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Tight Lipped

Tight Lipped

Storytelling podcast creating a public conversation about "private" pain.

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8: Power in Numbers

In 1994, Phyllis Mate led a small, dedicated group of women to found the National Vulvodynia Association, the NVA. Their mission was to be the central destination for the most up to date resources and research on vulvodynia. The problem? There wasn’t any medical information on the condition. On today’s episode we learn how a small group of vulvodynia patients fought for research and solutions to a problem they were taught not to talk about.
April 20, 2021

7: Why did y'all offer this to me?

After nearly a decade of ER visits and dismissal from doctors, Samantha Denae was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. But then, she needed to figure out how to treat it. Over and over again she was told to get a hysterectomy. Black patients like Samantha are much more likely to receive a hysterectomy than white patients. But, why is that? This is the second episode in our two-part series about how race and class influence endometriosis diagnosis and treatment. We learn about how centuries of sterilization abuse and medical racism ignited the fight for reproductive justice, which continues on today.
February 22, 2021

6: The Career Woman's Disease (Part 1)

The myth that Black women don't develop endometriosis is almost a century old and yet it still permeates to this day. Where did this idea come from? How did endometriosis come to be labeled the "career woman's disease?" And, why is it harder for Black patients, and working class patients, to get diagnosed? Today's episode is the first in a two-part series exploring how race and class influence endometriosis diagnosis and treatment. We learn about the story of the doctor who established this myth -- and one doctor who dedicated his life to debunking it.
February 8, 2021

Tight Lipped Presents: The Secret Lives of Black Women

Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, The Secret Lives of Black Women - a show about everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. In this episode, Dr. Debra Hardy-Cartwright shares her own story navigating the medical world as a Black OBGYN and her perspective on how race and class influence the kind of care we receive.
October 26, 2020

Tight Lipped Presents: Call Your Girlfriend

Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, Call Your Girlfriend. CYG is a podcast for long-distance besties about feminism, politics, health, pop culture, and friendship. This episode features an interview with author Maya Dusenbery and explores the research behind why medical institutions frequently dismiss and underestimate chronic pain and patients' accounts of their own symptoms.
October 12, 2020

Tight Lipped Presents: NATAL

Today we're sharing an episode from another podcast we love, NATAL - a docuseries about having a baby while Black. The show highlights the voices of Black parents, birthworkers, medical professionals, researchers, and advocates. This episode takes us on a deep dive into the roots of racism in obstetrics and gynecology.
September 29, 2020

Tight Lipped

Tight Lipped is a curated storytelling podcast that features honest, personal stories of people living with chronic vulvovaginal and pelvic pain alongside analysis from professionals and experts who study and treat these conditions. Shrouded in shame, stigma, and silence, these conditions are often dismissed and misunderstood both in the healthcare system and by society.

Vulvovaginal and pelvic pain includes a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, including vulvodynia, vaginismus, and pelvic floor dysfunction, which can cause persistent burning, stinging, UTI symptoms, and pain with sex, tampons, and gynecological exams. We examine how social pressure, norms, and public discourse around sex impact how people with vulvovaginal pain experience their own bodies, health, and sexuality.
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Team

Noa Fleischacker, Executive Director, Host

Noa Fleischacker, Executive Director, Host

Noa Fleischacker is the Executive Director of Tight Lipped, a grassroots movement by and for people with chronic vulvovaginal and pelvic pain. Tight Lipped is both a podcast and storytelling project, as well as an advocacy organization fighting for a world where those with chronic vulvovaginal and pelvic pain are diagnosed correctly, treated effectively, and given compassionate care. Noa earned a B.A. in Anthropology, Education Studies, and Dance from Oberlin College. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked as a community and political organizer in Chicago. Noa has lived with pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain for as long as she can remember. In 2019, she co-founded Tight Lipped and now spends her days on the phone with people around the world talking about vaginas.
Hannah Barg, Producer and Host

Hannah Barg, Producer and Host

Hannah Barg is a St. Louis, Missouri native with a passion for education, radio and storytelling. Hannah graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a B.A. in Anthropology. After college, she moved to Chicago to work for a college access program. In 2017, she interned at StoryCorps, and in September of that year she moved to Jerusalem for the year to join the Israel Story Podcast team as a Production Intern and later as the Tour Manager. Hannah's currently based in Chicago where she works at a nonprofit and as a freelance audio producer! When she's not working, she's busy making too many plans with friends, buying plants, playing softball (poorly), and spending as much time as possible outside!

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