated to helping men and women with pelvic pain who often suffer without anyone willing to listen, understand or find the cause of their pain. That’s why she has traveled the world to work with expert gynecologists, urologists, physiatrists and interventional pain physicians. With an extensive background in mainstream clinical medicine, she also makes use of many alternatives, holistic and homeopathic approaches. She has published peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of muscle pain in academic journals and works closely with renowned pelvic pain gynecologists and urologists. Taking a team approach, she works with specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy, kinetics and movement, as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, cognitive behavioral therapists and functional medicine physicians. Dr. Allyson Shrikhande currently teaches fall and spring remote courses at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
May 10, 2022
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IBS: Navigating Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Difficult Healthcare System | Dr. Peter Whorwell

Dr. Peter Whorwell, author of Take Control of your IBS, directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service and has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders. His unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK.  In honor of April’s IBS Awareness Month, dive into IBS and complications around diagnosis and treatment. Given Dr. Whorwell’s book provides a lot of the foundations and is a quick read, we dove into some of the topics he did not go deep into in the book.  We do cover some foundations. You will learn this… Challenges with modern medicine impacting IBS diagnosis and how tests don’t solve everything Typical IBS symptoms and how IBS symptoms are unique from other possible conditions Research conducted about endometriosis vs IBS Another perspective on endo belly Caution around understanding symptoms, especially around your period versus throughout menstrual cycle so you are not treated for the wrong thing Why HRT can play a critical role for IBS patients in perimenopause and post menopause Bloating vs distension Gut microbiome and IBS relationship Whether comprehensive stool analysis is worth it IBS and the impact of fiber Whether laxatives damage the bowel “I can’t cure you, but I can make life better for you.  IBS won’t be cured, at least not in my lifetime”  - Dr. Peter Whorwell Resources: Take Control of your IBS book Other IBS resources Gut Health Podcast Episode 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. Peter Whorwell Professor Whorwell graduated in biochemistry at the University of London and in medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London. After a series of residencies and fellowships, one of which was in the USA, he was appointed as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester in 1981 and was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology. Over the years he has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders and now directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service. This unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK. It also undertakes a wide-ranging programme of research into new treatment options for these conditions including pharmacological, dietary and behavioral approaches. Professor Whorwell has published over 350 papers and chapters in his fields of interest and serves on a number of international advisory panels and working parties.
May 3, 2022
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Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden are back on the podcast. In this episode, they discuss why ovulation, rather than our period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. It is an important and interesting discussion shedding light on important concepts that impact women of all ages.   We cover the following: What happens during ovulation and why is it so important? What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation? The importance of estrogen and progesterone and how they impact ovulation How ovulation tracking works Is it possible to have regular cycles and not ovulate? What are the signs that you are not ovulating? How to know if you are making too much estrogen What is a normal luteal phase? Can you take birth control as a teenager? “What matters is releasing an egg, making progesterone, and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. They are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior Resources: Curated resources to support Menstrual Health Spotify Podcast Playlist on Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health Blog Posts from CeMCOR: For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women? Follow #RighttoOvulate Dr. Lara Briden’s Books: Period Repair Manual  Hormone Repair Manual 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC (former ABIM, ABEM) is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures and bone mineral density and has followed over 9000 adult women and men across the country for over 19 years, plus about a 1000 younger women and men aged 16-24 for two years. About Dr. Lara Briden Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual— practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones.  With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.
April 26, 2022
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Genetic Testing Before and During Pregnancy | Jennifer Saucier

Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) provides insight into the risk of a fetal genetic abnormality, and can help inform pregnancy management before and after birth. However, the value of genetic screening is dependent on whether results are interpreted correctly, appropriate medical follow-up, and access to relevant resources.  Genetic counselors help to ensure that NIPT is translated into better prenatal care. However, many women who receive NIPT do not visit a genetic counselor.  In this episode, Jennifer Saucier, board-certified genetic counselor who currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Genetic Services at Natera, discusses: What is the difference between carrier screening and prenatal screening and diagnostic testing? Who needs prenatal screening, and what week is prenatal screening? Why should patients ask for these screening tests? Does insurance usually cover NIPT? Carrier screening? The future of screening: Can we test for risk of addiction? Can science lead us to gene editing or alteration and if so, what does this mean? What does a genetic counselor do? How do you find a genetic counselor? That first OB appointment expectant parents have is so overwhelming. Your healthcare provider gives a lot of information in a short period of time. - Jennifer Saucier  Resources: Spotify Podcast Playlist on Pregnancy Find a Genetic Counselor 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Jennifer Saucier Jennifer Saucier is a board-certified genetic counselor who currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Genetic Services at Natera where she oversees a large team of laboratory genetic counselors, telehealth genetic counselors and genetic counseling assistants. Prior to joining Natera, Ms. Saucier gained invaluable experience in all areas of genetic testing (prenatal, pediatrics, cancer and laboratory) working as the sole genetic counselor at a large rural university hospital and later at several maternal fetal medicine offices in Austin, Texas. Ms. Saucier graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Genetics and has a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. 
April 19, 2022
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): A Conversation We Must Have | Dr Amita Jassi & Rachel Koutnik

Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects about 1 in 50 people. This means that more than 5 million people to nearly 10 million people in the United States alone have BDD. The body dysmorphia advocacy group, BDD, connected me to Dr. Amita Jassi and Rachel Koutnik, LCSW. In this episode, we cover the following body dysmorphia questions and answers: Body Dysmorphia Definition, including how similar or dissimilar it is to anorexia and bulimia Body Dysmorphia Test Body Dysmorphia Symptoms Body Dysmorphia and Social Media How to help someone with Body Dysmorphia The relationship to the routines that I had was an issue and nobody caught it. The meaning I made was an issue and nobody caught it. I believed what I believed internally. - Rachel Koutnik Resources: Body Dysmorphia Quiz Body Dysmorphia Support Mental Health Book Recommendations 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** About Dr. Amita Jassi Dr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). She has worked with this client group since 2006. Amita is the lead for the BDD branch of the service as well as the research lead for the clinic. This is the only specialist service for young people with BDD in the UK.   In her clinical role, she develops and delivers individually-tailored treatment packages, including intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment, as well as offering consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country.   Amita has taught and trained nationally and internationally on child and adolescent OCD and BDD. She is the author of several books including ‘Appearance Anxiety: a Guide to Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder for Young People, Families and Professionals’ and ‘The Parents’ Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder’. She has She has over 35 publications in peer reviewed journals on OCD and BDD and engages in media work to increase awareness and understanding of these conditions. Amita is also a trustee for the BDD Foundation charity. About Rachel Koutnik Rachel Koutnik, LCSW is a therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Rachel has been a practicing therapist for 12 years with a background in community counseling with children, adults and families, and emergency room crisis work. She currently works with teens, adults and couples providing outpatient therapy, as well as part time work with adults in an intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery center. Rachel identifies as a wounded healer and has also been in recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other mental health struggles for the past 20 years. Her own healing journey has led to her integrative approach of evidence based and holistic healing methods.
April 12, 2022
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Reframing PCOS as a Hormone Imbalance, Not a Disease | Dr. Jerilynn Prior

PCOS impacts 1 in 10 women yet it is still underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Dr. Jerilynn Prior, of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR), is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia, with 40 years experience in women’s health. She brings an interesting perspective to what might happen if we considered PCOS to primarily be a hormone imbalance rather than a disease. In this episode, we cover the following: Difference between ovarian cysts and PCOS Why PCOS is not the best term to describe the condition What is the main cause of PCOS? What are the first signs of PCOS? What is the diagnostic criteria for PCOS? How having multiple criteria (e.g., Rotterdam and International) for diagnosing PCOS creates confusion leading to multiple cases of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis Can PCOS tests be wrong? Can birth control make PCOS worse? Can birth control cause PCOS? Is PCOS genetically inherited? “To me, this is the hopeful message. PCOS is a hormone imbalance, not a disease.” - Dr Jerilynn Prior Resources: PCOS Podcast Playlist PCOS Resource Page Find a Doctor PCOS Education 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** More about Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC investigates women’s menstrual cycles, population variability of ovulation and physiological associations of ovulatory disturbances within regular cycles with osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer and endometrial cancer risks. She also studies the hormonal and experience changes in perimenopause and treatment of perimenopausal and menopausal hot flushes with progesterone.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Aubrey J. Tingle Prize awarded to a “BC clinician scientist whose work in health research is internationally recognized”. She is Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR, since 2002) with its website (www.cemcor.ca) providing practical evidence-based information through a mean of 3,000 page-views/day. She has led the British Columbia Centre of the population-based Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) since 1994. In addition to authoring over 200 peer-reviewed papers (H Index 65), Dr. Prior is the author of the award-winning book, Estrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause (2005, 2nd ed. 2018), a novel written to inform/empower women with perimenopause information.
April 5, 2022
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Why Your Vagina Does What it Does | Dr. Nicole Williams

Dr. Nicole E. Williams is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. With the philosophy of marrying both alternative and traditional medicine, Dr. Williams opened The Gynecology Institute of Chicago in July 2013 and recently published This is How You Vagina. In this episode, we cover the following: Tour of female body parts and misconceptions about the female body Vaginal odor: what is normal and when to see a doctor Sitz bath benefits and how it differs from vaginal steam and douching Yeast infection symptoms and treatments How your vagina changes during pregnancy, after birth and in menopause Tips for which lubricant is best and probiotics for women “There is no such thing as a pretty labia. There is what an ideal might be. We now know that most of the pictures in textbooks of women’s labia, thanks to Dr. Netter, picture them as small, which is not the case at all for almost every human female. ” - Dr. Nicole Williams Resources: This is How You Vagina book Women’s Health Foundations Spotify Podcast Playlist Curated products to support your specific needs 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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** More about Dr Nicole Williams Dr. Williams has also appeared in Redbook, Prevention Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Chicago Sun-Times, WomensForum.com, Buzzfeed, and Bustle. She is a tireless advocate for women's health issues, especially maternal issues, and has successfully lobbied Congress on behalf of her patients, having her formal remarks on maternal health entered into the public record. Dr. Williams also travels the world extensively, educating and operating on those who need it most in the most far flung places. She has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Ghana, the Philippines, and Cambodia, to name a few. Dr. Williams has also made many appearances on ABC, NPR, WGN, CBS and FOX Chicago as a noted speaker on women's health. Additionally, she is a member of American Mensa, the international high-IQ society. In This is How You Vagina, Dr. Williams seeks to dispel all the myths she still hears from patients every day about their vaginas, and to empower them with vagina knowledge. She lives in Chicago, IL.
March 29, 2022
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Managing Hormone Imbalances that come with your Hormone Type | Dr Shawn Tassone

Shawn Tassone, MD Ph.D. is a double-boarded physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Tassone believes it is time for women to understand fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, irregular periods, fibroids, decreased libido, and burnout are not permanent situations.  In this episode, our conversation focuses on understanding our hormones. We discuss: Determining you hormonal archetype Which hormones may be out of balance based on your symptoms Possible ways to have hormone balance Which tests can you try to understand your hormones  The effectiveness of various test types: saliva, blood, and urine Dr Tassone’s the top 3 supplements for women “The human body was made to heal itself and the medical model should involve more patient-centered care with an active patient and passive healer.” - Dr. Shawn Tassone  Resources: The Hormone Balance Bible  Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood Hands Off My Belly! The Pregnant Women’s Guide to Surviving, Myths, Mothers, and Moods, Contraception Deception Hormone Archetype Quiz 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. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  **Contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links** More about Dr Shawn Tassone He is a practicing OBGYN, speaker, patient advocate, and author.  His books are written on topics of spirituality in medical care, hormone balance, various aspects of women's health such as birth control and pregnancy, and he is an advocate for whole foods to heal the human body.  Dr. Tassone served as a faculty member at the University of Arizona and University  of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center teaching residents and medical students. Dr. Tassone was also an instructor in Integrative Medicine at Arizona State University. 
March 22, 2022
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Could your Undiagnosed Symptoms be an Autoimmune Condition? | Dr. Nicole Bundy & Dr. Millie Lytle

Autoimmune diseases affect more than 24 million people in America alone. Exhausting to experience and difficult to diagnose, autoimmunity is an issue that’s gaining more research in modern medicine. Doctors, immunologists, and patients all want answers. Dr. Nicole Bundy, a licensed, board-certified internist and rheumatologist, and Dr. Millie Lytle, a licensed naturopathic doctor, epidemiologist and nutrition specialist, both of whom work for Mymee, provide incredible insight into the dynamics of autoimmune disease to help you find the answers you need. We discuss: Autoimmune disease prevalence & symptoms How autoimmune disease in your family history may impact your own health outlook What to do if your doctor says s/he can’t help you Which type of doctor do you need to see The role your lifestyle and medications play in your healing The future of autoimmune disease “If you find yourself routinely taking 3-5 medications just to get through your day (e.g., pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, antihistamines, sleep aid) for symptom control, that is a sign something is not in balance. Putting these band-aids on signals it is time to take a deeper look.” - Dr. Nikki Bundy Learn more about Mymee on my podcast episode with Mette Dyhrberg, the founder. 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. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  May contain affiliate links About Dr. Millie Lytle Dr. Millie Lytle is dedicated to innovatively preventing and reversing the epidemic of chronic disease. She earned her 4-year post grad ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's in Public Health (MPH) in Hamburg, Germany. In addition to 15 years of private practice, Millie is a published researcher and conference speaker. At Mymee, Dr. Lytle manages the coaching program, including all care delivery. About Dr. Nikki Bundy Dr. Bundy is passionate about improving care for autoimmune and other chronic diseases. She has 15+ years of experience as a practicing rheumatologist and clinical researcher, and is focused on developing innovative solutions that leverage the growing understanding of the role that lifestyle and diet play in the development and course of autoimmune disease. Her interest in functional medicine and preventative rheumatology come from her experience working with patients as well as personal struggles with her own health. At Mymee, Dr. Bundy sets clinical and research directions, supervises ongoing clinical studies, serves as a subject matter expert for a number of autoimmune diseases, and builds external collaborations with clinicians, researchers, and other key partners.
March 15, 2022
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Endometriosis: What You Deserve to Know | Dr. Tamer Seckin

