48 episodes

Welcome Gynocurious listeners,

I am Dr. Amy Novatt, board certifiecd ob-gyn, your host of GynoCurious. With each program we are going to explore the experience of being an ob-gyn, the science that guides our practices and the stories women- cis, trans and nonbinary, have shared as they seek health and wellness. From both sides of the speculum we will investigate what it means to be a healer and to be healed.

I have been reflecting on 32 plus years of practice; thinking about all that I have learned, heard and thought about and wanted to bring it to a larger audience. This will not be a medical show that tells you how much estrogen you should take or the scientific method used to evaluate data but instead, a conversation about the larger canvas looking at what its like to be a medical professional working with women and how patients experience the world of ob-gyn.


What is it like sitting in the exam room with a thin sheet of paper covering your naked body? What has been the impact of a cancer diagnosis?
What it is like to go through the menopause?….These are just a few examples of conversations I hope to bring to you.

My intention is not to expose my patients personal histories but rather use their stories as stepping stones to explore many aspects of our bodies, our psyches and the landscape of the medical world.

In a time when most of us are frustrated by the American medical system; with the challenges of limited access, financial limitations, gender and racial discrepancies in care, the insurance morass and a host of other hurdles; my hope is that GynoCurious creates a community of guests and listeners that bring us all closer- to openly explore and understand the experience of illness and health and to break open decades of silence, misunderstanding and shame for having a vagina.

We are going to talk about our fears, sexual explorations and aging adventures with respect, inquiry and science.

For me, knowledge and awareness brings awe, authority and autonomy.

This podcast represents the opinions of Dr. Novatt and her guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

While we make every effort to ensure that the information shared is accurate, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or corrections.

This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony.  No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.

In no way does listening, reading, emailing or interacting on social media with our content establish a doctor-patient relationship.

Dr.Novatt does not receive any money from the pharmaceutical industry.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Welcome Gynocurious listeners,

I am Dr. Amy Novatt, board certifiecd ob-gyn, your host of GynoCurious. With each program we are going to explore the experience of being an ob-gyn, the science that guides our practices and the stories women- cis, trans and nonbinary, have shared as they seek health and wellness. From both sides of the speculum we will investigate what it means to be a healer and to be healed.

I have been reflecting on 32 plus years of practice; thinking about all that I have learned, heard and thought about and wanted to bring it to a larger audience. This will not be a medical show that tells you how much estrogen you should take or the scientific method used to evaluate data but instead, a conversation about the larger canvas looking at what its like to be a medical professional working with women and how patients experience the world of ob-gyn.


What is it like sitting in the exam room with a thin sheet of paper covering your naked body? What has been the impact of a cancer diagnosis?
What it is like to go through the menopause?….These are just a few examples of conversations I hope to bring to you.

My intention is not to expose my patients personal histories but rather use their stories as stepping stones to explore many aspects of our bodies, our psyches and the landscape of the medical world.

In a time when most of us are frustrated by the American medical system; with the challenges of limited access, financial limitations, gender and racial discrepancies in care, the insurance morass and a host of other hurdles; my hope is that GynoCurious creates a community of guests and listeners that bring us all closer- to openly explore and understand the experience of illness and health and to break open decades of silence, misunderstanding and shame for having a vagina.

We are going to talk about our fears, sexual explorations and aging adventures with respect, inquiry and science.

For me, knowledge and awareness brings awe, authority and autonomy.

This podcast represents the opinions of Dr. Novatt and her guests. The content here should not be taken as medical advice. The content here is for informational purposes only, and because each person is so unique, please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions.

While we make every effort to ensure that the information shared is accurate, we welcome any comments, suggestions, or corrections.

This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony.  No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.

In no way does listening, reading, emailing or interacting on social media with our content establish a doctor-patient relationship.

Dr.Novatt does not receive any money from the pharmaceutical industry.

