“In the Ladies’ Room with Dr. Donnica” is the only public ladies' room you can enter any time without ever waiting on line! Hosted by women’s health expert and media commentator Donnica Moore MD, the podcast will feature real conversations, with real women, about really intimate issues. They may be embarrassing, sad or funny, but they will always be
interesting & informative. You know, like the best conversations you've ever had in ladies' rooms with your best friends. . .or total strangers. . .and a physician!
With a wide variety of guests with “been there, done that” expertise, Dr. Donnica discusses the health and wellness topics women often talk with her about in the ladies’ room. . . after speaking engagements, media
briefings, at events, or just because they happen to be chatting anonymously while waiting on line or over the sink. Generally, these topics tend to be things that are embarrassing; issues Dr. Donnica calls “the Toilet Talk topics” (anything related to bowel or bladder issues, gas, bodily functions, periods, discharges, etc.); questions related to sex and intimacy; subjects women are uncomfortable discussing in public or in “mixed company”; challenges women are struggling with; or anything top of mind or in the news. In each topic, we add our Top Tips about that topic as well as a call to action.
148: Fibroid Facts with Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD.
Most women have heard of fibroids—and most women will have them—so let’s talk about Fibroid Facts! Fibroids are the most common type of non-cancerous tumors in women. But just because they aren’t cancer doesn’t mean they are “benign”: they can be asymptomatic, but more often, they can cause a wide range of physical symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding and an overall reduced quality of life.
Uterine fibroids occur in more than 80% of African American women and nearly 70% of Caucasian women by the time they are 50 years old. Fibroids are also the leading reason for hysterectomies performed in the U.S.
My guest today, Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell knows a lot about fibroids, both personally & professionally. She is a practicing, Board-certified ob-gyn and section head of women’s services at Ochsner Kenner in New Orleans. She is the Medical Director of programs with the LA Department of Health as well as an associate professor and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Uterine Fibroids.
She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College and completed her residency training at Ochsner Health System. She also earned a Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additionally, she has received certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
147: Embracing the Brain-Body Connection with Lisa Charles
Did you ever meet someone at a meeting & immediately decide that you want to get to know this person better? That you want them to be on your team? That’s how I felt when I met Lisa Charles several years ago when we were both speakers at Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs’ annual women’s health conference. It’s no surprise that this inspirational speaker is known as “Coach Lisa”. She’s the CEO of Embrace Your Fitness, a health & wellness consultancy. She has walked the talk, having to overcome her own health & weight management challenges. She’s a life coach who has also had an incredible diversity of life experiences from being a state and federal prosecutor for more than a decade, becoming a jazz and opera singer and actor, and then changing lanes to focus on health & fitness. She is the Research Coordinator for the Rutgers University Aging and Brain Health Alliance & today adds 2 new accolades to her resume: she is a new author of the motivational book “Yes! Commit. Do. Live.” And she is my official new health & fitness trainer.
146: Private Packs for your Private Parts with Suzanne Sinatra
In case anyone ever wondered if LinkedIn actually works, the answer is YES! I learned about today’s guest through a LinkedIn post about Suzanne Sinatra being named to the Forbes 1000 List which recognizes bold and inspiring entrepreneurs on their way to breakthrough success. And she is well on her way with the launch of her company “Private Packs”. I immediately invited her to join us In the Ladies’ Room!
Private Packs is a consumer products company that makes wearable, reusable hot and cold packs to relieve pain, swelling, and discomfort in the lady parts on-the-go.
Suzanne is a pioneer in the SexTech and FemTech spaces. In addition to making the Forbes 100 list, she has been honored by Yotpo’s 2020 Amazing Women in E-Commerce.
Through her exciting entrepreneurial journey, Suzanne was also forced to embark on a journey no one wants: battling breast cancer. She now describes herself as a proud breast cancer survivor, who is committed to helping other women by sharing her story to raise awareness about women’s health and sexual wellness.