Dr. Tamer Seckin is a world-renowned endometriosis surgeon and founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. He is the author of The Doctor Will See you Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis. In this powerful interview (a shortened version from Season 1), he describes his journey into this calling and the realities he encounters about how women with endometriosis suffer. . . and what can and should be done about it. We discuss: How endometriosis manifests Options for diagnosis How toxins impact your body and endometriosis Finding a surgeon Determining whether hysterectomy  is the right decision It’s impact on fertility “One of the most common causes of repeat surgery is incomplete surgery.” - Dr. Tamer Seckin Are there women in your life who suffer from endometriosis? All of us should be better informed to seek the right care and support other women. Share this episode with the women in your life.  If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Check out the Spotify Podcast Playlist on Endometriosis and the webpage with other endometriosis-related resources. And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  May contain affiliate links
March 8, 2022
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The Right Way to Workout | Dr. Amy Hoover & Rachel Katzman

Two guests join Fempower Health this week to speak about “movement as medicine.”  Rachel Katzman is the Co-Founder of P.volve, which started in 2017 after experiencing her own personal evolution through movement influenced by her scoliosis.  Dr. Amy Hoover is a member of the P.volve Clinical Advisory Board and owns and operates APHysio LLC, a wellness practice where she specializes in hands-on manual therapy. She also has a special interest in both pre and postnatal care and women's health, plus extensive training in pelvic floor physical therapy.  We discuss: The reality of simply being told “just go exercise” may not be enough or the right thing for you The foundations of proper technique How to determine the right exercise for you The future of exercise as a prescription “The way of the future is, you go to your doctor and they give you access to a movement online that you can follow and easily check in with, and it is a part of your prescription.” - Dr. Amy Hoover Prefer to read the podcast? Click here. If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Check out the Spotify Podcast Playlists on Women’s Health Foundations and Nutrition. And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  May contain affiliate links
February 22, 2022
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Sexual Wellness You Deserve | Dr. Lyndsey Harper

Dr. Lyndsey Harper is a Board Certified Ob/Gyn, Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn for Texas A&M COM, a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health. Dr. Harper is the founder and CEO of Rosy, a women’s health technology company that connects women who have sexual health concerns with hope, community, and research-backed solutions. She has been named Forbes Top 53 Women Disrupting Healthcare, People Newspapers’ 20 Under 40, a Top Innovator in North Texas for 2020 and a DBJ Top Woman in Tech.  She speaks about the following: What sexual health and wellness is The shocking things your OB GYN knows and doesn’t know about sexual health How Rosy is educating women and their doctors How to improve your sexual health, including when things like cancer, infertility, menopause, stress impact it What “erotica as a prescription” means Recommended resources and how they can help you, including Rosy and its classes “There isn’t anything that doesn’t cover sexual health.”  - Dr. Lyndsey Harper Prefer to read the podcast? Click here. If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Spotify Playlists: Sex Ed Recommended products for Sexual Health, including books referenced in the episode And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast on your favorite player and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  May contain affiliate links
February 15, 2022
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Cancer & Preserving your Fertility | Joyce Reinecke

Joyce Reinecke is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, a national nonprofit organization focused on all aspects of fertility preservation for cancer patients. Joyce is a long-term survivor of leiomyosarcoma who opted for embryo freezing and surrogacy to create her family. Her personal oncofertility journey informs her professional focus and her commitment as a patient advocate. Prior to her work at Fertile Hope, Joyce was a trademark attorney in Seattle, WA. She has a law degree from Fordham University, and a B.A. from Occidental College. Joyce currently lives in Lafayette, CA with her husband, John, and their twin daughters, Alexandra and Olivia. She speaks about the following: Can you get pregnant if you have cancer Chemotherapy and fertility Radiation and fertility How to determine whether fertility preservation is right for you How fertility preservation works for cancer patients How to handle the timing of cancer treatments and fertility preservation Fertility preservation in childhood cancer If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Resolve: The National Infertility Association Spotify Playlists: Female-Related Cancer and Fertility Fempower Health Recommended products for Fertility And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. More about Joyce Prior to joining the AFP, Joyce was a Cancer & Fertility Advisor for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the Vice President of Programs for Fertile Hope. She is a recognized leader in the field of fertility preservation who has been a featured speaker at numerous professional conferences, including ASCO, ASRM, ONS, the Oncofertility Consortium Conference, as well as serving as guest faculty for health policy graduate courses at UCSD and Northwestern. She is a co-author of the 2018 update of ASCO’s fertility guidelines, and several other publications.    **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.
February 8, 2022
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Cancer & Your Sexual Health | Dr. Kristin Rojas

Dr. Kristin E. Rojas, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a fellowship-trained breast cancer surgeon with a passion for comprehensive wellness in women’s cancer care. She is a national leader in the development of opioid-sparing initiatives in breast cancer surgery and her research focuses on addressing the sexual side effects of cancer treatment and identifying disparities in patient-reported outcomes among Hispanic women with breast cancer. She speaks about the following: Navigating the healthcare system effectively as a cancer patient Specific solutions to minimize the impact on your sexual health Common sexual health side effects & symptoms you may experience as a result of cancer treatments and solutions for each Differences between moisturizer and lube, when to use each, and what type to use especially if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Dr. Rojas’ MUSIC (Menopause Eurogenital Sexual Health and Intimacy Clinic) Program Dr. Kristin Rojas on YouTube Dr Rojas Recommended Vaginal Moisturizers and Lube: Revaree, Good Clean Love’s Bionourish, HYALO GYN and Uberlube. The Ohnut: Use code Fempower7 for $7 off Sexual Health Products recommended by experts, including Dr Rojas. We Are Women’s Health Spotify Playlists: Female-Related Cancer and Sex Ed Fempower Health Recommended Products for Thyroid Disease And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   **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.  Contains affiliate links
February 1, 2022
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Managing Thyroid Disease: What are the Missing Pieces to Your Jigsaw Puzzle?

The World Health Organization estimates that over 750 million people suffer from some sort of thyroid condition yet about 60% go undiagnosed. Rachel Hill is a highly ranked and multi award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. She speaks about the following: Her story, including why and how she became such an influential advocate What she means by “the thyroid jigsaw puzzle” Examples of how you can find the right pieces to your own “thyroid jigsaw puzzle” Important details about advocating for and understanding your lab results What the spoon theory is and how is can help transform how you speak with others about your condition How to navigate the common feeling of isolation Motivating tips on living your life to the fullest If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify! Interested in reading the podcast? Check out the transcript. Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Rachel’s Website, Newsletters, Facebook Page & Instagram Rachel’s Books: You, Me and Hypothyroidism: When Someone You Love Has Hypothyroidism & Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired Spotify Playlist: Thyroid Disease Episode: Could your Unresolved Symptoms be a Thyroid Condition? Episode: Thyroid Disease: You’re Not Alone Fempower Health Recommended Products for Thyroid Disease Sponsors: ReceptivaDx - use FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off Mymee And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.   More About Rachel Hill Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence.  **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.  Contains affiliate links
January 25, 2022
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What's Coming Season 3 on Fempower Health

Welcome to Season 3 of the Fempower Health Podcast, empowering women to be the CEO of their health. My women’s health expert guests and I have a lot in store this season. Example topics include: A Unique View on Optimizing Hormone Balance Why the Vagine Does What it Does Exercise as a Prescription Managing your Thyroid Disease from an Advocate Like No Other How Cancer Can Impact your Sexual Health Getting in Touch with your Sexiest Self Fertility Preservation Thank you to experts Rachel Hill, Dr. Nicole Williams, Dr. Kristin Rojas, Dr. Shawn Tassone, Dr. Lyndsey Harper, Dr. Amy Price Hoover, and Rachel Katzman for making this trailer one of the best yet. I can’t wait for your content to be published. If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes or Spotify.  All episodes are organized as Spotify playlists. And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast.
January 18, 2022
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LISTEN AGAIN: Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition? | Denise Roguz

It's Thyroid Awareness Month. Whether you know you have a thyroid condition or have symptoms you can't seem to find the right answers to resolve them, this episode is for you. Denise Roguz is the co-founder, owner, and operator of ThyroidChange.  It is a collaborative network, health information website, and social media campaign. It unites an international community of medical professionals and patients under the same innovative vision: patients need personalized thyroid care for optimal wellness. Her passion stemming from her own 17 years journey to get diagnosed and treated for her condition shines through in this episode which promises to open your eyes, educate you, and empower you on your journey. "TSH is not the only test. It's one piece of the puzzle of maybe how or why your thyroid is working, but it's not the only one. So the question is, how do I know how my doctor is interpreting the labs?" - Denise Roguz In this episode we cover: Why thyroid conditions are hard to diagnose What tests your doctor should order - it's more than TSH Types of thyroid conditions What to expect once you are diagnosed If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Check out my episode with Victoria Gasparini - Thyroid Disease:  You’re Not Alone. As mentioned on the podcast: Talk to your doctor printable PDF Dr Wayne Jonas' How Healing Works Dr Lara Briden's Period Repair Manual Podcast episode with Dr Lora Shahine, author of Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Sponsors: Let's Get Checked use FEMPOWER30 for 30% off Thorne Health Tech  - click link for 15% off And be sure to..... Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which also had books on thyroid disease. **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.  Contains affiliate links
January 11, 2022
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LISTEN AGAIN: Dispelling Myths about Your Menstrual Cycle | Amy Divaraniya

Until recently, it was thought a normal cycle for women was 28 days.  While data now shows this is not the case, innovative tools continue to be developed to better understand what is "normal" for a given woman.  Dr Amy Divaraniya, the CEO and co-founder of OOVA speaks with Fempower Health. In this episode, Amy covers: Myths about women's menstrual cycles, including “28 days is normal” Surprising information OOVA is uncovering about women's cycles, including better understanding when you ovulate Why LH is not the only important hormone for fertility What women can do to better understand their personal “normal” cycle If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!  And check out other fertility-related episodes on the Fertility Spotify Playlist. Referenced in the podcast: Use Code Fempower10 for 10% off - Click here to purchase OOVA PROMISE trial Not Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr Lora Shahine Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Related episodes Ovulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your Fertility Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Ovulation & the Role of Progesterone Metabolite Optimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive Treatments Tracking your Hormones Transforming Male Fertility And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. More About Dr Amy Divaraniya Dr. Amy Divaraniya is the CEO and Co-Founder of OOVA, a women’s health company. She has more than 10 years of experience as a data scientist and has both led and published original research in the areas of personal genomics and biomarker discovery.  In 2017, Dr. Divaraniya chose to pivot her career as a data scientist and devote herself to improving women’s healthcare. After facing her own struggles with conceiving her son, Dr. Divaraniya decided to build a solution to help women having difficulty getting pregnant. Today, her and her team have built the first at home test, OOVA, that measures multiple hormones through urine samples and provides personalized results and insights on a woman’s fertility. As a response to COVID-19, OOVA has done an early product release, which has resonated with many women and clinicians and is now being adopted by fertility clinics and hospitals across the country. **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.  Contains affiliate links
January 4, 2022
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LISTEN AGAIN: A Woman's Guide to Intermittent Fasting by Life Phase | Dr. Mindy Pelz

The New Year is around the corner and many may consider various diets, so I thought it a perfect time to bring back one of my top most downloaded episodes. Dr. Mindy Pelz, D.C speaks about how women should incorporate intermittent fasting based on where they are in their cycle and over their lifespan of reproductive years, perimenopause, and menopause.   Dr. Mindy is a best selling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional medicine expert who has spent over two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health.  In this episode, Dr Mindy covers: What intermittent fasting is Benefits of intermittent fasting How a woman should fast in her reproductive years vs. perimenopause vs. menopause Her thoughts on drinking ketones If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: The Menopause Reset by Dr Mindy Pelz Hormone Repair Manual by Dr Lara Briden New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Article on the Science Behind Intermittent Fasting Spotify Playlist: Perimenopause/Menopause Spotify Playlist: Nutrition And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Let's Get Checked use FEMPOWER30 for 30% off Thorne Health Tech  - click link for 15% off More About Dr Mindy Pelz Dr. Mindy Pelz, D.C is a best selling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional medicine expert who has spent over two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health. She is a recognized leader in the alternative health field and a pioneer in the fasting movement, teaching the principles of a fasting lifestyle, diet variation, detox, hormones, and more. Her popular YouTube channel combines the latest science with practical lifestyle tools every person can use to reset their health. She is the host of one of the leading science podcasts, The Resetter Podcast, and the author of three best-selling books; The Menopause Reset, The Reset Factor, and The Reset Kitchen.   **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.  Contains affiliate links
December 28, 2021
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LISTEN AGAIN: Pain with Sex? What You Can Do About It | Dr. Jill Krapf

