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If you’re a woman who wants to take charge of her health, learning about your body and how to self-advocate in today’s healthcare system is crucial. In these honest conversations with global women’s health experts, the Fempower Health Podcast reveals eye-opening discoveries in the latest research, innovation, and FemTech. 

Every week, we discuss important women’s health topics including hormones, sex, mental health, period issues, birth control, the menstrual cycle, pleasure, and fertility. Listen to clear up common misunderstandings and access the resources every woman deserves. We’re here to help educate and empower you to become the CEO of your health.

Fempower Health | A Women's Health Podcast Georgie Kovacs

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 31 Ratings

If you’re a woman who wants to take charge of her health, learning about your body and how to self-advocate in today’s healthcare system is crucial. In these honest conversations with global women’s health experts, the Fempower Health Podcast reveals eye-opening discoveries in the latest research, innovation, and FemTech. 

Every week, we discuss important women’s health topics including hormones, sex, mental health, period issues, birth control, the menstrual cycle, pleasure, and fertility. Listen to clear up common misunderstandings and access the resources every woman deserves. We’re here to help educate and empower you to become the CEO of your health.

    Emerging Femtech for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month | Oriana Papin-Zoghbi

    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


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    Visit us online at www.fempower-health.com 


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    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**

    • 34 min
    How to Manage and Reverse PCOS | Dr. Fiona McCulloch

    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: info@fempower-health.com




    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**

    • 54 min
    Preview: New Episodes Fall 2022

    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: info@fempower-health.com

    • 5 min
    LISTEN AGAIN: Why Your Ovulation Phase is Critical for Your Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

    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**

    • 50 min
    An Innovation for Predicting Pregnancy Complications | Dr. Michal Elovitz

    An Innovation for Predicting Pregnancy Complications | Dr. Michal Elovitz

    Dr. Michal Elovitz, Chief Medical Advisor of Mirvie, 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, and both founded and directed the Womxn's Health Collaborative. She has strong professional skills in Perinatal Medicine, Molecular Biology, Reproductive Immunology Microbiome, Pregnancy, Healthcare, Biomarkers, Discovery Research, Clinical Research, and Translational Research.
    In this episode, Dr. Elovitz speaks with Fempower Health on an innovation Mirvie is currently focused on: preventing pregnancy complications, in particular, preeclampsia (dangerous blood pressure elevation during pregnancy).
    Despite the U.S. having the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries, health risks in pregnancy have remained understudied, underfunded, and underserved. 
    Pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, preterm birth, and gestational diabetes impact 1 in 5 women. But with no accurate way to predict these conditions before symptoms appear, both moms and babies enter crisis mode when diagnosed in their third trimester.
    Dr. Elovitz explains one of those complications, preeclampsia, and explores how better screening can help.
    Discussed in this episode:

    What is preeclampsia?

    Preeclampsia risk factors and long-term effects

    Blood tests that predict potential complications during pregnancy 

    How the Mirvie RNA platform works to detect early complications 

    What is the benefit of having a Mirvie test over regular blood pressure tests in pregnancy? 

    The future of science with innovative testing for pregnant women

    Making information and data more accessible to advocate for pregnancy health


    “There have 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

    Related to this episode:

    Episode With Dr. Joanne Stone: Preventing the Preventable During Pregnancy


    Follow Mirvie on LinkedIn and Twitter 

    Follow Dr. Elovitz on Twitter @docelovitz 

    Read about Genetic Testing During Pregnancy


    Listen to more episodes about Pregnancy 


    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:

    Reach out to info@fempower-health.com for inquiries about supporting the show.

    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!

     
    **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**

    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. 

    • 22 min
    LISTEN AGAIN: Preventing the Most Preventable Cancer

    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

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

reladel ,

Teaching me so much

Listening to Georgie is like listening to the friend who knows every issue I’ve ever questioned. From orgasms to menopause, she covers everything in a thoughtful, non-intimidating way. She’s helped me embrace my own sexuality and helped me enjoy my body… and the beautifully diverse bodies around me.

Sarahc108 ,

Not the most scientific

This podcast is not for those interested in feminine health grounded in the scientific method. It has an obvious bias toward “natural” medicine. Consequently, there is a lot of discussion of favorite naturopathic topics like autoimmune sensitivity, diets, hormone “repair,” and thyroid disease. I do appreciate that she comes from a feminist perspective, but I am allergic to pseudoscience, so I do not find this podcast particularly helpful or informative.

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Grateful

Thank you for a great listen! I learned so much from “Hormone Repair After 40” and I appreciate all the work that you do putting this podcast together. Looking forward to hearing more. :)

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