198 episodes

Welcome to Fempower Health—where empowering women through every stage of life isn't just our mission; it's our passion.

Fempower Health is a beacon for women navigating the complex world of healthcare, providing a supportive platform where your voice is heard and your concerns are addressed with the compassion and understanding you deserve. Our podcast, a central hub for empowering information, is dedicated to women who find themselves on an exhausting quest for answers to their health questions and perhaps experience medical gaslighting. Whether you're in your reproductive years, facing the uncertainties of perimenopause, or navigating the challenges of post-menopause, Fempower Health is here to light the way forward.

Our content is meticulously designed with your needs in mind, focusing on essential women's health topics such as female reproductive health, managing menopause symptoms, autoimmune diseases, female cancers, endometriosis, and the journey of trying to conceive. We delve into often taboo topics like menstrual health, the complexities of perimenopause and menopause, and the critical balance of the gut and vaginal microbiome. Recognizing the holistic nature of health, we also cover women's mental health, pain management, pelvic health, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy and motherhood, thyroid disease, and female sexual health.

At Fempower Health, you'll gain access to world-renowned healthcare experts, including doctors, researchers, patient advocates, and women who share your struggles, providing a multifaceted perspective on health issues. We discuss not only the condition itself but also what is known versus unknown, empowering you with strategies to effectively communicate with your healthcare provider and guidance on finding the right specialists for your needs.

Beyond the podcast, Fempower Health extends its support through a rich array of women's health resources available on our website. Stay connected and informed through our social media channels and newsletter, where we continue to share health tips for women and the latest developments in women's healthcare.

Our founder, Georgie Kovacs, is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the healthcare system, and brings a personal touch to Fempower Health. Having navigated her own health journey and advocated for her family through the intricacies of the healthcare system, she ensures that Fempower Health stands as a trustworthy and diligent advocate for women's health. This dedication is reflected in the rigorous vetting process for all guests, ensuring that you receive reliable, actionable information.

Join Fempower Health, the ultimate women's health podcast, as we explore, educate, and empower you to take control of your health journey. Here, we not only discuss what matters but also provide a path forward, breaking the silence on critical health issues and offering a community where you are seen, heard, and valued.

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Fempower Health | A Women's Health Podcast Georgie Kovacs

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to Fempower Health—where empowering women through every stage of life isn't just our mission; it's our passion.

Fempower Health is a beacon for women navigating the complex world of healthcare, providing a supportive platform where your voice is heard and your concerns are addressed with the compassion and understanding you deserve. Our podcast, a central hub for empowering information, is dedicated to women who find themselves on an exhausting quest for answers to their health questions and perhaps experience medical gaslighting. Whether you're in your reproductive years, facing the uncertainties of perimenopause, or navigating the challenges of post-menopause, Fempower Health is here to light the way forward.

Our content is meticulously designed with your needs in mind, focusing on essential women's health topics such as female reproductive health, managing menopause symptoms, autoimmune diseases, female cancers, endometriosis, and the journey of trying to conceive. We delve into often taboo topics like menstrual health, the complexities of perimenopause and menopause, and the critical balance of the gut and vaginal microbiome. Recognizing the holistic nature of health, we also cover women's mental health, pain management, pelvic health, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy and motherhood, thyroid disease, and female sexual health.

At Fempower Health, you'll gain access to world-renowned healthcare experts, including doctors, researchers, patient advocates, and women who share your struggles, providing a multifaceted perspective on health issues. We discuss not only the condition itself but also what is known versus unknown, empowering you with strategies to effectively communicate with your healthcare provider and guidance on finding the right specialists for your needs.

Beyond the podcast, Fempower Health extends its support through a rich array of women's health resources available on our website. Stay connected and informed through our social media channels and newsletter, where we continue to share health tips for women and the latest developments in women's healthcare.