Painful sex is not something women should have to suffer though.  Yet women struggle to find answers and/or grin and bear it for a variety of reasons.Dr. Jill Krapf, a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, specializes in female sexual pain disorders at The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders.  Her deep knowledge on the topic and passion for helping women certainly comes through in this episode.Dr. Krapf shares: Foundations of female anatomy Symptoms related to pain with sex Four main causes for pain with sex and typical treatments for each How you can find support If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!Check out the following previous episodes referenced: Spotify Playlist Sexual Health Spotify Playlist Pelvic Floor Corey Hazama | Pelvic Floor PT and Pain Dr. Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehab Can Help you in Surprising Ways And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Let's Get Checked - 30% off with FEMPOWER30 Dadikit - use FEMPOWER25 for $25 off More About Dr Jill Krapf, MD MEd FACOG IF Dr. Jill Krapf is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist specializing in female sexual pain disorders at The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C.   She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University. Dr. Krapf is active in research and has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on vulvodynia and vulvar lichen sclerosus.  She is Associate Editor for the medical journal Sexual Medicine, as well as for the textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders, 2nd Edition.  She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), serving on the Education Committee and the Social Media Committee.  She shares educational content on her Instagram page @jillkrapfmd.
December 21, 2021
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LISTEN AGAIN: Surprising Tips for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum | Dr Holly Cummings

Have you ever wondered how guidelines are set for the care that you should receive by your doctor during your pregnancy at childbirth, and then after you deliver your child? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, otherwise known as ACOG, do set those guidelines, and they recently updated the information on their seventh edition book that you can find on Amazon, Your Pregnancy and Childbirth.  I interviewed OB GYN Dr. Holly Cummings, a Assistant Profession of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at U Penn, who answers some of the questions around some of the surprising guidelines and how they came about and the role that women should play to ensure that they have a successful and healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. We cover: Updates to when your first postpartum visit should be Supplementation required when breastfeeding Pitocin versus natural ways to induce How to avoid prolapse and incontinence Folic acid vs. methylated folate Healthcare disparities If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Resources: Your Pregnancy and Childbirth book Abstract on Dates for Natural Induction Trial about induction:  ARRIVE Trial Spotify Playlist:  Pregnancy Spotify Playlist:  Pelvic Floor Episode:  Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain Episode:  How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Ways Episode: Incontinence:  It's Not Just You And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Let's Get Checked use FEMPOWER30 for 30% off Thorne Health Tech  - click link for 15% off More about ACOGACOG is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, comprised of over 60,000 members. For more than 60 years, ACOG has written the medical guidelines that obstetricians-gynecologists and other medical professionals use when caring for women. “Your Pregnancy and Childbirth” is unlike anything else on the market, with recommendations supported by ACOG’s clinical guidance and the everyday experiences of obstetricians-gynecologists who have cared for millions of pregnant women. **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. Contains affiliate links.
December 14, 2021
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LISTEN AGAIN: Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Dr. Lora Shahine, a reproductive endocrinologist practices out of Pacific NW Fertility and authored Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss  Dr Shahine addresses: How guidelines influence the care women receive and why that varies doctor to doctor The controversy over the role progesterone in maintaining a healthy pregnancy The prevalence of miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)  What women can and should do to find answers  If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss PROMISE Trial NICE Guidelines on Progesterone and Miscarriage OOVA - 10% off with FEMPOWER10 Let's Get Checked - 30% off with FEMPOWER30 And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. **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.  Contains affiliate links
December 7, 2021
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Bloopers from Season 2

Season 2 of the Fempower Health podcast covered topics ranging from thyroid disease, celiac disease, cancer, menopause, sex, pregnancy, pelvic floor, and more.  Thank you to my guests and listeners.  Enjoy these fun bloopers.
November 30, 2021
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LISTEN AGAIN: Men's Sexual Health: Minimizing Shame & Offering Solutions | Dr Paul Gittens

With the success of the recent episode on orgasm with Dr Rachel Rubin, I wanted to bring back another important topic - men's sexual health.This episode is an interview with Dr. Paul Gittens, a leading specialist in sexual function for men and women. He discusses the challenges men face to even get to a doctor, much less receive treatment. The cultural norms of men just "toughing it out" or not complaining have undercut their willingness to pursue the right care.Dr. Gittens also covers: Erectile difficulties Low libido Psychological components Recommended/proven therapies and treatment options, including non-medicinal approaches Male infertility and the hope of treatment "Men’s health is such a big topic. It starts when boys are young. It’s important that we instill in our young boys that we don’t have to be the tough guys. If something’s wrong, they need to talk about it. We also need to educate older men as well. By doing that, men’s health will improve." Dr. Paul GittensRelated episodes: Transforming Male Fertility Pain with Sex?  What you can Do About It Your Orgasm Questions Answered Optimizing your Fertility:  What you can do before Expensive Treatments Looking for more help?  Try the Sexual Medicine Society.And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Dadikit - provide code FEMPOWER25 for $25 off. ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **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. Contains Affiliate Links
November 22, 2021
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Prolapse: A Crash Course | Corey Hazama

Corey Hazama, a pelvic floor physical therapist and co-owner of Beyond Basics in New York City.  She is a natural teacher and expert on the pelvic floor. With our previous episode together being in the top 5 most downloaded, we are lucky to have her back! In this episode, Corey covers: What a prolapse is and potential causes & risk factors Who needs to be proactive and how to do that How to test yourself at home for a possible prolapse Realistic improvements with pelvic floor physical therapy Whether the at home kegel devices will work for you What to do if kegels aren’t working If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Interested in learning more about the pelvic floor?  Catch up on these episodes. How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help you In Surprising Ways Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy & Pain Incontinence:  It’s Not Just You Restoring your Core Due to Abdominal Separation And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: LetsGetChecked - use FEMPOWER30 for 30% off. ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **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.  Contains affiliate links
November 15, 2021
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Your Orgasm Questions Answered | Dr. Rachel Rubin

Dr. Rachel Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is one of only a handful of physicians fellowship trained in male and female sexual medicine. Dr. Rubin is a clinician, researcher, and vocal educator in the field of sexual medicine.  In this episode, Dr. Rubin covers: What an orgasm actually is and whether you can have one without knowing it Why we need to redefine foreplay, intercourse, and satisfaction How anatomy differences between sexes impact your experience How porn taught us ALL.THE.WRONG.THINGS Answers to your questions about headache, squirting, and your “struggles” in the bedroom ….and most importantly - why YOU.ARE.NOT.BROKEN If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Contact Dr Rubin:  @DrRachelRubin on social media and RachelRubinMD.com Find a Doctor Page ISSWSH Dipsea app Rosy app Article:  A Simple Hip Operation Damaged my Nerves and Ruined by Sex Life And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Share this post with 2-3 of your friends. Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: LetsGetChecked - use FEMPOWER30 for 30% off. ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about Dr Rachel Rubin Dr Rubin is an assistant clinical professor of Urology at Georgetown University and works in a private practice in Washington DC.  She completed her medical and undergraduate training at Tufts University, her urology training at Georgetown University, and her fellowship training under Dr. Irwin Goldstein in San Diego. In addition to being education chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), she also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal Sexual Medicine Reviews. **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.  Contains affiliate links
November 8, 2021
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How to Recover from (& Prevent) Burnout | Dr. Renee Wellenstein

Dr. Renee Wellenstein is a double board certified doctor who has been working with women for over 20 years and due to her own personal health challenges, she stepped outside the box of conventional medicine to take a radically different approach to heal herself from the deep depths of burnout.  In this episode, Dr Renee covers: Phases of burnout and how to recognize where you might be  “Controversy” over the term adrenal fatigue Why preventing and recovering from burnout is simple but not easy Practical ways to prevent and recover from burnout If you liked this episode please leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Dr Renee’s The Real Heal Podcast on iTunes & Spotify Episode:  Supplements - Which to Take, How Much, and How Often with Suzanne Munson  Four Sigmatic Thorne Supplements and Health Tests.  Use this link for 15% off. And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Thorne Supplements and Health Tests.  Use this link for 15% off. ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about Dr. Renee About a decade ago, Dr. Renee was living what  she thought was her dream life. One day in May 2012, Dr. Renee fell off of her horse during a riding lesson and broke her back. She not only  struggled with severe back pain, but with fatigue and the inability to focus. Her doctor diagnosed her with depression, but her symptoms  did not improve after trying two different antidepressants.  Two years after her injury, Dr. Renee was still struggling with unexplained symptoms. After exhausting all of her options in the conventional  healthcare system, she was put in contact with a doctor who was an “anti-aging” practitioner. She finally received the appropriate diagnosis, her symptoms resolved and she got back on her feet and joined the world of functional medicine. In August 2019, Dr. Renee started Kaspira  Elite Health Consulting, LLC. Now Dr. Renee empowers women to take control of their health, jumpstart their energy, improve their confidence, and reignite their libido!  **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.  Contains affiliate links
November 1, 2021
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Progesterone vs. Estrogen | Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Until recently, all we ever heard about was the power of estrogen (good or bad).  We now know both are incredibly critical.  Dr. Jerilynn Prior, of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR), is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia, with 40 years experience in women’s health.   In this episode, Dr. Prior covers: The role of estrogen and progesterone in bone health, breast and endometrial cancer risk, fertility, weight, and heart health Why hormone balance is important regardless of whether you want to get pregnant The confusion over whether and how stress impacts our reproductive health Why it is hard for women to be aware of some of this research Signup for the CeMCOR Newsletter & learn facts about how your body changes over life phases. If you liked this episode please review on iTunes & share with 2-3 friends. Recommended Books: Period Repair Manual Hormone Repair Manual Sex Matters Related Podcast Episodes: Hormone Repair after 40 Sex Matters in Healthcare:  What Women Need to Know and Do About It The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram  Shop the Fempower Health store Sponsors: OOVA - use code FEMPOWER10 for 10% off  ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **The information shared by Fempower Health is for information only and is not medical advice.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions.  Contains affiliate links About Dr. Jerilynn Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC investigates women’s menstrual cycles, ovulatory disturbances within regular cycles with osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer and endometrial cancer risks. She also studies the hormonal and experience changes in perimenopause and treatment of perimenopausal and menopausal hot flushes with progesterone.  She is the 2019 recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Aubrey J. Tingle Prize awarded to a “BC clinician scientist whose work in health research is internationally recognized”. She is Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR, since 2002) with its website (www.cemcor.ca) providing practical evidence-based information through a mean of 3,000 page-views/day.  She has led the British Columbia Centre of the population-based Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) since 1994. In addition to authoring over 200 peer-reviewed papers (H Index 65), Dr. Prior is the author of the award-winning book, Estrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause (2005, 2nd ed. 2018), a novel written to inform/empower women with perimenopause information.
October 25, 2021
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LISTEN AGAIN: Hormone Repair after 40 | Dr Lara Briden

Dr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and author of the bestselling books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual. She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems. With this being the #1 most downloaded episode and Menopause Awareness Month, I wanted to share it again! In this episode, Dr Briden covers: Stages of perimenopause and menopause Truths about HRT and why they are no longer called that Symptoms women tend to fear and solutions for each Why women can and should embrace this stage of life If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Period Repair Manual Hormone Repair Manual Dr Carissa | Managing Menopause Symptoms Jenn Salib-Huber | Perimenopause & Menopause Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance Supplements and Over-the-counter products can be found in the Fempower Health store And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Embr - use code HOTFLASH25 for $25 off through October 31, 2021. ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2. Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **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.  Contains affiliate links
October 18, 2021
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Extreme PMS Symptoms: Are they Normal? | Laura Murphy of IAPMD

Laura Murphy is the Director of Education & Awareness at the International Association of Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD), which offers  a lifeline of support, information, and resources for women and AFAB individuals with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Exacerbation (PME). Laura and I answer the following questions: What is PMDD? What triggers PMDD and who gets PMDD? How can you find the right doctor and get properly diagnosed? What are the treatment options? Related Episodes Your Period:  What your Doctor Never Told You Resources Vicious Cycle General PMDD Information Take the PMDD Self Screen Test How to Get Properly Diagnosed with PMDD PMDD Treatment Options If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Let'sGetChecked - use code FEMPOWER30 for 30% off **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.  Contains affiliate links
October 11, 2021
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Escape Diet Cult-ure and Still Get What You Want | Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber

Jenn Salib-Huber is  Dietitian and Naturopathic Doctor, and she's on a mission to help women find food and body joy in midlife. In this episode,  we discuss: Why 95% of diets fail and the rationale for why we keep trying them What intuitive eating and un-dieting your life means How to handle that uncomfortable feeling when it seems everyone else is succeeding but you Why you should feel hopeful the diet cycle can end today Discounts & Resources Beyond the Scale: 6-week group program helping women "undiet" their lives after 40  The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Peri/Menopause: online, self-study program Hormone Repair After 40 book The Menopause Manifesto book Hormone Intelligence: The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body's Natural Blueprint for Well-Being Related Episodes Hormone Repair after 40 with Dr Lara Briden A Woman's Guide to Intermittent Fasting with Dr Mindy Pelz Perimenopause & Menopause:  The Natural Approach with Dr Jenn Salib Huber Managing Menopause Symptoms with Dr Carissa If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. OOVA.Get 10% off using code FEMPOWER10 **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.  Contains affiliate links
October 4, 2021
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Transforming Peri/Menopause Symptom Management | Dr. Alicia Jackson

