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

Fempower Health Georgie Kovacs

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

    Exploring the Relationship between Love and Death | Dr. Jordana Jacobs

    Exploring the Relationship between Love and Death | Dr. Jordana Jacobs

    Dr. Jordana Jacobs, a clinical psychologist based out of New York City. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Jacobs gives presentations and leads retreats aimed towards helping people accept inevitable mortality so that they are able to live and love more fully. 

    In this episode, Dr Jacobs speaks about the following:

    Why we struggle to live our lives to the fullest

    Correlation between the fear of death and living fully

    Importance of courage and what that means


    “We can become quite complacent in our deep and meaningful connections. We want to believe the people most important to us will be here forever because we are terrified of losing them.” - Dr. Jordana Jacobs

    Follow Dr Jordana Jacobs on Instagram and check out her website.

    Resources:

    Recommended reading on mental health


    If the Buddha Dated

    Four Thousand Weeks

    Breakup Bootcamp

    How to Change your Mind

    After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

    The Five Invitations


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    **The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent.**

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    About Dr. Jordana Jacobs
    Dr. Jordana Jacobs is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her approach is integrative, combining psychodynamic and existential therapy into her treatment of patients. Dr. Jacobs’ training at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with terminally ill cancer patients, her studies in Northern India, and her Vipassana meditation practice inspired her research on the relationship between death awareness and love. Her dissertation, entitled “Till Death do us Part: The Effect of Mortality Salience on Satisfaction in Long-term Romantic Relationships” specifically explored the ways in which priming for death has the potential to increase intimacy in partnerships.

    • 38 min
    Do At-home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shirkhande

    Do At-home Pelvic Floor Exercisers Really Work? | Dr. Allyson Shirkhande

    The pelvic floor plays an important role supporting the bowel and bladder (as well as the uterus and vagina in females). Hormone changes due to pregnancy and peri/menopause and other factors can impact their function. Several at-home devices are now on the market to support the pelvic floor, but do they help you? And if so, which is right for you? Enter Dr. Allyson Shrikhande.

    Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chief Medical Officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. A leading expert on pelvic health and a respected researcher, author and lecturer, Dr. Shrikhande is a recognized authority on male and female pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment. 

    We discuss the following:


    Do electronic pelvic floor devices work?

    What are the limitations of at-home pelvic floor devices?

    How to afford these devices

    How to know if your device is helping or hurting

    How Pelvic Rehabilitation Center is trying to increase access to care

    What does FDA approval for classified medical devices mean?


    We cover the following pelvic floor-related devices, tools, and exercises.

    Elvie

    Perifit

    K-fit

    Flyte

    Innovo

    Elitone

    Thigh master-like devices

    Jade eggs


    Kegel weights 

    Exercises like yoga, pilates, hypopressives



    “Listen to your body. If your symptoms are getting better, you are on the right path. Before using these devices, get an evaluation, if you can, by a pelvic floor specialist.” - Dr. Allyson Shrikhande

    Follow Pelvic Rehabilitation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

    Resources:

    Dustienne Miller Yoga

    Adriene’s Yoga

    Pelvic Floor Podcast Playlist

    Pelvic Floor Resources

    Yoga for Incontinence

    Yoga for Postpartum


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    About Dr. Allyson Shrikhande
    Dr. Shrikhande, a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, is the Chief Medical Officer of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine. She is also the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society. Dr. Shrikhande is passionate about this cause and dedicated to helping men and women with pelvic pain who often suffer without anyone willing to listen, understand or find the cause of their pain. That’s why she has traveled the world to work with expert gynecologists, urologists, physiatrists and interventional pain physicians. With an extensive background in mainstream clinical medicine, she also makes use of many alternatives, holistic and homeopathic approaches. She has published peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of muscle pain in academic journals and works closely with renowned pelvic pain gynecologists and urologists. Taking a team approach, she works with specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy, kinetics and movement, as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, cognitive behavioral therapists and functional medicine physicians. Dr. Allyson Shrikhande currently teaches fall and spring remote courses at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

    • 46 min
    IBS: Navigating Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Difficult Healthcare System | Dr. Peter Whorwell

    IBS: Navigating Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Difficult Healthcare System | Dr. Peter Whorwell

    Dr. Peter Whorwell, author of Take Control of your IBS, directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service and has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders. His unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK. 

    In honor of April’s IBS Awareness Month, dive into IBS and complications around diagnosis and treatment. Given Dr. Whorwell’s book provides a lot of the foundations and is a quick read, we dove into some of the topics he did not go deep into in the book.  We do cover some foundations.

    You will learn this…


    Challenges with modern medicine impacting IBS diagnosis and how tests don’t solve everything

    Typical IBS symptoms and how IBS symptoms are unique from other possible conditions

    Research conducted about endometriosis vs IBS

    Another perspective on endo belly

    Caution around understanding symptoms, especially around your period versus throughout menstrual cycle so you are not treated for the wrong thing

    Why HRT can play a critical role for IBS patients in perimenopause and post menopause

    Bloating vs distension

    Gut microbiome and IBS relationship

    Whether comprehensive stool analysis is worth it

    IBS and the impact of fiber

    Whether laxatives damage the bowel


    “I can’t cure you, but I can make life better for you.  IBS won’t be cured, at least not in my lifetime”  - Dr. Peter Whorwell

    Resources:


    Take Control of your IBS book

    Other IBS resources



    Gut Health Podcast Episode


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    About Dr. Peter Whorwell
    Professor Whorwell graduated in biochemistry at the University of London and in medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London. After a series of residencies and fellowships, one of which was in the USA, he was appointed as Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester in 1981 and was subsequently promoted to Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology. Over the years he has had a particular interest in the functional gastrointestinal disorders and now directs the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service. This unit undertakes research into the clinical, epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of functional gastrointestinal disorders as well as caring for large numbers of these patients from all over the UK. It also undertakes a wide-ranging programme of research into new treatment options for these conditions including pharmacological, dietary and behavioral approaches.