Originally from Toronto, Suzanne served in the Royal Canadian Armed Forces where she was one of three women in Canada selected for a highly competitive Aircrew Search and Survival course. She is also a skilled markswoman.
145: From Hell to Challah with Shari Wallack
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve been asking each of our guests to describe their personal and professional pandemic experiences. Today’s guest, Shari Wallack sums it up in the title of her new book, “From Hell To Challah”. As the founder of Buy The Sea, the largest and most decorated cruise and all-inclusive brokerage company in the industry, Shari experienced a mind-numbing professional crash in one day when cruise ships stopped sailings & her days became filled with arranging refunds for her clients rather than bookings. Her adult children came home to roost & with increasing anxiety, depression and despair Shari just wanted to run away from home. Unfortunately, the first stop on her journey was an involuntary commitment to a mental hospital. The rest of the story—3 months of travel & cooking in far-flung kitchens-- is far more uplifting.
144: Here for Her Health: How Listening to Women Fuels Women’s Health Innovation
So here’s a novel concept: a new pharmaceutical company focused on women’s health has launched with the strategy of actually LISTENING to women! Their strategy is to put women at the center of everything they do—and not just their customers. 70% of their Board of Directors—including the Chairman of the Board—are women.
Another company leader, Organon’s Head of Research & Development, Dr. Sandra Milligan is our guest today. We have a broad agenda planned including talking about how she got here--& why she went to both medical and law school first. We’re also going to discuss Organon’s “Here for Her Health” campaign & how you can share your voice; why a new kind of women’s health pharmaceutical company is needed now; How our understanding and appreciation of wellness/healthcare has evolved in a near post-COVID world; and her perspective on Innovation in women’s health – the current state of it and what’s needed. And because we’re both women physicians of a certain age, we’re going to discuss our own experiences with menopause, as well as some other women’s health topics that remain overlooked, misunderstood, & undertreated ranging from post partum hemorrhage to endometriosis.
Before joining Organon, Dr. Milligan served as Merck’s senior vice president and head of global regulatory affairs and clinical safety. Previously, she served as vice president of product development regulatory for Genentech, and prior to that, she was at Amgen for 10 years in positions across legal and regulatory affairs functions. She also proudly served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 7 years.
Dr. Milligan has also served on the Board of Directors of the Drug Information Association (DIA) for several years, as well as serving as their Board Chairman. She is a graduate of both George Washington University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Law Center.
143: Innovations In Birth Control
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Currently, an astonishing 45 percent of the 6 million pregnancies in the United States each year are unintended. Every year, 2.8 million American women, married and unmarried, young and not so young, are expecting an outcome they didn’t expect. According to the Guttmacher Institute, another way to look at this data is that nearly 5% --or 5 in 100-- American women aged 15—44 have an unintended pregnancy each year. The Guttmacher Institute also reports that on average, U.S. women say they want to have two children. To accomplish that, a woman will spend close to three years pregnant, postpartum or attempting to become pregnant, and about three decades—more than three-quarters of her reproductive life—trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
Here to discuss this & related issues is Dr. ALYSSA DWECK a practicing gynecologist in Westchester County, New York and a paid spokesperson for Twirla. She has delivered thousands of babies. . . and counseled thousands more women about how to prevent making babies when they don’t want to.
A graduate of Barnard College, she has a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University and a Medical Degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She has been voted a “Top Doctor” in New York Magazine and Westchester County. You may have read one or more of the 3 books she has co-authored: The Complete A to Z for your V, The Sexual Spark, and V is for Vagina.
This episode of “In The Ladies’ Room with Dr. Donnica” is sponsored by the makers of Twirla, the levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol transdermal system. Twirla is a weekly birth control patch for women with a body mass index, or BMI, less than 30 who can become pregnant. Twirla is less effective in women with a BMI of 25 or more. If you have BMI of 30 or more, please talk to your healthcare provider about which method of birth control is right for you. Please see boxed warnings regarding cardiovascular risks associated with smoking and with having a BMI over 30 as well as other safety information at the end of this podcast and linked above.
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