Dr. Alicia Jackson is the CEO and founder of Evernow - a next-gen telemedicine company focused on menopause. Dr. Jackson has a long track record of bringing to life technological advances to solve pressing challenges facing people across the globe. She is a PhD graduate of MIT, served as a policy staffer for the US Senate Energy Committee, and was the Deputy Director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA, the Pentagon’s principal engine for disruptive innovation. In this episode,  Dr Jackson shares results from the survey of 70,000 women in peri/menopause and discusses how Evernow is leveraging this data to support women in perimenopause or who experienced menopause through telehealth.  We discuss: Why it is often challenging to get answers from your doctor Predictors for symptom severity (e.g., hot flashes) Why hormonal blood work may not be as helpful as you would think The one thing you should be prepared for if you need a hysterectomy Medications vs. supplements Related Episodes Hormone Repair after 40 with Dr Lara Briden A Woman's Guide to Intermittent Fasting with Dr Mindy Pelz Perimenopause & Menopause:  The Natural Approach with Dr Jenn Salib Huber Managing Menopause Symptoms with Dr Carissa Discounts & Resources 30% off LetsGetChecked with code FEMPOWER30 Hormone Repair After 40  The Menopause Manifesto Hormone Intelligence: The Complete Guide to Calming Hormone Chaos and Restoring Your Body's Natural Blueprint for Well-Being If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off.**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.  Contains affiliate links
September 27, 2021
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Autoimmune Disease: An Innovative Approach to Healing | Mette Dyhrberg

Mette Dyhrberg, the CEO and Founder of Mymee, is an economist turned diagnostician, who took matters into her own hands, hacked her own health and soon began helping others do the same.  Mymee developed a digital approach to managing autoimmune diseases, like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Crohn’s, that will transform the way autoimmunity is treated.  In this episode,  Mette covers: How Mymee helps those with autoimmune disease Examples, including her own story, of how Mymee relieves the symptoms associated with autoimmune disease Why those who go through the Mymee program have an over 95% completion rate Resources How Healing Works by Dr Wayne Jonas The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa Autoimmune Registry If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **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.  Contains affiliate links
September 20, 2021
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What to do about those Migraines! | Dr Christine Lay & Nim Lalvani

The American Migraine Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of research and awareness surrounding migraine, a disabling condition that impacts more than 39 million men, women and children in the United States.  In this episode, Dr. Christine Lay & Nim Lalvani cover: Challenges with getting diagnosed with migraine given the dynamics of our healthcare system How to get properly diagnosed and tools to help you do just that Impact of migraines on individuals and loved ones How to manage migraines including available treatments Related Episodes How to Talk to Your Doctor Resources Download the American Migraine Foundation’s patient tools Sign up for the World Migraine Summit About the American Headache Society If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. About my Guests Dr. Christine Lay is a professor of neurology at the University of Toronto where she holds the Deborah Ivey Christiani Brill Chair in Neurology and she is the founding director of the Centre for Headache at Women’s College Hospital. As someone who has had migraine most of her life, Dr. Lay understands firsthand the disability of this common brain disorder. She advocate for her patients and educates trainees and colleagues to better understand and treat migraine. In her position as a board member of the American Headache Society and the Canadian Headache Society, she works tirelessly on a clinical and research level to improve patient care and lessen migraine stigma. She is excited to be part of the American Migraine Foundation and work with AMF leaders to move against migraine. Nim Lalvani has worked in patient engagement, patient programming and patient advocacy for over 12 years. She has held leadership positions at organizations including the National Kidney Foundation, Younger Survival Coalition and New York State Health Foundation. As director of the American Migraine Foundation, she plans to fully commit to the needs of patients affected by migraine and ensure that they have access to support, resources and research that will empower them throughout their patient journey. **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.  Contains affiliate links.
September 13, 2021
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Preview: Episodes Coming This Fall

I'm excited to bring to you the remainder of Season 2, which resumes September 13.  I've learned a lot about what you like and what we like.  We've got some ambitious new episodes ahead, so check out this short preview.I  cover the following topics: Migraine PMDD Hormones Tracking Hormones vs Temperature Orgasm Diet Culture Burnout Transformative Way to Treat Chronic Conditions ….and more! If you liked this podcast and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!I'd like to thank ReceptivaDx for sponsoring all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast. Check out the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. **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.  
September 6, 2021
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Surprising Tips for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum | Dr. Holly Cummings

Have you ever wondered how guidelines are set for the care that you should receive by your doctor during your pregnancy at childbirth, and then after you deliver your child? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, otherwise known as ACOG, do set those guidelines, and they recently updated the information on their seventh edition book that you can find on Amazon, Your Pregnancy and Childbirth.  I interviewed OB GYN Dr. Holly Cummings, a Assistant Profession of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at U Penn, who answers some of the questions around some of the surprising guidelines and how they came about and the role that women should play to ensure that they have a successful and healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. We cover: Updates to when your first postpartum visit should be Supplementation required when breastfeeding Pitocin versus natural ways to induce How to avoid prolapse and incontinence Folic acid vs. methylated folate Healthcare disparities If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Resources: Your Pregnancy and Childbirth book Abstract on Dates for Natural Induction Trial about induction:  ARRIVE Trial Episode:  Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain Episode:  How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Ways Episode: Incontinence:  It's Not Just You And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Help researchers understand PCOS, which has polycystic ovarian syndrome, to improve the diagnosis and care for you and other women. If you're interested, contact [email protected] for more details.  ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about ACOGACOG is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, comprised of over 60,000 members. For more than 60 years, ACOG has written the medical guidelines that obstetricians-gynecologists and other medical professionals use when caring for women. “Your Pregnancy and Childbirth” is unlike anything else on the market, with recommendations supported by ACOG’s clinical guidance and the everyday experiences of obstetricians-gynecologists who have cared for millions of pregnant women. **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. Contains affiliate links.
June 28, 2021
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Why Women Should Sweat in Sync with their Cycle | Jenni Hulburt

Jenni Hulburt, the founder of WILD Wellness, speaks about the value women can gain with adjusting their workouts to align with where they are in their menstrual cycle.    Jenni shares: Recommendations for how women should vary their workouts throughout their menstrual cycle Jenni's story and her personal workout regimen Tips for how to get to know what your body needs If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Resources: FITR Woman App Achieving Optimal Wellness Through Nutrition Your Period: What Your Doctor Never Told You The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: Help researchers understand PCOS, which has polycystic ovarian syndrome, to improve the diagnosis and care for you and other women. If you're interested, contact [email protected] for more details.  ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about Jenni HulburtJenni Hulburt, M.S., is the Founder of WILD Wellness and the Owner of Forest & Flowers Retreat — a wellness retreat house rental on 50 wooded acres in Western Pennsylvania.  Her work is all about offering experiences that connect you with nature for your well-being.  She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology, and teaches women how to “sweat in sync with their cycle” with workouts and online fitness programs that are part cyclical, seasonal, sweaty, and soulful.  Jenni believes you can reach your goals without sacrificing your well-being as you seek to embody what nature has always modeled – it’s not a sprint, but a cycle.  From her teachings on essential oils and mentoring a growing doTERRA community exploring plant allies for nature-inspired health, to growing flowers and creating experiences at the Forest & Flowers Retreat — she’s all about inspiring you to live more in sync with nature, and to take care of your body so you can live this one WILD life.**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. Contains affiliate links.
June 21, 2021
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CBD: Fad or Fact | Chloe Weber

Chloe Weber is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist recently finishing her doctorate.  She was inspired to create Radical Roots Herbs both because of her direct experience with rare conditions for both her and her son, Remy. In this episode, Chloe shares: The science behind CBD What CBD can be used for  How to determine whether a CBD product is high quality If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! DISCOUNT ALERT:   Radical Roots will give 40% off for veterans, low-income, anyone with a disability and their caregiver. Email [email protected]  Fempower Health listeners get 20% off using the code FEMPOWER20 Resources: Meta-analysis referred to in the episode:  Potential Clinical Benefits of CBD-Rich Cannabis Extracts Over Purified CBD in Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Observational Data Meta-analysis Brene Brown and Simon Sinek episode on Developing and Infinite Mindset And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsor: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about Chloe WeberChloe Weber is the founder and CEO of Radical Roots Herbs. Her life’s work is all about businesses that enable common folks to achieve healthier daily lives. Chloe’s also known to enable and empower those around her to succeed.  The secret to her success is the subtle art of giving a fuck. What else would one do with those close calls in life? Studying East Asian medicine was driven by overcoming cutaneous leishmaniasis, an uncommon parasitic disease.  When her son, Remy was diagnosed with STXBP1, a genetic disorder so rare that there’s no other name for it other than the gene that’s affected, Chloe founded a company to make Remy’s personal formula available to all and started a resource website and podcast to help other families. Chloe continues to create herbal formulas for all the people she’s met and still have yet to meet. She simply cares that medicine should be effective and accessible. Chloe’s making wins and fails for the memoir of her life. Along the way, she’s been invited to share her thoughts on health and medicine at large.
June 14, 2021
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A 6-week Plan to Fix Your Period | Nicole Jardim

Nicole Jardim, a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormone health. In this episode, Nicole shares: Why the medical system makes it a challenge for women to get the support they need A plan for women to optimize their cycles and minimize symptoms If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! GIVEAWAY:  Sign up to enter drawing for a FREE copy of Nicole's book, Fix Your Period. Resources Fix Your Period by Nicole Jardim The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr Sara Gottfried PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track by Dr Felice Gersh PCOS SOS by Dr Felice Gersh  Body Belief by Aimee Raupp Related Episodes It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of Epigenetics Thyroid Disease:  You’re Not Alone Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition? Achieving Optimal Wellness Through Nutrition The Birth Control Controversy: The Period Expert Perspective And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsor: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More about Nicole JardimNicole's Fix Your Period program empowers women to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines evidence-based information with simplicity and sass. Her work has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of women around the world in effectively addressing a wide variety of period problems, including PMS, irregular periods, PCOS, painful & heavy periods, missing periods and many more. Nicole is the author of Fix Your Period: 6 Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance, and the co-author of The Happy Balance, a recipe book filled with over 80 hormone balancing recipes. Finally, she’s the co-host of The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes—be sure to tune into that if you want to learn more about how to fix your period—and has been called on as a women’s health expert for sites such as The Guardian, Well+Good, mindbodygreen.
June 7, 2021
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Thyroid Disease: You're Not Alone | Victoria Gasparini

According to the American Thyroid Association, over 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. However, up to 60 percent of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.Victoria Gasparini, founder of The Butterfly Effect Blog, which began as a result of her own thyroid condition, shares her story and covers the following: Learnings she gleaned from the patients she has connected through her blog which would benefit both patients and the medical community alike Realistic suggestions for how to manage thyroid disease in the short term and over your lifetime Tips for knowing what information to trust online Related Episodes Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition? Resources The Butterfly Effect Blog The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. About Victoria Gasparini Victoria is a naturopathic medical student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, as well as a patient advocate for thyroid and autoimmune disease. She is the founder of The Butterfly Effect Blog and instagram, @thefedupthyroid, where she is dedicated to providing research and patient-patient advice on healing and dealing with thyroid disease.  **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.  Contains affiliate links.
May 31, 2021
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Preventing the Preventable During Pregnancy | Dr Joanne Stone

Recent data shows 20-50% of maternal mortality cases are preventable.  Dr Joanne Stone, a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialist, speaks about how moms-to-be can prevent the preventable during pregnancy.Dr. Joanne Stone is a well-known expert in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and serves as the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division Director for the Mount Sinai Health System. She also is the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director and Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion within her department. In this episode,  Dr Stone  covers: Tips any woman considering pregnancy should listen to Specific conditions that are preventable and how moms-to-be can be proactive The importance of advocacy Related Episodes A Postpartum Doula: Why It's the Best Gift for New Families Restoring Your Core due to Abdominal Separation Breastfeeding: Optimizing your Success and Minimizing Shame Resources Preeclampsia Criteria from American College of OB GYN Not Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr Joanne Stone Dr. Stone’s clinical interests are in multiple gestations, prenatal diagnosis, and invasive fetal procedures. Her research interests span the gamut of multifetal pregnancies, labor induction, and ultrasound. She has a busy consultative and clinical practice, as well as being active in teaching and research. Dr. Stone serves on the executive committees of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is the co-author of the books Pregnancy for Dummies and The Pregnancy Bible.  She has been named a Castle Connolly/New York Magazine Top Doctor and a New York Times Magazine Super Doctor for the past several years. Dr. Stone completed her residency and fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and continued on as full time faculty.  **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.  Contains affiliate links.
May 24, 2021
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Happy 1st Anniversary Fempower Health: Outtakes

Celebrating the one year anniversary of the Fempower Health Podcast.  Enjoy the outtakes.  We certainly have a lot of fun behind the scenes!
May 18, 2021
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A Postpartum Doula: Why It's the Best Gift for New Families | Kelly Rutan