Our founder, Georgie Kovacs, is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the healthcare system, and brings a personal touch to Fempower Health. Having navigated her own health journey and advocated for her family through the intricacies of the healthcare system, she ensures that Fempower Health stands as a trustworthy and diligent advocate for women's health. This dedication is reflected in the rigorous vetting process for all guests, ensuring that you receive reliable, actionable information.

Join Fempower Health, the ultimate women's health podcast, as we explore, educate, and empower you to take control of your health journey. Here, we not only discuss what matters but also provide a path forward, breaking the silence on critical health issues and offering a community where you are seen, heard, and valued.

📣 Get the latest women's health news via the weekly newsletter: https://fempowerhealth.beehiiv.com/subscribe

📲 Stay Connected: Follow Fempower Health for more engaging content, expert interviews, and resources on women's health and wellness on
🌐 Website: https://www.fempower-health.com
🔅 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fempowerhealth
🔅 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fempowerhealth
🔅Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/fempower_health
🔅TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/fempowerhealth

    Pain Relief for Endometriosis | Dr. Allyson Shrikhande

    Pain Relief for Endometriosis | Dr. Allyson Shrikhande

    Are there ways to find pain relief for endometriosis? Listen as Dr. Allyson Shrikhande shares her expert insights on a whole-person approach to pain management. 
    Episode Summary
    In this episode of Fempower Health, Georgie Kovacs hosts Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, a specialist in pelvic rehabilitation medicine. They explore the important topic of managing pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. 
    Dr. Shrikhande discusses the complex symptoms and challenges of diagnosing endometriosis, which often go beyond typical menstrual discomfort and can even affect areas such as bladder function and sexual health. They discuss innovative, non-surgical approaches to pain management, incorporating targeted treatments and lifestyle modifications. Listen to gain insights into holistic, patient-centered methods that make significant relief possible for those battling chronic pelvic pain.
    Key Discussion Points:
    The diverse and often misunderstood symptoms of endometriosisEndometriosis’ impact on the menstrual cycle, bladder, bowel functions, and pain during intercourseNon-surgical methods for pelvic pain management when living with endometriosis Why detecting endometriosis early can change the course of treatment and potentially lessen the need for invasive proceduresNerve and muscle rehabilitation treatment options that provide relief without the complications associated with surgeryBenefits of a whole-person approach to managing endometriosis, which includes nutritional support, behavioral health, and physical therapyDr. Shrikhande emphasizes the need for greater awareness and education about endometriosis among both healthcare providers and patients
    "There are a lot of myths about pain management. It’s not just about pain relief; it’s about restoring function and managing the disease holistically." - Dr. Allyson Shrikhande
    Related to this episode:
    Resources on Pelvic HealthRead Beating EndoTry Your Pace YogaLearn more about Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine and follow them on Instagram.Stay in touch with Dr Allyson Shrikhande and follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn.
    If you're passionate about advancing women's health, there are many ways you can support the Fempower Health Podcast. Here's how:
    Subscribe and Listen: Tune in to new episodes every Tuesday by subscribing to the Fempower Health Podcast on iTunes or Spotify or your favorite podcast platform. Your regular listenership is invaluable!Leave a Review: Help us grow by leaving a review on iTunes or a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7MyhmKQ9RfxODSMZwblnYP?si=b53127f76eca44d4" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 30 min
    Pelvic Floor After Hysterectomy: Preparation, Treatment, and Management | Dr. Jocelyn Wallace

    Pelvic Floor After Hysterectomy: Preparation, Treatment, and Management | Dr. Jocelyn Wallace

