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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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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.

    Why Women Must Be Aware of Celiac Disease and Myths & Facts Around Gluten | Alice Bast

    Why Women Must Be Aware of Celiac Disease and Myths & Facts Around Gluten | Alice Bast

    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 Episodes
    Could Your Unresolved Symptoms Be a Thyroid Condition?Could Unexplained Infertility Finally be Explained with this Test?Miscarriage and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
    Resources
    Celiac 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 Bast
    Alice 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. 

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    • 49 min
    Your Sex Questions Answered | Dr Michael Krychman

    Your Sex Questions Answered | Dr Michael Krychman

    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 Episodes
    Dr 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 Way

    Resources
    Dipsea 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 Krychman
    Michael 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. 

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    • 46 min
    Five Tips to Support Your Fertility you Won't Find on Dr Google | Dr Aumatma

    Five Tips to Support Your Fertility you Won't Find on Dr Google | Dr Aumatma

    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 episodes
    Ovulation & 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 Aumatma
    Dr. 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. 

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    • 35 min
    Dispelling Myths about Your Menstrual Cycle Through Data | Amy Divaraniya

    Dispelling Myths about Your Menstrual Cycle Through Data | Amy Divaraniya

    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 episodes
    Ovulation & 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 Divaraniya
    Dr. Amy Divaraniya is the CEO and Co-Founder of OOVA, a women’s health company. She has
    more than 10 years of experience as a data scientist and has both led and published original
    research in the areas of personal genomics and biomarker discovery. Her solid understanding of biology and being able to apply complex analyses have led to innovative projects in the
    healthcare space. 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 release of their product. OOVA 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 befor
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    • 40 min
    Fertility Treatments: Navigating the Exorbitant Costs | Barb Collura of RESOLVE

    Fertility Treatments: Navigating the Exorbitant Costs | Barb Collura of RESOLVE

    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 mandatesFertility Innovation Summit - Use code SPEAK 10 for 10% offRelated episodes
    The 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 Collura
    Barbara 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 doct
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    • 48 min
    How to Talk to Your Doctor | Christie VanHorne

    How to Talk to Your Doctor | Christie VanHorne

    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 your doctor appointmentsHow to have the right conversation to optimize your 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 & related episodes:
    Courses for patients, parents, and professionalsFind a DoctorPrepare for Doctor AppointmentDr Alyson McGregor | Sex Matters in Healthcare: What Women Need to Know and Do About ItAimee Raupp | It’s NOT Your Genetics, It’s Your Lifestyle: Unpacking the Science of EpigeneticsDr Jill Krapf | Pain with Sex? What You Can Do About ItHow 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.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 Christie VanHorne
    Christie 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
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Gabriella I. ,

Incredible Insights on Women’s Health

After years of experiencing peri menopausal symptoms (and not knowing I was entering this stage of my life so early!), this podcast finally helped me connect the dots and understand why I was suffering so much in recent years. Georgie is a pro in interviewing: she asks pointed questions and keeps the conversations on topic, and does so with such ease and natural flow. The episodes look at women’s health from a non traditional, holistic angle, and they cover a wide range of issues that most gynecologists don’t have the time, the willingness, and/or often the knowledge to talk about. I highly recommend this podcast to any woman who wants to know her body, understand how she can take the best care of it, and what questions to ask when she seeks professional help from a doctor.

Joy Youell ,

Expert insight you can trust

This is an incredibly diverse podcast. What all guests have in common is that they are experts in their field, which makes the Fempower Health podcast pretty unique. It isn't "just" one thing and doesn't "just" address women with certain conditions or in certain seasons of life. There is a really holistic view of the innerconnectedness of a woman's body - well, just look at the episode titles to see the impressive ground Georgie covers. Definitely recommend any woman, mom, aunt, grandma, etc. listen to this. Very useful content you can trust.

KillerTofu4 ,

Great balanced education with info you can use now

I’m perimenopausal and wanting to get more educated on my own health but specifically my hormones. These podcasts are great to listen to on the go so I can make better choices and feel healthier and better in each monthly cycle and my life cycle as a whole. Thank you!

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