21 episodes

Join us for real talk with experts from around the globe as we discuss the 'unmentionable' topics that so many of us encounter during the course of life– from postpartum to menopause, sex to endometriosis and other under-discussed health issues. No topic is too taboo.

NYSSA: The Unmentionables Nyssa Care

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Join us for real talk with experts from around the globe as we discuss the 'unmentionable' topics that so many of us encounter during the course of life– from postpartum to menopause, sex to endometriosis and other under-discussed health issues. No topic is too taboo.

    Why Pelvic Floor Therapy is Essential for Everyone with Dr. Sara Reardon (aka The Vagina Whisperer)

    Why Pelvic Floor Therapy is Essential for Everyone with Dr. Sara Reardon (aka The Vagina Whisperer)

    Nyssa’s Mia Clarke speaks to Dr. Sara Reardon, also known as The Vagina Whisperer, about why it’s so important to care for your pelvic floor– regardless of whether or not you’ve had a baby. Sara shares her expert opinion on topics like:

    - The role of Pelvic Floor Therapy in general health and wellness.
    - What to expect in your first appointment.
    - The myth of the ‘tight’ pelvic floor and how to think about Kegel exercises.
    - The proper way to pee.
    - Tips for dealing with vaginal dryness.
    - Dealing with pain during sex.
    - Preparing for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum (including the dreaded first postpartum poop!)
    - Healing diastasis recti after delivery.

    You can learn more about Pelvic Floor Therapy by visiting Sara's website at thevagwhisperer.com.

    • 40 min
    Managing Urinary Health in Midlife with Dr. Lopa Pandya

    Managing Urinary Health in Midlife with Dr. Lopa Pandya

    Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Dr. Lopa Pandya, a reconstructive surgeon in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UI Health. We get deep into the urinary and gynaecological issues that women and vulva owners may need to attend to in their late 30s to late 40s. We talk about the different types of incontinence, the impact of birth on the bladder and pelvic floor, UTIs and much more. 

    Dr. Pandya specializes in treating various pelvic floor disorders, urinary issues, and pelvic organ prolapse. Her clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, surgical outcomes, and finding ways to improve patients' quality of life. She believes in share decision making, and she focuses on helping patients choose the treatment option that is best for them; oftentimes, patients are able to achieve major improvements in their quality of life with relatively simple treatments.  

    • 33 min
    Knowing Your Vulva & Vagina with Journalist Lynn Enright

    Knowing Your Vulva & Vagina with Journalist Lynn Enright

    Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Irish journalist Lynn Enright (Vogue, The Guardian, Elle and more) about the importance of knowing the correct language for our anatomy, the changing landscape of conversation around women's sexual and reproductive health, the rise of labiaplasty, the need for more progressive sex education policies in school and much more.

    Lynn is also the author of one of the Nyssa team's favourite books, Vagina: A Re-Education.
    Vagina provides girls and women with information they need about their own bodies - about the vagina, the hymen, the clitoris, the orgasm; about conditions like endometriosis and vulvodynia. It confronts taboos, such as abortion, miscarriage, infertility and masturbation. It tackles vital social issues like period poverty, female genital mutilation and the rights of transgender women.

    Follow Lynn on Instagram here.

    • 36 min
    Understanding Endometriosis with EndoBlack Founder Lauren Kornegay

    Understanding Endometriosis with EndoBlack Founder Lauren Kornegay

    Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to Lauren Kornegay, founder of ENDO Black, a non-profit that advocates for African American women and women of color affected by endometriosis.  ENDO Black is a safe space for women to ask questions, to be encouraged, and to receive advice on how to manage this incredibly overlooked and misunderstood disorder.

    We speak to Lauren about the ins-and-outs of endometriosis, pain management techniques that have worked for her, and how we can support friend and family members who are suffering. Lauren also shares her story of racism and isolation in the endometriosis  community and what we can do to be better allies.

    Follow ENDO Black's excellent Instagram account here.

    Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? E-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Caring for Your Pelvic Floor & More with Pelvic Floor Therapist Dr. Sam DuFlo

    Caring for Your Pelvic Floor & More with Pelvic Floor Therapist Dr. Sam DuFlo

    Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to the wonderful Baltimore-based Pelvic Floor Therapist, Dr. Samantha DuFlo. Her clinical practice, Indigo Physiotherapy is an innovative, evidence-based care practice of pelvic physical therapists and bodyworkers working together to elevate healing and care for its clients. Check out her excellent Instagram here.

    We speak to Dr. Sam about all things related to pelvic wellness, from understanding topics such as endometriosis and pain with sex and to addressing postpartum-specific issues such as diastasis recti, incontinence and more.

    Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? E-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 

    • 33 min
    Designing Motherhood with Michelle Fisher and Amber Winick

    Designing Motherhood with Michelle Fisher and Amber Winick

    Nyssa's Mia Clarke speaks to design thought leaders and historians Michelle Fisher and Amber Winick. They are collaborating on an incredible book and exhibition launching later this year, Designing Motherhood, which features more than eighty designs—iconic, archaic, quotidian, and taboo—that have defined arc of human reproduction. In this episode, Michelle and Amber discuss the designs that have profoundly shaped the motherhood experience, from the creation of the first at-home pregnancy test (invented by a woman, Margaret Crane), to the Finnish Baby Box to clear screens for c-sections births and much more.

    You can read more about the Designing Motherhood project here and check out the excellent accompanying Instagram here.

    Do you have questions you'd like Nyssa to explore with our network of experts? Stories that you'd like to share? Leave us a message at (336) HI-NYSSA or e-mail us at hello@nyssacare.com. 

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Helen_Mc ,

Inspiring and informative

Thank you, thank you for this podcast. As someone who went through postpartum depression/anxiety, it is my hope that one day women won't enter the "fourth trimester" with so little knowledge of what it's really like. We certainly aren't getting an accurate picture from television, movies, or magazines - but this podcast is doing some incredible work to bring all this "ummentionable" stuff into the sunlight and help us feel more comfortable discussing it!

Iris Santiago ,

Refreshingly Open

I’m currently two months postpartum and find it so refreshing to hear conversations about the less talked about sides of motherhood and especially physical recovery, which I’ve found out is no walk in the park. Nyssa is doing something truly meaningful in this space. Keep it going! Looking forward to more episodes.

Kelly Austen ,

Fave new podcast

Love the honesty and transparency in this. Great work and keep it going!

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