    Learn about the pelvic floor after hysterectomy as Dr. Jocelyn Wallace, Doctor of Physical Therapy and pelvic floor specialist, shares her insights.
    Episode Summary
    In this episode, Dr. Jocelyn Wallace, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and pelvic floor specialist, discusses the importance of the pelvic floor in women's health. She sheds light on the pelvic floor, especially in the context of hysterectomy. 
    Dr. Wallace talks about managing pelvic floor changes that can occur after a hysterectomy. She discusses the value of comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care, including strategies for preventing complications like pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Dr. Wallace also offers practical advice on pelvic floor therapy for women, lifestyle changes, and advocating for personalized care for the pelvic floor.
    Key Discussion Points on the Tie Between Hysterectomy and Pelvic Health:
    The fundamental role of the pelvic floor in supporting essential organs and maintaining women's health.Common pelvic floor exercises after hysterectomy and how to seek pelvic floor therapy.How a hysterectomy can affect pelvic floor function and increase the risk of complications like pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and sexual function.Why preoperative pelvic floor therapy is crucial for strengthening muscles and reducing potential complications post-surgery.The importance of a structured recovery plan including exercises, therapy, and lifestyle changes to optimize pelvic health after surgery.How to advocate for comprehensive pelvic care before and after a hysterectomy to find an approach that suits your unique health needs.Ways to navigate changes in sexual health post-hysterectomy.
    “A hysterectomy significantly changes the pelvic anatomy. It's crucial to be aware of these changes and their potential effects on bladder and bowel function.” - Dr Jocelyn Wallace
    Related to this episode:
    Resources on Pelvic HealthListen to Life Before and After Hysterectomy with Dr. Zoe RodriguezLearn more about Dr. Jocelyn Wallace and follow her on InstagramTake the Pelvic Floor Questionnaire
    If you're passionate about advancing women's health, there are many ways you can support the Fempower Health Podcast. Here's how:
    Subscribe and Listen: Tune in to new episodes every Tuesday by subscribing to the Fempower Health Podcast on iTunes or Spotify or your favorite podcast platform. Your regular listenership is invaluable!Leave a Review: Help us grow by leaving a review on iTunes or Spotify. Your feedback not only supports us but also helps others discover our podcast.Share with...

    • 38 min
    Life Before and After Hysterectomy | Dr. Zoe Rodriguez

    Life Before and After Hysterectomy | Dr. Zoe Rodriguez

    Listen as Dr. Zoe Rodriguez shares her medical and patient-advocating expertise about life before and after hysterectomy.
    Episode Summary
    Join Fempower Health as we discuss hysterectomies with Dr. Zoe Rodriguez, the Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 
    In this episode, we address the misconceptions, diverse cultural perspectives, and crucial insights surrounding hysterectomies. We talk about different hysterectomy options, recovery expectations, and the significant impact of surgical choices on women's health. Whether you are considering this procedure or seeking deeper understanding, this discussion offers valuable guidance to navigate your health decisions confidently.
    Key Takeaways
    The different types of hysterectomy surgery—including total, supracervical, and partial hysterectomy—and why it’s so important to know the different options.How cultural backgrounds influence perceptions of healthcare and surgical decisions, particularly within the Latina community.The importance of setting realistic expectations and being well-informed about post-surgical recovery, hormonal impacts, and sexuality after hysterectomy.Debunking common misconceptions that Western physicians are “eager to perform surgeries,” plus ethical considerations and patient-centric approaches adopted by modern medicine.Minimally invasive procedures for fibroids and other conditions that can be alternatives to hysterectomy.The role of informed consent and ensuring patients are fully aware of what their surgery entails, including the potential removal of ovaries and subsequent hormonal implications.Tips for patients on how to interact effectively with healthcare providers to ensure all their concerns are addressed.Dr. Rodriguez’s vision for accessible, high-quality healthcare for all, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
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    “I need you to really pay attention to your symptoms because that's the only way I'm gonna know. And if you are having symptoms, then I can provide you with these beautiful menopausal hormone therapies.”
    - Dr Zoe Rodriguez
    Related to this episode:
    Resources on Pelvic Health and Peri/MenopauseLearn about ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists): A leading organization in women's health care, providing guidelines and practice bulletins for medical practitioners.Learn about The Menopause Society: Likely referring to The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), which provides guidance and information on menopause management.Learn about ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine): An organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine, including fertility preservation.
    If you're passionate about advancing women's health, there are many ways you can support the Fempower Health Podcast. Here's how:
    Subscribe and Listen: Tune in to new episodes every Tuesday by subscribing to the Fempower Health Podcast on iTunes or a...