Kelly Rutan is a certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula with over six years of experience supporting families as they transition into parenthood.  In this episode,  Kelly  covers: What a postpartum doula does How this role adds value to new and growing families How to find a qualified individual Related Episodes Breastfeeding: Optimizing your Success and Minimizing Shame Restoring your Core due to Abdominal Separation Resources The Birth Partner  The Fourth Trimester If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Kelly Rutan Prior to her career as a doula, Kelly spent years as a workaholic litigation attorney, trying (and often failing) to balance the demands of a busy career with a fulfilling family life. After surviving her own anxious and lonely postpartum experiences, Kelly was convinced that new mothers deserved more. Through her work as a postpartum doula, she provides hands-on help and education, as well as uplifting, emotional support to new parents as they navigate one of the most exhausting and overwhelming times of their lives. Today, Kelly lives in Cary, North Carolina and is the co-owner of a busy doula agency, Doulas of Raleigh. She is also a trainer for the training and certifying organization, ProDoula, and has trained hundreds of new Postpartum & Infant Care Doulas. She is passionate about providing nonjudgmental support to new families and spreading the word far and wide about what postpartum doulas really do. **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.  Contains affiliate links.
May 17, 2021
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Restoring Your Core due to Abdominal Separation | Carrie Koziol

Carrie Koziol is a Women’s Health Physical Therapist, Pilates Specialist, DRA Trainer, and Puberty/Perimenopause Coach passionate about educating vagina owners about their body whether they are in puberty or perimenopause.  In this episode, Carrie speaks about diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA), which is a separation of the left and right side of the abdominal muscles impacting pregnant women, older women, babies, and men. In this episode,  Carrie  covers: Causes of DRA and other conditions that may come with it How to prevent and treat DRA including precautions about surgery & the types of kegels you do How a women's health PT can help (and when it is time for surgery)  What you can do if you can't afford a women's health PT Related Episodes How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Ways Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain Resources Pelvic Pain Explained:  What you Need to Know If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Carrie KoziolCarrie’s passion is empowering and educating women about their bodies. She specializes in tackling “taboo” topics with a blend of humor, expertise, and practical tips that women are able to use right away to start moving their bodies better. A Women’s Health Physical Therapist and experienced speaker, she has spoken in front of large audiences like MommyCon Chicago and more intimate settings in living rooms across the state, delivering messages to remind women that their bodies are temples and should be celebrated for all they are capable of doing!!!  She is a mother of three who understands what it is like to juggle motherhood, run a household, and manage a career while striving to remain fit and well. She is excited to share simple ways to infuse more nutritional movement into your daily lives without adding extra stress. **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. Contains affiliate links.
May 10, 2021
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Why Women Must Be Aware of Celiac Disease and Myths & Facts Around Gluten | Alice Bast

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune condition, which impacts 1 in 133 Americans, where 60% are women.  It is estimated that up to 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions, and it takes 6-10 years for diagnosis. In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, in this episode,  Alice Bast, Founder & CEO of Beyond Celiac covers: What celiac disease is, proper diagnosis, and its impact on many women's health conditions Myths and facts about a gluten-free diet The difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity Related Episodes Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition? Could Unexplained Infertility Finally be Explained with this Test? Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Resources Celiac Disease and Women's Health Celiac Disease, fertility and pregnancy Celiac Disease Testing and Diagnosis in Women Symptoms checklist If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Follow  on Instagram for updates and tips. Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Alice BastAlice Bast’s experience with celiac disease began more than twenty years ago, when debilitating physical symptoms, multiple miscarriages, a stillbirth and intense mental and emotional strain began to take over her life. Alice struggled to get a proper diagnosis, and after visiting 22 physicians, the 23rd finally diagnosed her with celiac disease, a serious genetic autoimmune condition that currently has only one treatment—a strict gluten-free diet.  In 2003, Alice was compelled to found Beyond Celiac, a patient-centric organization serving millions of Americans. She represents the celiac disease patient voice in key government, research and industry venues. Under her leadership, Beyond Celiac has helped increase the rate of diagnosis from 3% to an estimated 50% and increased the availability and affordability of gluten-free foods, which are now on store shelves across the country. The leading celiac disease patient advocacy organization, Beyond Celiac is now accelerating research for treatments and a cure for this serious genetic autoimmune disease.  **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. Contains affiliate links.
May 3, 2021
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Your Sex Questions Answered | Dr Michael Krychman

40 million women in the US suffer from sexual disorders, that is 35%-40% of our female population.  This most common of female sexual dysfunctions involves a lack of sexual interest and willingness to be sexual.  Dr. Michael Krychman speaks about sexual health and libido.  He is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine, and he is the former Co-Director of the Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer.  You will find him to be extremely knowledgeable, and incredibly compassionate in this conversation. I learned so much and am excited to share it with you.  In this episode,  Dr  Krychman covers: The difference between sexual dysfunction and sexual problem What a normal sex life really means Types of sexual dysfunction and solutions When it is time to seek professional help Related Episodes Dr Paul Gittens | Men's Sexual Health: Minimizing Shame & Offering Solutions Corey Hazama | Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain Dr Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Way Resources Dipsea app The Sexual Spark Reduce blue light exposure with Baxter Blues.  Use FEMPOWERHEALTH for 15% off. If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, please leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr KrychmanMichael L. Krychman's  special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, and loss of libido, chronic medical illness and medical devices and their  impact on female sexual function.  Dr. Krychman has published 7 books and has been featured on the Today show, New York Times, US News and World Report World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Health Magazine and many others.  He was the creator of the recent WISH Initiative (Women’ Initiative on Sexual Health) and the 2013 recipient of the WISH Outstanding Achievement award given by the ISSWSH.  He is also on the professional advisory board for the Patty Brisben Foundation.   In 2019 and again in 2020, he was named an Orange County Physician of Excellence by Orange Coast Magazine in Survivorship, Sexual Medicine and Menopause.  **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. Contains affiliate links.
April 26, 2021
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Five Tips to Support Your Fertility you Won't Find on Dr Google | Dr Aumatma

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility yet answers can be hard to find.  In the past decade, those struggling have opened up about these struggles, companies are developing innovative products and solutions.  However, we've transitioned into so much information, it is challenging to know where to begin.  Dr Aumatma, a double board-certified Naturopathic Doctor & Endocrinologist specializing in fertility, speaks about the 5 things you won't find on Dr Google but that will help you on your fertility journey. In this episode, Dr Aumatma covers: Why being proactive is important and how to do so Why the formulation of supplements matters Which hormones to test, when and why Simple changes to daily activities like sleep and diet that have a big impact Helpful resources: Not Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr Lora Shahine Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Related episodes Ovulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your Fertility Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Ovulation & the Role of Progesterone Metabolite Optimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive Treatments Tracking your Hormones Supplements - Which to Take, How Much and How Often Transforming Male Fertility If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sign up for the Fempower Health Monthly Newsletter Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr AumatmaDr. Aumatma is a double board-certified Naturopathic Doctor & Endocrinologist, in  practice for close to 15 years. She specializes in fertility and is the best-selling author of "Fertility Secrets: What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Baby-Making.” Dr. Aumatma was awarded the “Best Naturopathic Medicine Doctor″ award locally in 2015 & 2020, and recognized as a top “Women In Medicine” Doctor in 2020. In addition to supporting couples through individualized care in person and long-distance, she also trains practitioners who want to specialize in fertility. Dr Aumatma has been featured on ABC, FOX, CBS, KTLA, MindBodyGreen, The Bump, etc., **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. Contains affiliate links
April 19, 2021
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Dispelling Myths about Your Menstrual Cycle Through Data | Amy Divaraniya

Until recently, it was thought a normal cycle for women was 28 days.  While data now shows this is not the case, innovative tools continue to be developed to better understand what is "normal" for a given woman.  Dr Amy Divaraniya, the CEO and co-founder of OOVA speaks with Fempower Health.In this episode, Amy covers: Myths about women's menstrual cycles Surprising information OOVA is uncovering about women's cycles Why LH is not the only important hormone for fertility What women can do to better understand their personal “normal” cycle If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast: Use Code Fempower10 for 10% off - Click here to purchase OOVA PROMISE trial Not Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr Lora Shahine Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler Related episodes Ovulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your Fertility Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Ovulation & the Role of Progesterone Metabolite Optimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive Treatments Tracking your Hormones Transforming Male Fertility And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr Amy DivaraniyaDr. Amy Divaraniya is the CEO and Co-Founder of OOVA, a women’s health company. She hasmore than 10 years of experience as a data scientist and has both led and published originalresearch in the areas of personal genomics and biomarker discovery.  In 2017, Dr. Divaraniya chose to pivot her career as a data scientist and devote herself to improving women’s healthcare. After facing her own struggles with conceiving her son, Dr. Divaraniya decided to build a solution to help women having difficulty getting pregnant. Today, her and her team have built the first at home test, OOVA, that measures multiple hormones through urine samples and provides personalized results and insights on a woman’s fertility. As a response to COVID-19, OOVA has done an early product release, which has resonated with many women and clinicians and is now being adopted by fertility clinics and hospitals across the country.**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. Contains affiliate links
April 12, 2021
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Fertility Treatments: Navigating the Exorbitant Costs | Barb Collura of RESOLVE

Infertility treatments are costly.  Even with companies offering coverage, those trying to build families need to prepare for the financial obligations ahead.  Barb Collura, the President/CEO of Resolve:  The National Infertility Association, walks us through what you need to do to prepare.In this episode, Barb covers: What Resolve does to support those building their families  Types of insurance coverage How you can impact your company's coverage and State Mandates Alternative ways to cover fertility treatments If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast: June 17 Advocacy Day National Infertility Awareness Week Information on Insurance Coverage Resolve's Facebook Group Find Support  State mandates Related episodes The Role of Chinese Medicine Ovulation & the Role of Progesterone Metabolite Optimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive Treatments Tracking your Hormones Transforming Male Fertility And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Barbara ColluraBarbara is a nationally recognized expert on infertility and the family building journey, with a special emphasis on the personal experience of those struggling to build their family.  She has worked with The WHO on infertility definitions and clinical guidelines, worked with ACOG on their clinical definitions for infertility, and served on the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. Barbara is an expert on public policy issues facing the infertility community that impact both patient access and clinical care. She has been a guest on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, and Nightline. She is routinely quoted in major media outlets on a variety of topics related to infertility. In 2014, Barbara received the Distinguished Service Award from the ASRM. Barbara is passionate about RESOLVE's mission as the organization was a source of support and information during her own battle with infertility. She can be reached directly at [email protected]**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. Con
April 5, 2021
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How to Talk to Your Doctor | Christie VanHorne

Patients and doctors must collaborate for a successful office visit and ongoing relationship.  Public health expert, Christie VanHorne, shares important tips for both patients and doctors on how to successfully navigate the conversation that neither were trained on how to do.In this episode, Christie covers: The history behind why women tend to be dismissed How to find a doctor to meet your needs How to prepare for and optimize your doctor appointments Lessons for both patients and doctors What you can do if you have a bad appointment NOTE:  I made a reference to 2 types of HPV.  To clarify, there are multiple HPV types but 2 that indicate a high risk of cervical cancer.If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast: Courses for patients, parents, and professionals Find a Doctor Prepare for Doctor Appointment Related episodes: Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About It It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of Epigenetics Pain with Sex? What You Can Do About It Books: How Healing Works by Wayne Jonas Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden Body Belief by Aimee Raupp And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Christie VanHorneChristie is the President of CVH Consulting and founder of How to Talk to Your Doctor, a project that aims to address health literacy with patients and health professionals. As a consultant, Christie develops health curriculum, leads train-the-trainers for nonprofit and healthcare professionals, and facilitates community coalitions and working groups to improve health outcomes. With 20 years of experience in the health sector, two masters (Education / Public Health), service in the Peace Corps, and appearances on numerous health-focused podcasts, Christie is passionate about bringing her expertise where it is most needed. Christie has consulted for organizations such as the Hemophilia Federation of America, Temple University, National Environmental Health Association, Malcolm X College, Multiple Sclerosis Association, United Way, and Planned Parenthood. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley, NY with her husband and two dogs. **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. Contains affiliate links
March 29, 2021
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A Woman's Guide to Intermittent Fasting | Dr Mindy Pelz

Dr. Mindy Pelz, D.C speaks about how women should incorporate intermittent fasting based on where they are in their cycle and over their life span of reproductive years, perimenopause, and menopause.  Dr Mindy is a best selling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional medicine expert who has spent over two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health. In this episode, Dr Mindy covers: What intermittent fast is Benefits of intermittent fasting How a woman should fast in her reproductive years vs. perimenopause vs. menopause Her thoughts on drinking ketones If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: The Menopause Reset by Dr Mindy Pelz Hormone Repair Manual by Dr Lara Briden Dr Lara Briden | Hormone Repair After 40 Dr Carissa | Managing Menopause Symptoms Jenn Salib-Huber | Perimenopause & Menopause Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Article on the Science Behind Intermittent Fasting Supplements and Over-the-counter products can be found in the Fempower Health store And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr Mindy PelzDr. Mindy Pelz, D.C is a best selling author, keynote speaker, nutrition and functional medicine expert who has spent over two decades helping thousands of people successfully reclaim their health. She is a recognized leader in the alternative health field and a pioneer in the fasting movement, teaching the principles of a fasting lifestyle, diet variation, detox, hormones, and more. Her popular YouTube channel combines the latest science with practical lifestyle tools every person can use to reset their health. She is the host of one of the leading science podcasts, The Resetter Podcast, and the author of three best-selling books; The Menopause Reset, The Reset Factor, and The Reset Kitchen.  **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. Contains affiliate links
March 22, 2021
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Hormone Repair After 40 | Dr Lara Briden