    Professor Whorwell has published over 350 papers and chapters in his fields of interest and serves on a number of international advisory panels and working parties.

    • 54 min
    Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

    Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden

    Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden are back on the podcast. In this episode, they discuss why ovulation, rather than our period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. It is an important and interesting discussion shedding light on important concepts that impact women of all ages.  
    We cover the following:

    What happens during ovulation and why is it so important?

    What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation?

    The importance of estrogen and progesterone and how they impact ovulation

    How ovulation tracking works

    Is it possible to have regular cycles and not ovulate?

    What are the signs that you are not ovulating?

    How to know if you are making too much estrogen

    What is a normal luteal phase?

    Can you take birth control as a teenager?


    “What matters is releasing an egg, making progesterone, and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. They are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior

    Resources:
    Curated resources to support Menstrual Health
    Spotify Podcast Playlist on Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health
    Blog Posts from CeMCOR:

    For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery

    Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women?

    Follow #RighttoOvulate
    Dr. Lara Briden’s Books:


    Period Repair Manual 

    Hormone Repair Manual


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    About Dr. Jerilynn Prior
    Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC (former ABIM, ABEM) is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures and bone mineral density and has followed over 9000 adult women and men across the country for over 19 years, plus about a 1000 younger women and men aged 16-24 for two years.

    About Dr. Lara Briden
    Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual— practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones. 
    With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. 
    She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.

    • 50 min
    Genetic Testing Before and During Pregnancy | Jennifer Saucier

    Genetic Testing Before and During Pregnancy | Jennifer Saucier

    Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) provides insight into the risk of a fetal genetic abnormality, and can help inform pregnancy management before and after birth. However, the value of genetic screening is dependent on whether results are interpreted correctly, appropriate medical follow-up, and access to relevant resources. 

    Genetic counselors help to ensure that NIPT is translated into better prenatal care. However, many women who receive NIPT do not visit a genetic counselor. 

    In this episode, Jennifer Saucier, board-certified genetic counselor who currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Genetic Services at Natera, discusses:


    What is the difference between carrier screening and prenatal screening and diagnostic testing?

    Who needs prenatal screening, and what week is prenatal screening?

    Why should patients ask for these screening tests?

    Does insurance usually cover NIPT? Carrier screening?

    The future of screening: Can we test for risk of addiction? Can science lead us to gene editing or alteration and if so, what does this mean?

    What does a genetic counselor do?

    How do you find a genetic counselor?



    That first OB appointment expectant parents have is so overwhelming. Your healthcare provider gives a lot of information in a short period of time. - Jennifer Saucier 

    Resources:
    Spotify Podcast Playlist on Pregnancy
    Find a Genetic Counselor

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    **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. 

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    About Jennifer Saucier
    Jennifer Saucier is a board-certified genetic counselor who currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Genetic Services at Natera where she oversees a large team of laboratory genetic counselors, telehealth genetic counselors and genetic counseling assistants. Prior to joining Natera, Ms. Saucier gained invaluable experience in all areas of genetic testing (prenatal, pediatrics, cancer and laboratory) working as the sole genetic counselor at a large rural university hospital and later at several maternal fetal medicine offices in Austin, Texas. Ms. Saucier graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Genetics and has a M.S. in Genetic Counseling from The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. 

    • 45 min
    Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): A Conversation We Must Have | Dr Amita Jassi & Rachel Koutnik

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): A Conversation We Must Have | Dr Amita Jassi & Rachel Koutnik

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects about 1 in 50 people. This means that more than 5 million people to nearly 10 million people in the United States alone have BDD. The body dysmorphia advocacy group, BDD, connected me to Dr. Amita Jassi and Rachel Koutnik, LCSW.

    In this episode, we cover the following body dysmorphia questions and answers:

    Body Dysmorphia Definition, including how similar or dissimilar it is to anorexia and bulimia

    Body Dysmorphia Test

    Body Dysmorphia Symptoms

    Body Dysmorphia and Social Media

    How to help someone with Body Dysmorphia



    The relationship to the routines that I had was an issue and nobody caught it. The meaning I made was an issue and nobody caught it. I believed what I believed internally. - Rachel Koutnik

    Resources:

    Body Dysmorphia Quiz

    Body Dysmorphia Support

    Mental Health Book Recommendations


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    About Dr. Amita Jassi
    Dr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). She has worked with this client group since 2006. Amita is the lead for the BDD branch of the service as well as the research lead for the clinic. This is the only specialist service for young people with BDD in the UK.
     
    In her clinical role, she develops and delivers individually-tailored treatment packages, including intensive, home-based and inpatient treatment, as well as offering consultation and joint work with clinicians around the country.
     
    Amita has taught and trained nationally and internationally on child and adolescent OCD and BDD. She is the author of several books including ‘Appearance Anxiety: a Guide to Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder for Young People, Families and Professionals’ and ‘The Parents’ Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder’. She has She has over 35 publications in peer reviewed journals on OCD and BDD and engages in media work to increase awareness and understanding of these conditions. Amita is also a trustee for the BDD Foundation charity.

    About Rachel Koutnik
    Rachel Koutnik, LCSW is a therapist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Rachel has been a practicing therapist for 12 years with a background in community counseling with children, adults and families, and emergency room crisis work. She currently works with teens, adults and couples providing outpatient therapy, as well as part time work with adults in an intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery center. Rachel identifies as a wounded healer and has also been in recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other mental health struggles for the past 20 years. Her own healing journey has led to her integrative approach of evidence based and holistic healing methods.

    • 44 min

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