    • 37 min
    LISTEN AGAIN: When Intimacy Hurts: Navigating Solutions for Chronic Vulvar Pain | Dr. Jill Krapf

    LISTEN AGAIN: When Intimacy Hurts: Navigating Solutions for Chronic Vulvar Pain | Dr. Jill Krapf

    Listen as Dr. Jill Krapf shares insights about vulvodynia, a condition that affects millions of women with chronic vulvar pain.
    Episode Summary
    In this enlightening episode of the Fempower Health Podcast, host Georgie Kovacs sits down with Dr. Jill Krapf to discuss the complexities of vulvodynia, a condition affecting millions of women worldwide. Dr. Krapf explains the various aspects of vulvar pain, offering deep insights into its causes, symptoms, and possible treatments. Learn as she sheds light on a topic that’s often covered in mystery and misdiagnosis and empowers women with knowledge on how to address this condition.
    Key TakeawaysWhat is vulvodynia, how common is it, and how to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providersChallenges in diagnosing vulvodynia and stories of women who visit multiple healthcare providers without receiving proper careVulvodynia treatment and management options such as hormonal, physical, and nerve-related therapiesThe importance of improving women’s outcomes through education about sexual health symptoms, intimacy concerns, and vulva pain Ways to encourage dialogue between patients and healthcare professionalsHow to access vulvodynia specialists and other experts for individualized treatment Ways to make the most of available healthcare resources and develop a vulvodynia self-care plan
    Quote
    “When a woman comes to me and she says, 'I have burning, irritation, rawness, discomfort in this area, mainly with insertion, with intimacy, with sex,' but also, she may have discomfort at other times too—maybe inserting a tampon is uncomfortable, or maybe it's completely unprovoked, meaning you don't even have to touch the area, but just wearing tight clothing or simply sitting can be painful. These symptoms indicate a complexity that requires a thorough examination and personalized approach to treatment.” - Dr. Jill Krapf
    Related to this episode:
    Resources on Sexual HealthLearn more about Dr. Jill Krapf and follow her on InstagramLearn about Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders - Offers comprehensive information and resources on vulvar pain.Check out International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) - Provides educational resources for providers and patients.
    If you're passionate about advancing women's health, there are many ways you can support the Fempower Health Podcast. Here's how:
    Subscribe and Listen: Tune in to new episodes every Tuesday by subscribing to the Fempower Health Podcast on iTunes or Spotify or your favorite podcast platform. Your regular listenership is invaluable!Leave a Review: Help us grow by leaving a review on iTunes or Spotify. Your feedback not only supports us but also helps others discover our...

    • 46 min
    Fempower Health Digest: Honoring National Infertility Awareness Week | April 2024

    Fempower Health Digest: Honoring National Infertility Awareness Week | April 2024