Dr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and author of the bestselling books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual. She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has a consulting room in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.In this episode, Dr Briden covers: Stages of perimenopause and menopause Truths about HRT and why they are no longer called that Symptoms women tend to fear and solutions for each Why women can and should embrace this stage of life If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast & related episodes: Period Repair Manual Hormone Repair Manual Dr Carissa | Managing Menopause Symptoms Jenn Salib-Huber | Perimenopause & Menopause Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance Supplements and Over-the-counter products can be found in the Fempower Health store And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. **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. Contains affiliate links
March 15, 2021
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Endometriosis: Lessons from a Patient and Advocate | Melissa Boudreau

Endometriosis impacts 1 in 10 women and takes an average of 7-10 years to diagnose.  Given it is Endometriosis Awareness Month, I thought this was the perfect time to hear from Melissa Boudreau.As an advocate for women’s health, Melissa Boudreau,  uses her free time to increase awareness about endometriosis, through her podcast, The Cycle. Melissa shares: Her endometriosis story Suggestions for finding the right doctor for you Themes she's learned through her advocacy work and podcast Tools to support you in your journey If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Check out the following  referenced in the podcast: Nancy's Nook Endometropolis I Care Better It Fits Bar Body Belief by Aimee Raupp Gluten free apple cider donuts recipe Dr Tamer Seckin | Endometriosis: Why Women are Dismissed and What They Should Do Aimee Raupp | It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of Epigenetics Chris Jackson | Could Unexplained Infertility Finally be Explained with this Test? And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Melissa Boudreau Melissa Boudreau grew up in Detroit, MI, and is a lover of Detroit, the Caribbean, NYC, and Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Ashford University and a Master of Arts in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communications from Michigan State University. Melissa is considered an expert in social media marketing, print media and certified in YouTube and Google AdWords through the Michigan State New Media Driver’s License. Melissa and her husband, Bryan, reside in Royal Oak, MI, and together enjoy traveling, Detroit Lions football, and of course, going to the movies. In 2017, she launched a protein bar; It Fits bar, after she struggled to find one that met her needs. 
March 8, 2021
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Dr Jill Krapf | Pain with Sex? What You Can Do About It

Painful sex is not something women should have to suffer though.  Yet women struggle to find answers and/or grin and bear it for a variety of reasons.Dr. Jill Krapf, a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, specializes in female sexual pain disorders at The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders.  Her deep knowledge on the topic and passion for helping women certainly comes through in this episode.Dr. Krapf shares: Foundations of the female parts Symptoms related to pain with sex Four main causes for pain with sex and typical treatments for each How you can find support If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!Check out the following previous episodes referenced: Corey Hazama | Pelvic Floor PT and Pain Dr. Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehab Can Help you in Surprising Ways And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. More About Dr Jill Krapf, MD MEd FACOG IF Dr. Jill Krapf is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist specializing in female sexual pain disorders at The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C.   She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University. Dr. Krapf is active in research and has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on vulvodynia and vulvar lichen sclerosus.  She is Associate Editor for the medical journal Sexual Medicine, as well as for the textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders, 2nd Edition.  She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), serving on the Education Committee and the Social Media Committee.  She shares educational content on her Instagram page @jillkrapfmd.
March 1, 2021
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Saundra Pelletier | Birth Control: Could It Be? An Innovative non-Hormonal Option

This episode is the third in a three-episode series on birth control.  In Season 1, experts shared interesting views on how one should view birth control to support their health and lifestyle needs, so I wanted to dig further.  The series covers an MD view as well as a period expert's perspective.  This is the last episode of the series, we have from Saundra Pelletier about an innovative, hormone-free birth control.Saundra sits at the head of Evofem Biosciences, a female- forward company revolutionizing women’s healthcare with game-changing products, including Phexxi, the first – and highly anticipated – hormone-free, prescription, on-demand female contraceptive gel. If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!In this episode, Saundra shares: Why Phexxi was developed How Phexxi works What women who have used Phexxi have to say Check out the following referenced in this episode: Interview with Dr Sophia Yen, co-founder of Pandia Health Interview with Dr Lara Briden, The Period Revolutionary Interview with Nicole Jardim, The Period Girl Dr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair Manual Nicole Jardim's book, Fix Your Period And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Follow the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Gemmist. Provide code FEMPOWER for 15% off More About Saundra PelletierSaundra Pelletier is a mother, daughter, CEO and trailblazer. Undoubtedly and unapologetically, Saundra is one of the most dynamic women in today’s healthcare industry. She sits at the head of Evofem Biosciences, a female- forward company revolutionizing women’s healthcare with game-changing products, including Phexxi, the first – and highly anticipated – hormone-free, prescription, on-demand female contraceptive gel.  At her core, Saundra is a passionate advocate for women’s wellness and empowerment. She is a leader in the boardroom and beyond, using her experience, voice and vision for real, progressive change for women. Saundra is a force of energy that blends substance and excitement with straight talk and strong opinions. Never mind being a breast cancer survivor who fought the illness as she remained solidly at the helm of Evofem, securing $400+ million and achieving FDA approval. All while raising a son as a single mother.  Disclaimer:“Do not use Phexxi if you have problems with your urinary tract or a history of repeated UTIs. Vaginal burning, itching, infection, and discharge, UTIs, genital area discomfort, bacterial vaginosis, or pain while urinating may occur. For more information about Phexxi, talk to your doctor and see product information at Phexxi.com.” Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
February 22, 2021
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Nicole Jardim | The Birth Control Controversy: The Period Expert Perspective

This episode is the second in a three-episode series on birth control.  In Season 1, experts shared interesting views on how one should view birth control to support their health and lifestyle needs, so I wanted to dig further.  The series covers an MD view as well as an innovation in birth control.  In this second episode of the series, we hear from Nicole Jardim, a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormone health. In this episode, Nicole Jardim responds with her perspectives on birth control and statements made during my interview with Dr Sophia Yen.   Is it OK to not have your period? Could birth control mask symptoms? How do you choose the right birth control for you? If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Check out the following referenced in this episode: Interview with Dr Sophia Yen Interview with Dr Lara Briden Nicole's book, Fix Your Period Dr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair Manual Lisa Hendrickson-Jack's book, The Fifth Vital Sign How Healing Works And be sure to: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Gemmist. Provide code FEMPOWER for 15% off More about Nicole JardimNicole's Fix Your Period program empowers women to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines evidence-based information with simplicity and sass. Her work has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of women around the world in effectively addressing a wide variety of period problems, including PMS, irregular periods, PCOS, painful & heavy periods, missing periods and many more. Nicole is the author of Fix Your Period: 6 Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance, and the co-author of The Happy Balance, a recipe book filled with over 80 hormone balancing recipes. Finally, she’s the co-host of The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes—be sure to tune into that if you want to learn more about how to fix your period—and has been called on as a women’s health expert for sites such as The Guardian, Well+Good, mindbodygreen.
February 15, 2021
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Dr Sophia Yen | The Birth Control Controversy: An MD Perspective

This episode is part of a three-episode series on birth control.  In Season 1, experts shared interesting views on how one should view birth control to support their health and lifestyle needs, so I wanted to dig further.  The series covers alternate views as well as an innovation in birth control.  In this first episode of the series, we hear from Dr Sophia Yen, Co-Founder of PandiaHealth.com, birth control delivery.In this episode, Dr Yen covers: Whether adolescents are put on the pill too early or not How the pill may or many not impact your health including fertility, cancer, PCOS Hormone variations across birth control pills The Pill vs. IUD How to decide what is right for you If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Check out the following referenced in this episode: Interview with Dr Lara Briden Dr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair Manual Dr Beverly Strassman, who studies the Dogon tribe How Healing Works And be sure to..... Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. Sponsors: ReceptivaDx the sponsor of all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Gemmist. Provide code FEMPOWER for 15% off More about Dr. Sophia YenSophia Yen, M.D., M.P.H. is the CEO and Co-Founder of PandiaHealth.com, birth control delivery.  She has a passion for making women’s lives easier and preventing unplanned pregnancies and co-founded Pandia Health because she believes no one should suffer from “pill anxiety” - the fear of running out of birth control and the stress of having to obtain birth control each month.  Educating the public about cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine, she has spoken at SXSW, TEDxBerkeley, TEDxSiliconValleyWomen, high schools, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and lectured physicians and students at various academic institutions from Stanford Medical School to UCLA Internal Medicine to UC Riverside to MIT and more.
February 8, 2021
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Dr. Miriam Cremer | Preventing the Most Preventable Cancer

Dr Miriam Cremer is founder of Basic Health International, which exists to eliminate cervical cancer on a global level through cutting edge research for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer in low resource settings.  Dr. Cremer, founded Basic Health after seeing first hand the devastating impact of this devastating yet preventable cancer can have on women.In this episode, Dr. Cremer covers: What cervical cancer is What causes cervical cancer and how you can prevent it How the HPV vaccine can help (and she addresses fears about it) Why women of color and immigrants are most impacted The future of testing and how it can transform the transgender population "It's very rare to find a cancer where you have a precursor, you have a vaccine for it, and you have a place you can reach. An organ you can get at and treat right away. We have all these tools. Why is it that women are dying of cervical cancer?" - Dr Miriam CremerIf you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!As mentioned on the podcast: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) HPV screening tests coming soon: cobas and Onclarity Research for transgender men  WHO this year has called for elimination of cervical cancer And be sure to..... Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which has many products discussed on the podcast. I'd like to thank ReceptivaDx for sponsoring all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
February 1, 2021
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Denise Roguz | Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition?

It's Thyroid Awareness Month. Whether you  know you have a thyroid condition or have symptoms you can't seem to find the right answers to resolve them, this episode is for you.Denise Roguz is the co-founder, owner, and operator of ThyroidChange.  It is a collaborative network, health information website, and social media campaign. It unites an international community of medical professionals and patients under the same innovative vision: patients need personalized thyroid care for optimal wellness.Her passion stemming from her own 17 years journey to get diagnosed and treated for her condition shines through in this episode which promises to open your eyes, educate you, and empower you on your journey."TSH is not the only test. It's one piece of the puzzle of maybe how or why your thyroid is working, but it's not the only one. So the question is, how do I know how my doctor is interpreting the labs?" - Denise RoguzIn this episode we cover: Why thyroid conditions are hard to diagnose What tests your doctor should order - it's more than TSH Types of thyroid conditions What to expect once you are diagnosed If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! As mentioned on the podcast: Talk to your doctor printable PDF Dr Wayne Jonas' How Healing Works Dr Lara Briden's Period Repair Manual Podcast episode with Dr Lora Shahine, author of Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss And be sure to..... Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast and tell your friends! Shop the Fempower Health store, which also had books on thyroid disease. I'd like to thank ReceptivaDx for sponsoring all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off.
January 25, 2021
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Season 2 Trailer | Here's What's Ahead

Welcome to the Fempower Health Podcast Season 2, where I interview experts answering your health questions.  The Problem:How are doctors supposed to effectively guide women when clinical trial funding is limited for women's health, existing data is limited, and many trials are run on men?  Women are left dealing with symptom they grin and bear and/or spend years searching for answers.The Solution:I interview top experts in their field to educate and empower women on their health journey.  We cover periods, pregnancy, menopause, infertility, endometriosis, sexual health and more.Take a listen to this trailer to preview what's coming in Season 2.If you liked this podcast and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!I'd like to thank ReceptivaDx for sponsoring all of Season 2.  Provide code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for $75 off. Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for updates and tips. Subscribe to the podcast. Check out the Fempower Health store for products discussed on the podcast.
January 22, 2021
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Luce Brett | Incontinence: It's Not Just You

Luce Brett is the author of PMSL or How I Literally Pissed Myself Laughing and Survived the Last Taboo to Tell the Tale.  Luce became incontinent at the age of 30 after having her first son.   She felt scared, upset, embarrassed, dirty and shocked.  She felt it important to have a conversation to help those suffering in silence.In this episode, Luce shares: Her story and learnings along the way Why it is important to talk about this taboo topic What healthcare providers and patients alike can do The importance of being proactive "I felt like even when there was information, it was either aimed at older women, even when it wasn't, I think maybe in an attempt to make people not feel bad about themselves, it was kind of normalizing the incontinence is okay, and sort of quite fun or a bit of a laugh.  And I was thinking, even those funny jokes people tell, it's not really that fun to wet yourself on the doorstep or to get onto a trampoline and wet yourself at a kid's party." - Luce BrettIf you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!Related podcast episodes: Corey Hazama | Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain Dr Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Ways Dr Alyson McGregor | Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About It This is the last episode of Season 1.  Thank you to my listeners, supporters and incredible guests.  Season 2 resumes January 2021.Follow me on Instagram @fempowerhealth.  Email me with topic and guest ideas!
November 23, 2020
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Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone Imbalance

Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino is a Board-Certified Family Physician with a collaborative, holistic approach to practicing medicine. She holds a subspecialty certification in Hormone Optimization, has received extensive training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine, and additional training in oncology nutrition.Dr. Tolentino shares the following during our discussion: How to properly understand the root cause behind your symptoms What questions your doctor should ask you What to monitor in your body to increase self awareness The impact of quick fixes "If you want to really establish better foundations within an individual's body, they have to learn about their body. And they have to understand that these symptoms, if you are experiencing any sort of symptom, your body is talking to you and is telling you that there is something wrong."  - Dr Jaclyn TolentinoIf you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Check out the following: Order The Body Keeps the Score Check out these related episodes: Balancing Hormones, Tracking your Hormones,  Optimizing Nutrition, and What your Doctor Never Told you About your Period Take the HUM Nutrition Quiz and Use FEMPOWER to get 15% off your first $29+ order  Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for the latest updates on Season 2 plans!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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
November 16, 2020
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Tom Smith of Dadi | Transforming Male Fertility

Tom Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Dadi.  Dadi, a provider of a temperature-controlled at-home fertility test and sperm collection kit, will encourage men to contribute to family planning conversations and become more aware of their reproductive health. Infertility has been seen as a “woman’s issue.”  However, when it comes to infertility, ⅓ is female factor, ⅓ is male factor and ⅓ is unknown.  Tom shares the following during our discussion: Why it is important for men to be proactive How men can test at home What an at-home kit SHOULD test for (they are not all the same) What men should talk to their doctor about How Dadi is innovating and rethinking the entire space of male fertility Dadi encourages you to contact them with questions and is offering Fempower Health podcast listeners a $25 discount.   Click and use code FEMPOWER.If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast: Take the HUM Nutrition Quiz and Use FEMPOWER to get 15% off your first $29+ order  Follow Fempower Health on Instagram for the latest updates on Season 2 plans!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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
November 9, 2020
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Dr Jessica Opoku-Anane | Uterine Fibroids

Dr. Jessica Opoku-Anane is a gynecologist who specializes in the minimally invasive treatment of fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, intrauterine scarring (Asherman's syndrome), pelvic organ prolapse and ovarian pathology. Opoku-Anane's research interests include making gynecologic surgery safer and improving treatments for endometriosis and fibroids.In the episode, Dr Opoku-Anane talks about uterine fibroids and covers: Difference between uterine fibroids vs. endometriosis vs. adenomyosis, including the symptoms for each Uterine fibroid symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment Quality of life and fertility impact Questions to ask your doctor If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Referenced in the podcast: Take the HUM Nutrition Quiz and Use FEMPOWER to get 15% off your first $29+ order  Leverage Fempower Health's find a doctor resource to find a minimally invasive surgeon (or other specialist) Learn more about endometriosis in this episode where I interview Dr Tamer Seckin Follow Fempower Health on Instagram.Share feedback by emailing me at [email protected] the word.  Women in the know is how we will transform women's health! 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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
November 2, 2020
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Chris Jackson | Could Unexplained Infertility Finally be Explained with this Test?

Chris Jackson, CEO and Founder of CiceroDx, maker of the ReceptivaDx test, has been in diagnostic lab testing for over 30 years focusing on health care sales and marketing. Mr. Jackson has launched over 35 products during his career, with the majority in the field of women’s health & reproductive medicine.In this episode, you will learn: What the ReceptivaDx test is How ReceptivaDx test can help those struggling with unexplained infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss Options for women should they test positive for the BCL6 marker How to access the test/talk to your doctor about it A big thank you to Dr Bruce Lessey for his discovery!If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Important information for you: ReceptivaDx Discount:  Click here and enter code FEMPOWER-HEALTH for a $75 discount. Find a Testing Center :  Click here to find a center near you or order the test and bring to your OB GYN's office and they can send in the sample.  The ReceptivaDx team can support your needs! Dr Tamer Seckin's Podcast Episode on Endometriosis Dr Lora Shahine's Podcast Episode on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage Be sure to share with your friends, subscribe, rate, and review. We'd love to hear from you.  Email me at [email protected] Fempower Health on: Instagram Facebook Twitter 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.
October 26, 2020
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Jenn Salib Huber | Perimenopause & Menopause: The Natural Approach

Jenn Salib Huber is a Canadian Registered Dietitian and Naturopathic Doctor. In practice for more than 16 years, teaching women to become intuitive eaters and build body confidence in their 30's, 40's, and 50's. Well-versed in the integrative treatment options available to women in mid-life, she can help women come up with a treatment strategy that meets their unique needs for a better menopause. Her online program "" is a self-study program open to women in any stage of peri/menopause who are looking to regain confidence in their bodies and themselves.In this episode, she covers: Hormonal changes over time Why doctors may misdiagnose women and how that impacts the treatments you do receive Treatment considerations, including important information about melatonin Learn more about Jenn and what she does for women: Check out her online program, "The Thinking Woman's Guide to Peri/Menopause" Join her Facebook Group If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes! Learn more about the pelvic floor and how specialist can help in these Fempower Health podcast episodes: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy with Corey Hazama of Beyond Basics Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy with Dr Allyson Shrikhande Subscribe, rate and review the podcast.  Fempower Health can be found on Apple, Google, Stitcher, Amazon, and Spotify.  It is now also an Alexa skill!Follow Fempower Health on Instagram.Email Georgie feedback and episode suggestions for 2021! 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.
October 19, 2020
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Dr Lora Shahine | Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Dr. Lora Shahine, a reproductive endocrinologist practices out of Pacific NW Fertility and authored Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss In honor of Infant and Pregnancy Awareness Loss Month, Dr Shahine addresses: How guidelines influence the care women receive and why that varies doctor to doctor The controversy over the role progesterone in maintaining a healthy pregnancy The prevalence of miscarriage and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)  What women can and should do to find answers  If you liked this episode and you're feeling generous, don't forget to leave a review on iTunes!We'd love to hear from you.  Email me at [email protected] Fempower Health on: Instagram Facebook Twitter 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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
October 12, 2020
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Special Edition | Dr Lara Briden | Your Period: What Your Doctor Never Told You

Dr. Lara Briden, author of Period Repair Manual, is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.  She has helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and perimenopause.This is a special edition episode in honor of National Period Day.In this episode, Dr Briden addresses: Why the menstrual cycle's main event is ovulation and not the period What a normal menstrual cycle should be How birth control impacts the rhythm of your menstrual cycle - and it's not what you would think Discussed in the episode: About Vasalgel Detecting Endometriosis with Ultrasound Podcast with Dr Tamer Seckin Blog about Hormonal IUD Purchase Period Repair Manual Be sure to share with your friends, subscribe, rate, and review.We'd love to hear from you.  Email me at [email protected] Fempower Health on: Instagram Facebook Twitter 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.
October 10, 2020
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Dr Carissa | Managing Menopause Symptoms

Dr. Carissa, author of The Menopause Switch, is a Functional Medicine practitioner and an expert in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and weight loss. She runs a busy clinic in Tampa Bay, Florida, and has helped thousands of patients reach their wellness goals.In this episode, Dr Carissa addresses: Menopause symptoms such as low libido, weight gain, and brain fog Testing your doctor should do to better understand how to treat your symptoms Important information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) Order her book here.Learn about The Dutch Test.Be sure to share with your friends, subscribe, rate, and review.We'd love to hear from you.  Email me at [email protected] Fempower Health on: Instagram Facebook Twitter 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.
October 5, 2020
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Dr. Gretchen Kubacky | PCOS: Supporting your Mental Health

In acknowledgement of PCOS Awareness Month, Dr Gretchen Kubacky speaks to the mental health impacts of PCOS.  Dr Gretchen is a health psychologist in private practice in Southern California and author of The PCOS Mood Cure and Moving Through Grief. She is a Certified PCOS Educator, a frequent lecturer on women’s health, and the founder of the popular website, PCOSwellness.com. She is dedicated to education, advocacy, and empowerment for women and girls with PCOS.  On this episode, Dr Gretchen discusses: Why it is important to manage PCOS as soon as possible How and why PCOS and mental health go hand in hand Simple tips for managing your PCOS and mental health And most importantly - why there is no magic fix and what you can do about it instead "And so the reality is that there's no magic way to fix all of this. Everybody's solution does have to be customized. And I think that's a really unappealing option. People want to be handed the one pill, here's the diet - “Here's the exercise plan. That's all you have to do. It'll fix everything.” It rarely works that way in PCOS."More about Spoon Theory: https://outline.com/F5xh5VFollow Dr Gretchen @gkubacky and @pcoswellnessShare this episode with the women in your life!Join a community of women who are committed to better health: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram Like Fempower Health on Facebook Follow Fempower Health on Twitter Visit our website for more reading, resource and product recommendations 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.
September 28, 2020
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Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) | Ovarian Cancer: Why Awareness Is Critical and What you Need to Know

In celebration of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Fempower Health interviews top leadership at the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, the largest global charity for ovarian cancer research and advocacy.  Audra Moran is the President & CEO of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA).  She directs overall strategy, operations and fundraising to promote progress and awareness, while hastening breakthroughs in diagnostics and treatments with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for ovarian cancer.Sarah Defeo, Vice President of Scientific Affairs & Programs, oversees OCRA’s grantmaking, programmatic, and educational initiatives. Working closely with the Scientific Advisory Committee, Sarah manages OCRA’s annual grant solicitation and review process, and under her direction applications to OCRA’s three research grant programs have quadrupled. On this episode, Audra and Sarah discuss the following about ovarian cancer: Risk factors Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment How OCRA supports efforts to raise awareness about ovarian cancer "There is no method of early detection for ovarian cancer and this is one of the biggest challenges. Ovarian cancer is not just one disease. There are different types of ovarian cancer, the most common type of ovarian cancer, and the one that is usually being referred to when people talk about ovarian cancer, is really just one type -  epithelial ovarian cancer."OCRA is hosting the Ovarian Cancer National Conference on September 29 to October 3, 2020.  Check it out!Share this episode with the women in your life!Join a community of women who are committed to better health: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram Like Fempower Health on Facebook Follow Fempower Health on Twitter Visit our website for more reading, resource and product recommendations 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.
September 21, 2020
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Martha McKittrick | PCOS: Why Nutrition is Not One Size Fits All

In celebration of PCOS Awareness Month, Martha McKittrick, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, shares her expertise on PCOS and how nutrition plays a role. Martha has had a special interest in PCOS since 2000, and can be considered one of the pioneers in the field. She has been published in peer reviewed journals and has lectured across the country is on the Health Advisory Board for the PCOS challenge and advocates for PCOS annually on Capitol Hill. And be sure to look out for her book coming out in 2021.  On this episode, she discusses: Common PCOS symptoms The kinds of healthy diet and lifestyle changes that improve symptoms Different medications that are used to treat PCOS Mindset and mental health issues around PCOS "It actually takes the average woman a couple years to get diagnosed with PCOS and 50% of women who have PCOS are undiagnosed. Those are just a couple of statistics. I think the biggest thing you can do is be really proactive and do your research and there's an organization among the Health Advisory Board called the PCOS Challenge and they have some great information out there. They're really advocates for PCOS and if you go to their website, they have a whole list of questions and diagnostic criteria and symptoms. Get a notebook, get a file, start writing stuff down, start doing research."Share this episode with the women in your life!If you are interested in PCOS, we recommend that you also listen to:Megan Pearson | PCOS: A Patient and Advocate PerspectiveJoin a community of women who are committed to better health: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram Like Fempower Health on Facebook Follow Fempower Health on Twitter Visit our website for more reading, resource and product recommendations 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.
September 14, 2020
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Megan Pearson | PCOS: A Patient and Advocate Perspective

This is an interview with Megan Pearson. Megan founded and runs the PCOSAA (PCOS Awareness Association). PCOSAA has made amazing strides in awareness for polycystic ovary syndrome. In this episode, you will learn about: How 10 million (or one in five) women in the United States have PCOS The mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual impact PCOS has on women’s lives The symptoms commonly associated with PCOS The two diagnostic tests available for PCOS Non-traditional treatment options How women can find support Fempower Health is committed to bringing you information from experts like Megan. In many cases, as in Megan’s, a personal experience fuels their passion to support women with common conditions. Fempower Health is here for you. Learn more about PCOS and numerous other issues surrounding women’s health (at all ages): On our website On our blog By following us on Instagram By connecting with us on Facebook If you enjoyed this episode, we would recommend that you next listen to: Nina Boyce on Hormone Health Kim Ross on Nutrition Aimee Raupp on Epigenetics Each of these episodes reference PCOS and ways women can tune into their bodies and make lifestyle changes to improve wellness. 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.
September 7, 2020
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Nicole Kruck | Uterine and Vaginal Health: Tips from a Holistic Perspective

In this inspiring and informative episode, Nicole Kruck speaks with Georgie about uterine and vaginal health from a holistic perspective.From this perspective, she addresses common challenges women face, including:How she learned from traditional Maya healersAbdominal therapy and uterine massageHow women can get and stay wellPractical tips to bring attention and healing to your abdominal region and uterusVisualizations and better understanding for each stage of your cycleHow you can tell if your uterus is out of placeThey also discuss the traditional and holistic options women have for treatment. This is an important episode for women of all ages. Please share!If you want to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with Nicole, or just learn more, you can visit her website: www.fertilegardenwellness.com.Want to get involved?Fempower Health has a vibrant online community: Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Visit our website for more resources and product recommendations If you are interested in learning more about holistic approaches or vaginal health, we recommend next listening to: Suzanne Munson on Lube and Vaginal Health Dr. Marc Sklar on The Role of Chinese Medicine in Women's Health 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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
August 31, 2020
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Jada Shapiro | Breastfeeding: Optimizing your Success and Minimizing Shame