    Vulva Views - Eating Disorders

    Vulva Views - Eating Disorders

    In this episode of "Vulva Views," hosts Amy Novatt, MD and Allison Chawla, a psychotherapist and alternative healer, delve deep into the complexities of eating disorders with their guest, Tabitha Limotte, a family therapist specializing in eating disorders. The conversation spans the psychological and physiological facets of eating disorders, the multiple misconceptions surrounding them, and the challenges of treatment and recovery. Tabitha discusses the importance of specialized care and the multifaceted causes behind eating disorders, which often go beyond mere body image issues to address underlying emotional and psychological factors.

    The hosts and their guest review how to recognize the signs and symptoms of different eating disorders, understanding their often deep-rooted origins, and the intricate and long-term process of recovery. The episode emphasizes the role of family support, professional intervention, and a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to individuals struggling with these conditions. Vulva Views and Tabitha discuss the need to dispel common myths and foster greater empathy and awareness, highlighting the profound impact that a supportive environment can have on the journey to recovery.

    National Eating Disorders Association Helpline
    800-931-2237
    https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline

    National Alliance on Mental Health: Family-to-Family Programs
    https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-to-Family

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    • 55 min
    Miscarriages

    Miscarriages

    About 1 in 100 women experience recurrent miscarriages (3 or more in a row). Theresa tells us about her multiple miscarriages and challenges getting pregnant. Using many modalities to help heal and despite addressing deep seated emotional barriers she eventually had her son only after a surrogate egg transfer.
    Moving through infertility as an older woman brings many obstacles and difficult choices. Theresa faced tremendous grief yet stayed grounded and aware and communicative with her partner and eventually rejoiced in the birth of her son.

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    • 55 min
    A Perspective on Family Planning

    A Perspective on Family Planning

    Dr. Rachel Masch s a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai medical school and is board certified in Complex Family Planning. She is the co Medical Director of the division of family planning at Mt sinai Beth Israel in NYC. She has a masters in public health from Columbia University and serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Basic Health International (BHI), a nonprofit organization that works toward eradicating cervical cancer worldwide.
    Dr. Masch helps GynoCurious examine the state of family planning and abortion services in the US. The very fluid legislative activity in the US, both federal and state wide , have led to changes in the family planning community and the state of education for OB-GYN residents and certainly for women seeking the whole range of services that family planning organizations provide.

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhinecliff

    • 48 min
    Vulva Views - Feminine Hygiene

    Vulva Views - Feminine Hygiene

    Amy and Allison discuss the billion dollar industry in feminine products promoting vaginal/vulvar hygiene. They review that clean vaginas are not necessarily healthy ones. They speak about the ways in which the vaginal Ph and the microbiome can be interrupted. With a sense of humor and science they explore the long standing media messages that imply vaginas are dirty and our need to vigilantly clean them.

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhinecliff

    • 35 min
    Menopause

    Menopause

    Virginia Reath, PA and GynoCurious continue their series on the menopause. Reviewing symptoms and perceptions about this time in women's lives are discussed. The benefits and the challenges, the variation in each individuals experience and the treatments that can be discussed with your clinician are all a part of their conversation.

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    • 35 min
    Birthing with midwives

    Birthing with midwives

    Jenna Smith, CM and Katie Guernsey, CNM speak with GynoCurious about their lives as midwives. They describe the arc of their professional choices, the impact and perspectives gained by their own child birth experiences and the challenges of working in todays medical environs.
    From both sides of the speculum, Jenna and Katie review how professional and personal experiences inform each other. Both women describe their first deliveries; comparing and contrasting how knowledge and experience impacted those birthing events.

    https://www.webmd.com/baby/what-is-a-midwife-twins
    https://findcare.nuvancehealth.org/provider/Jenna+L.+Smith+Stout/1747551
    https://findcare.nuvancehealth.org/provider/Kathryn+S.+Guernsey/1746621

    Questions of comments?
    Call 845-307-7446 or email comments@radiofreerhinecliff.org

    Produced by Jennifer Hammoud and Matty Rosenberg @ Radio Free Rhiniecliff

    • 1 hr 7 min

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