    Episode Description:
    Join host Georgie Kovacs in this poignant episode of Fempower Health, as she shares her personal infertility journey during National Infertility Awareness Week. Georgie recounts her four-year quest to conceive, which involved navigating numerous healthcare systems, enduring misdiagnoses, and undergoing various fertility treatments until she finally became a mother. Alongside her compelling narrative, she answers frequently asked questions about infertility, and explores cutting-edge advancements in women's health and fertility. This episode offers a unique blend of personal experiences and professional insights, aimed at empowering listeners to advocate for effective fertility care.
    Key Takeaways:
    Early and Accurate Diagnosis in Infertility: Georgie's story emphasizes the necessity of receiving a timely and correct diagnosis when dealing with infertility issues. Her experiences highlight the significant impact of medical diligence and proactive healthcare.Self-Advocacy and Education in Fertility: Throughout her fertility journey, Georgie exemplified the need for patients to advocate for themselves and seek comprehensive information. Her proactive approach in demanding further testing and second opinions illustrates the importance of self-advocacy in fertility treatments.Diverse Fertility Treatment Options: Georgie explored an array of fertility solutions, from IVF and IUI to embryo banking and surgeries. Her journey underscores the need for personalized fertility treatment plans and the availability of multiple options to suit individual circumstances.Innovations in Fertility and Women's Health: The episode discusses technological advancements in fertility treatments, such as at-home IUI kits and fertility tracking applications. These innovations have revolutionized fertility management, offering new possibilities and greater control to individuals facing fertility challenges.Emotional Aspects of Infertility: The psychological impact of infertility is a central theme in Georgie’s discussion. She talks about the emotional challenges, societal pressures, and the importance of finding support through resources like Resolve: The National Infertility Association. This takeaway stresses the need for emotional support and community in navigating infertility.
    This episode not only sheds light on the complex and often heartbreaking journey towards parenthood but also offers valuable insights and resources for those navigating similar paths.
    Mentioned in this episode: / Resources:
    Fempower Health’s resources on infertility and trying to conceiveOrganizations providing trusted resources and support: American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Resolve: The National Infertility AssociationExamples of fertility tracking tools/devices: PROOV, OOVA and Mira Fertility At-home kit for IUI - Mosie BabyRecent podcast episodes: Listen hereBook recommendations: a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/fempowerhealth" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 29 min
    Women With ADHD: Late Diagnosis, Hormonal Changes, and Symptom Management | Dr. Maggie Sibley

    Women With ADHD: Late Diagnosis, Hormonal Changes, and Symptom Management | Dr. Maggie Sibley

    Dr. Maggie Sibley explains the often-misunderstood reality of women with ADHD, from evaluation and treatment to symptom management and hormonal changes.
    Episode Summary
    In this fascinating episode of Fempower Health, Georgie Kovacs is joined by Dr. Maggie Sibley, a renowned women’s ADHD specialist and researcher. As a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Sibley shares her research-based knowledge and unique perspective on the often overlooked and misunderstood topic of ADHD in adult women. 
    Listen as we discuss the complexities of ADHD beyond childhood, the relationship between ADHD and hormones in women with attention disorders, and practical strategies for managing ADHD symptoms across different life stages.
    Key Discussion Points:
    Common misconceptions about ADHD being a children’s condition and the reality of how symptoms persist into adulthood.Research on the trajectory of ADHD from adolescence to adulthood and why it’s so important to recognize ADHD in adults.How ADHD symptoms in women manifest differently than men, including internalized symptoms like inattention and executive dysfunction. Connections between societal expectations of women and why ADHD often goes undiagnosed in women until later in life.How women’s hormonal changes impact regions in the brain that are associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.Ways to treat and manage adult ADHD, including lifestyle modifications, medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and personal coping strategies. The importance of structure, routine, exercise, and healthy diet for effective ADHD symptom management. Tips for navigating the healthcare system during the evaluation stage and treatment plans after diagnosis to ensure specialized care for women with ADHD.The importance of community support and further research for women with ADHD.
    “Estrogen interacts with dopamine in the brain, which can significantly impact ADHD symptoms, especially during hormonal transitions like perimenopause.” - Dr. Margaret Sibley
    Related to this episode:
    Resources on Mental HealthRelated episode: Living With ADHD: Your Brain’s Not BrokenLearn more about Dr Margaret SibleyCHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): This is the major advocacy organization for ADHD, providing support, resources, and community connections for both children and adults.ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association): This organization focuses on the adult ADHD community, offering tools, resources, and networking opportunities for adults dealing with ADHD.Psychology Today: A resource for finding therapists who specialize in ADHD and other psychological conditions. Dr. Sibley recommends using their therapist finder tool to locate experts who specialize in cognitive behavioral approaches and other treatments for ADHD.
    If you're passionate about advancing women's health, there are many ways you can support the Fempower Health Podcast. Here's how:
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    • 42 min

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