Jada Shapiro founded Boober (Enter FEMBOOBER10 to get 10% off first booking) “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 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.” 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 If you want more information about motherhood and women’s health, we suggest you listen next to: Hormone Health with Fertility and Nutrition Coach, Nina Boyce Achieving Optimal Wellness With Nutrition, with Kim Ross Lube and Your Vaginal Health, with Suzanne MunsonFollow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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 24, 2020
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Nina Boyce | Hormone Health: Why It Matters and How to Balance Your Hormones

Nina Boyce is a certified hormone and fertility coach. She uses a powerful mix of eastern and western approaches to help women feel whole, healthy and happy. In this episode, you will learn: How stress can cause the reproductive system to shut down or not work properly The difference between estrogen and progesterone, and how this impacts how you feel each month How to know when you need help from a coach or extra support in your health journey What conditions are a result of hormone imbalances Info on the fertility awareness method, DUTCH test and Hair Mineral Tissue Analysis Tests Actionable steps you can take to tune in and improve your health "Women need to stop being so afraid. We’re so fearful of food. Most hormone experts tell you that you have to cut out gluten, dairy, carbs, etc. We get scared when we sit down to eat food. We need a healthier relationship with our body. We’ve normalized stress and burnout. We all know that we need to reduce stress. Some things are a way of life that you can’t do anything about. We have to prioritize stress reduction in our daily routines or our bodies are in a fight or flight state, which isn’t conducive to producing hormones."  Listen in and learn! Share this episode with the women in your life who can benefit. Want more of the same? If you are looking for answers to female health issues that could be rooted in hormonal imbalances or require lifestyle changes, we would recommend that you listen next to: Tracking Your Hormones with Sylvia Kang Optimizing Your Fertility with Sarah Clark Achieving Optimal Wellness Through Nutrition with Kim RossFollow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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 17, 2020
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Sylvia Kang | Tracking your Hormones: Why this is important and how to select a device to properly measure them

Sylvia Kang is the co-founder and CEO of Mira Fertility. The tool developed by Mira helps women with fertility tracking. They discuss: How the “28-day cycle” is more of a myth than a rule. The full scope of a monthly cycle, including all of the hormones and fertility dynamics along the way. Common hormonal issues. OPK testing and other tools. How to learn about and measure your fertility. The goal of gaining more data on our own health. “Your body is working like a symphony. Every hormone you can think of as a musical instrument. They have to work together and with certain spacing between them. This happens in a beautiful, natural way. There is a pattern.” Listen in and share with friends! Want more on hormone health? Listen to these Fempower Health podcast episodes: Sarah Clark | Optimizing Your Fertility: What you can do BEFORE pursuing expensive treatments Kim Ross | Achieving Optimal Wellness Through Nutrition Need a community and connections? Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook #fempowerhealth #femcast  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 10, 2020
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Sarah Clark | Optimizing your Fertility: What you can do BEFORE Pursuing Expensive Treatments

Sarah Clark is the founder of FabFertile, author of Fabulously Fertile: Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally, and host of the Get Pregnant Naturally podcast. She has supported hundreds of women on their fertility and health journeys.  In this interview, she talks about: Gut health Elimination diets Tests to measure health Symptoms to look out for Studies on mind-body fertility Visualizing a positive outcome … and much more! You can get Sarah’s book, Fabulously Fertile: Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally, here.Book a free 30-minute call with Sarah here.  You and your partner must attend. Fempower Health is your destination for all things women’s health. Join us on social: Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook Like and share with friends!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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 3, 2020
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Kim Ross | 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: How women’s cycles and hormonal changes each month impact wellness The difference between nutrition and dieting How to make incremental shifts in your eating and lifestyle to decrease toxins and increase health The real truth about what malnutrition looks like “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.” Need a community? Come learn and grow with us.  Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast 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.
July 27, 2020
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Dr. Tamer Seckin | Endometriosis: Why Women are Dismissed and What They Should Do

Dr. Tamer Seckin is a world-renowned endometriosis surgeon and founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. He is the author of The Doctor Will See you Now:  Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis. In this powerful interview, he describes his journey into this calling and the realities he encounters about how women with endometriosis suffer. . . and what can and should be done about it."For the early stages, there is no biomarker or no image studies. Doctors will say, 'you’re complaining about pain but everything is negative. Maybe it’s in your head.' However, if you really ask the right questions to a female patient, the answers will start popping up. Most of the time, these symptoms have been imposed as 'normal' to a woman. It’s not normal to have pain with a period. Second day pain, third day pain is not normal. If the pain continues after the flow starts and stays or lateralizes, that means something.  It’s not normal to have excessive bleeding. Tampon + tampon means a lot. It’s not normal to have specific pain. Is a woman experiencing uterine pain, midline pain, cramping? Providers should be asking these microscopic questions to get to the bottom of a woman’s issues." Are there women in your life who suffer from endometriosis? All of us should be better informed to seek the right care and support other women. Share this episode with the women in your life.  Need a community? Come learn and grow with us.  Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast 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.
July 20, 2020
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Dr Alyson McGregor | Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About It

Hear from expert and author Dr. Alyson McGregor. Alyson is a physician, researcher and writer. She is also the director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University. Her TEDx talk, “Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women” currently has over 1.6 million views and she has recently released a new book titled Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women’s Health and What We Can Do About It. Did you know: A woman’s symptoms for a heart attack aren’t the same as a man? Some medicine has only been tested on men but women are recommended the same dosage, which has led to serious problems and even fatalities. Data is finally compelling researchers and even the FDA to provide gender-based recommendations. There is still much to be done to achieve equality for women in healthcare. “Women should feel empowered to take control of their medical care. Welcoming the complexity of the impact of hormones on our health will lead to a greater scientific understanding of women and their reactions to disease. My greatest hope is that women will receive personalized, safe and effective healthcare.” Dr. Alyson McGregor Share this episode with the women in your life. We all need to understand this important information to better advocate for ourselves. Need a community? Lean in to learn and grow with us.  Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
July 13, 2020
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Aimee Raupp | It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of Epigenetics

This episode of the Fempower Health podcast features best-selling author and wellness expert, Aimee Raupp, MS LAc. Aimee is renowned for her work with fertility, nutrition and women’s health. In this conversation with Fempower Health founder, Georgie Kovacs, Aimee enlightens us about the role genes play in our health, which she discusses in detail in her book, Body Belief. Get answers to questions like: Are you genetically destined to get certain diseases, or do you have some control? How many diseases are actually heritable? (The number is lower than you think!) What environmental influences turn genes on or off? What can you eat to enhance wellness? Subscribe to this podcast for more valuable info like this. Want to join a community of women who are working towards wellness? You’re invited: Follow Fempower Health on Instagram Like Fempower Health on Facebook #fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
July 6, 2020
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Suzanne Munson | Lube & Your Vaginal Health

Hear from Suzanne Munson on lube and your vaginal health. Many women don't understand even the basics about how their bodies work or what is normal. This is an interview between Fempower Health founder, Georgie Kovacs, and Suzanne Munson of Fairhaven Health. They discuss: What is a health pH for the vagina? What is normal lubrication? What are the consequences when vaginal health is compromised? How can you address vaginal health issues? What changes occur in the vagina during menopause? Talking through the big picture of vaginal health, they go over the contributing elements to vaginal issues, hormones and the best choices for lubricants.Fempower Health has developed a survey that leverages women's desire to help and advise other women based on their own experience and learnings from conditions like infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and thyroid conditions.  Go here to take survey and receive product discount as a thank you.Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
June 22, 2020
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Dr Paul Gittens | Men's Sexual Health: Minimizing Shame & Offering Solutions

This episode is an interview with Dr. Paul Gittens, a leading specialist in sexual function for men and women. He discusses the challenges men face to even get to a doctor, much less receive treatment. The cultural norms of men just "toughing it out" or not complaining have undercut their willingness to pursue the right careDr. Gittens also covers: Erectile difficulties Low libidio Psychological components Recommended/proven therapies and treatment options, including non-medicinal approaches Male infertility and the hope of treatment "Men’s health is such a big topic. It starts when boys are young. It’s important that we instill in our young boys that we don’t have to be the tough guys. If something’s wrong, they need to talk about it. We also need to educate older men as well. By doing that, men’s health will improve." Dr. Paul GittensFempower Health has developed a survey that leverages women's desire to help and advise other women based on their own experience and learnings from conditions like infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and thyroid conditions.  Go here to take survey and receive product discount as a thank you.Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
June 8, 2020
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Dr Marc Sklar | The Role of Chinese Medicine in Women's Health: And It Is Not Just Acupuncture

Hear from Dr. Marc Sklar, a Harvard-trained practitioner, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, author and president of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. They discuss the often unknown scope of Oriental medicine, including acupuncture, and its many applications to improve women's health.Get answers to questions like, "what tests should I ask my doctor for?" and "is acupuncture an ongoing or short-term treatment?" They also cover: The role of acupuncturists Chinese herbs, cupping Acupuncture and egg quality Chinese medicine and conditions such as PCOS and Hashimoto's The difference in acupuncture state-to-state "The only picture of a baby that sits on my desk in my office aside from my kids is the first baby that I ever helped conceive. It reminds me of where I was and how important she was to my career and my path. That’s my inspiration. Being there to support patients so they can have the families that they want." Dr. Marc SklarTap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
May 25, 2020
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Georgie Kovacs | Announcement: Why Fempower Health (formerly Fertility4Me)

Entrepreneur, businesswoman and avid researcher Georgie Kovacs is the founder of Fempower Health (formerly Fertility4Me). Georgie has worked tirelessly to help women, leveraging her decade-long experience with fertility treatments and undiagnosed/unexplained health issues.Fempower Health will provide: Insight into women's health issues Empowerment for women to head into a "7-minute" doctor appointment with the right questions Curated resources that address common (and not so common) women's health issues An engaged, empathetic online community of women helping women Listen in to learn more.Subscribe to this podcast for interviews with health experts and more as Georgie gets real talk and real answers for the health issues women face.Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.#fempowerhealth #femcast 
May 18, 2020
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Corey Hazama | Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Pain

Corey Hazama, a pelvic floor physical therapist and co-owner of Beyond Basics in New York City.  She is interviewed by Georgie Kovacs, founder of Fempower Health.Corey provides insight into the important, and often unexpected, ways pelvic floor physical therapy can help with a variety of women's health conditions!  Most importantly, she helps us unlearn that pain is something we women should "grin and bear" and instead shares how pelvic floor PT may actually offer much needed relief.  And yes, she address the questions we are afraid to ask about what many call vagina massages. Check out our previous podcast episode with Dr Allyson Shrikhande, who specializes in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, a complementary field to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy.Fempower Health has developed a survey that leverages women's desire to help and advise other women based on their own experience and learnings from conditions like infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and thyroid conditions.  Go here to take survey and receive product discount as a thank you.Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
May 11, 2020
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Suzanne Munson | Supplements – Which to Take, How Much and How Often

Some of us don’t take enough supplements while others take too many.  Additionally, we are often confused by which brand or formulation (i.e., folic acid vs. folate, ubiquinol vs. ubiquinone) is right for us as well as proper dosing. Georgie Kovacs, founder of Fempower Health (formerly Fertility4Me), talks with Suzanne Munson, the VP of Product Development and Compliance at Fairhaven Health, to get answers to these questions. Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
May 4, 2020
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Dr Amy Beckley | Ovulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your Fertility

Hear an interview with Proov inventor and founder, Amy Galliher-Beckley, who created an at-home PdG, or progesterone metabolite, test to confirm ovulation. This is a completely innovative and novel diagnostic process for measuring PdG at home. We will learn about: The company and their product, Proov,  Uncover why Amy created this test, The important role PdG levels plays in fertility, and  The challenges women face in seeking help given the complex dynamics of our healthcare system.   Fempower Health has developed a survey that leverages women's desire to help and advise other women based on their own experience and learnings from conditions like infertility, PCOS, endometriosis, and thyroid conditions.  Go here to take survey and receive product discount as a thank you.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
April 28, 2020
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Guy Daniels | The POWER of the Gut: Learn All About the Microbiome and its Role in Overall Health

Listen in to this interview with Guy Daniels, the Director of Medical Education at Onegevity, a health intelligence platform for wellness. He discusses: What gut health is,  Why it is important, and Which women’s health conditions are impacted by a bad gut and what you can do about it.   We appreciate that Guy’s personal experience with Crohn’s disease drives his passion to make an impact on gut health, a field that is only in its nascency.  Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
April 20, 2020
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Dr Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising Ways

Fempower Health (formerly Fertility4Me) interviews Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, the Medical Director of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. Dr Shrikhande shares what pelvic floor rehabilitation is and how it helps with feelings of UTI, pain with intercourse, and other women's health-specific conditions.  She also addresses questions brought up by members of our private Facebook group.Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.#fempowerhealth #femcast
April 13, 2020
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Jane Mattes | Single Mothers by Choice

This is an interview with Jane Mattes, who founded Single Mothers by Choice nearly 40 years ago after her own struggle to find such a resource. Now, 30,000 members strong, Jane will share how this organization has supported women who are thinking about or trying to have a child as a single mom or parenting as a single mom.   Tap here to get access to a wealth of info and information on our blog and site.Follow on Instagram and Facebook!#fempowerhealth #femcast  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.
April 6, 2020
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About Fempower Health

Frank conversations with women's health experts investigating important, often misunderstood women's health topics, empowering women to become the CEO of their health.

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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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