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Interviewing experts in all aspects of women’s health. Fempower Health investigates important, often misunderstood or even unknown areas to ensure you have the best information at your fingertips, allowing you to have more informed and productive conversations with your healthcare providers.
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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 itHow to prevent and treat DRA including precautions about surgery & the types of kegels you doHow 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 PTRelated EpisodesHow Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising WaysPelvic Floor Physical Therapy and PainResourcesPelvic Pain Explained:  What you Need to KnowIf 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 NewsletterFollow  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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 conditionsMyths and facts about a gluten-free dietThe difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivityRelated EpisodesCould Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition?Could Unexplained Infertility Finally be Explained with this Test?Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy LossResourcesCeliac Disease and Women's HealthCeliac Disease, fertility and pregnancyCeliac Disease Testing and Diagnosis in WomenSymptoms checklistIf 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 NewsletterFollow  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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 problemWhat a normal sex life really meansTypes of sexual dysfunction and solutionsWhen it is time to seek professional helpRelated EpisodesDr Paul Gittens | Men's Sexual Health: Minimizing Shame & Offering SolutionsCorey Hazama | Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and PainDr Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising WayResourcesDipsea appThe Sexual SparkReduce 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 NewsletterSponsors: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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 soWhy the formulation of supplements mattersWhich hormones to test, when and whySimple changes to daily activities like sleep and diet that have a big impactHelpful resources:Not Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr Lora ShahineTaking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni WeschlerRelated episodesOvulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your FertilityMiscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy LossOvulation & the Role of Progesterone MetaboliteOptimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive TreatmentsTracking your HormonesSupplements - Which to Take, How Much and How OftenTransforming Male FertilityIf 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 NewsletterSponsors: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 linksSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 cyclesSurprising information OOVA is uncovering about women's cyclesWhy LH is not the only important hormone for fertilityWhat women can do to better understand their personal “normal” cycleIf 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 OOVAPROMISE trialNot Broken:  An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss by Dr Lora ShahineTaking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni WeschlerRelated episodesOvulation & Progesterone Metabolite: How they may play a role in your FertilityMiscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy LossOvulation & the Role of Progesterone MetaboliteOptimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive TreatmentsTracking your HormonesTransforming Male FertilityAnd 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 linksSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 coverageHow you can impact your company's coverage and State MandatesAlternative ways to cover fertility treatmentsIf 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 DayNational Infertility Awareness WeekInformation on Insurance CoverageResolve's Facebook GroupFind Support State mandatesRelated episodesThe Role of Chinese MedicineOvulation & the Role of Progesterone MetaboliteOptimizing your Fertility BEFORE Pursuing Expensive TreatmentsTracking your HormonesTransforming Male FertilityAnd 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 bcollura@resolve.org.**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. ConSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 dismissedHow to find a doctor to meet your needsHow to prepare for and optimize your doctor appointmentsLessons for both patients and doctorsWhat you can do if you have a bad appointmentNOTE:  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 professionalsFind a DoctorPrepare for Doctor AppointmentRelated episodes:Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About ItIt’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of EpigeneticsPain with Sex? What You Can Do About ItBooks:How Healing Works by Wayne JonasPeriod Repair Manual by Lara BridenBody Belief by Aimee RauppAnd 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 linksSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 isBenefits of intermittent fastingHow a woman should fast in her reproductive years vs. perimenopause vs. menopauseHer thoughts on drinking ketonesIf 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 PelzHormone Repair Manual by Dr Lara BridenDr Lara Briden | Hormone Repair After 40Dr Carissa | Managing Menopause SymptomsJenn Salib-Huber | Perimenopause & MenopauseDr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone ImbalanceNew England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Article on the Science Behind Intermittent FastingSupplements and Over-the-counter products can be found in the Fempower Health storeAnd 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 linksSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 menopauseTruths about HRT and why they are no longer called thatSymptoms women tend to fear and solutions for eachWhy women can and should embrace this stage of lifeIf 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 ManualHormone Repair ManualDr Carissa | Managing Menopause SymptomsJenn Salib-Huber | Perimenopause & MenopauseDr. Jaclyn Tolentino | The Optimal Way to Treat Hormone ImbalanceSupplements and Over-the-counter products can be found in the Fempower Health storeAnd 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 linksSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 storySuggestions for finding the right doctor for youThemes she's learned through her advocacy work and podcastTools to support you in your journeyIf 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 NookEndometropolisI Care BetterIt Fits BarBody Belief by Aimee RauppGluten free apple cider donuts recipeDr Tamer Seckin | Endometriosis: Why Women are Dismissed and What They Should DoAimee Raupp | It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of EpigeneticsChris 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 BoudreauMelissa 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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 partsSymptoms related to pain with sexFour main causes for pain with sex and typical treatments for eachHow you can find supportIf 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 PainDr. Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehab Can Help you in Surprising WaysAnd 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 IFDr. 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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 developedHow Phexxi worksWhat women who have used Phexxi have to sayCheck out the following referenced in this episode:Interview with Dr Sophia Yen, co-founder of Pandia HealthInterview with Dr Lara Briden, The Period RevolutionaryInterview with Nicole Jardim, The Period GirlDr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair ManualNicole Jardim's book, Fix Your PeriodAnd 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% offMore 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)
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 notHow the pill may or many not impact your health including fertility, cancer, PCOSHormone variations across birth control pillsThe Pill vs. IUDHow to decide what is right for youIf 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 BridenDr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair ManualDr Beverly Strassman, who studies the Dogon tribeHow Healing WorksAnd 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% offMore 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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 isWhat causes cervical cancer and how you can prevent itHow the HPV vaccine can help (and she addresses fears about it)Why women of color and immigrants are most impactedThe 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 OnclarityResearch for transgender men WHO this year has called for elimination of cervical cancerAnd 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)
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 diagnoseWhat tests your doctor should order - it's more than TSHTypes of thyroid conditionsWhat to expect once you are diagnosedIf 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 PDFDr Wayne Jonas' How Healing WorksDr Lara Briden's Period Repair ManualPodcast episode with Dr Lora Shahine, author of Not Broken: An Approachable Guide to Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy LossAnd 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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 YenInterview with Dr Lara BridenNicole's book, Fix Your PeriodDr Lara Briden's book, Period Repair ManualLisa Hendrickson-Jack's book, The Fifth Vital SignHow Healing WorksAnd 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% offMore 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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 wayWhy it is important to talk about this taboo topicWhat healthcare providers and patients alike can doThe 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 PainDr Allyson Shrikhande | How Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Can Help You in Surprising WaysDr Alyson McGregor | Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About ItThis 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!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/fempowerhealth)
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 symptomsWhat questions your doctor should ask youWhat to monitor in your body to increase self awarenessThe 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 ScoreCheck out these related episodes: Balancing Hormones, Tracking your Hormones,  Optimizing Nutrition, and What your Doctor Never Told you About your PeriodTake 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)
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 proactiveHow men can test at homeWhat an at-home kit SHOULD test for (they are not all the same)What men should talk to their doctor aboutHow Dadi is innovating and rethinking the entire space of male fertilityDadi 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)
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 eachUterine fibroid symptoms, diagnosis, and treatmentQuality of life and fertility impactQuestions to ask your doctorIf 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 SeckinFollow Fempower Health on Instagram.Share feedback by emailing me at georgie@fempower-health.comSpread 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)
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