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From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

On Health Aviva Romm MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

From the stuff your mother never told you, to the stuff your doctor never learned, On Health features taboo-busting conversations that demystify and de-stigmatize our bodies, all while bridging the gap between conventional medicine and wellness. Join Yale-trained MD & midwife Aviva Romm and her line-up of expert guests as they discuss everything from periods to menopause, sex to reproductive health politics, and motherhood to mental health. Each week, Dr. Romm will be exploring the science and wisdom of how our bodies work, what makes us well, what gets in the way, and how we can live our best lives on our terms, authentically and bravely. You can expect to learn more about topics such as women's brain health, cesareans, microbiome seeding, women’s sexual health, and much more. Plus, you'll get Aviva’s musings, tips, and guidance from 35+ years of helping women take back their health—and their lives. The new medicine for women is here!

    Let’s Chat About That: On Supporting Optimal Immunity In Pregnancy

    Let’s Chat About That: On Supporting Optimal Immunity In Pregnancy

    Motherhood is a lifelong role, during which there will be no shortage of opportunities to worry. Even before you give birth, your mama-bear radar is engaged, and you’re suddenly motivated to do all you can to protect this precious being growing inside of you. So as hard as it is to manage these worries while we're pregnant, it's also an ideal time to start developing inner practices to help us cope with these worries, both in order to protect ourselves and our little ones.
     
    On today’s first official Let’s Chat About That episode of On Health, I’ll be addressing some of these worries head on by answering a voicemail from an expecting mama who is concerned about immunity during pregnancy, currently dealing with the very real feelings of anxiety and fear about getting sick during this time. My goal today is to ease some of these overwhelming worries by providing you with the honest facts so that you can make the most informed decisions to keep yourself and baby healthy now and for the long run.
     
    On this episode, I discuss:

    The likelihood of developing respiratory illness while pregnant

    Non-respiratory infections to be aware of: herpes, toxoplasmosis, and Listeria

    What you need to know about the cold, the flu, COVID, and RSV while pregnant, including prevention and what to do about common respiratory symptoms and fever

    Universal symptoms that tell you it's time to get medical care

    How to minimize exposure and boost immunity safely in pregnancy


    I hope this episode brings you the peace of mind, reassurance, and ease to carry you through your pregnancy and into your journey through motherhood. I look forward to connecting with you and answering more of your women’s health-related questions in future episodes of this series! Remember, you can call me at (413) 889-4549 and leave a voicemail for a chance to be featured on the next one!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    On the Big Letdown: A Radical Conversation on Birth and Breastfeeding with Kimberly Seals Allers

    On the Big Letdown: A Radical Conversation on Birth and Breastfeeding with Kimberly Seals Allers

    Content Warning: In this episode, we will be talking about maternal mortality, infant mortality, and the impact of racism on maternal health.

    60% of all maternal deaths are fully preventable, and the complications women experience are not inherent to black or brown bodies. Yet Black and Brown women have been blamed for their "bad outcomes" instead of recognizing that these deaths all too often have to do with failures in the obstetric system. In the US today, a Black woman is 12 times more likely to die of childbirth than a white woman, despite socioeconomic factors.

    Today on the On Health podcast, I am having a very real and much-needed discussion on the racial disparities in the business of birth, the demand for change, how we can better celebrate Black birthing people, and more, with Kimberly Seals Allers. She is an award-winning journalist, five-time author, international speaker, strategist, and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, she is also a leading voice on the racial and socio-cultural complexities of birth, breastfeeding, and motherhood. Additionally, she is the founder of Irth, a new "Yelp-like" app for Black and Brown parents to address bias and racism in maternity and infant care. Kimberly also created Birthright, a podcast about joy and healing in Black birth that centres on positive Black birth stories.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    How weathering - the phenomenon of being exposed to ongoing racism - impacts Black pregnant and birthing women 

    Kimberly's journey into breastfeeding and birth activism - and how it's a family affair for her 

    The Irth app and how Kimberly is challenging medical bias and shining a light on much needed provider and birth space accountability 

    Black birthing joy and how it is possible to hold both the reality of these statistics and the celebration for Black birthing people 

    How we can push for change despite generations of struggle 

    And so much more! 


    Tune in for an incredibly raw conversation and a very real look into a black woman’s reality as an expecting mother and beyond. Your eyes will be further opened to the injustice that continues to exist in this country and you will feel more inspired than ever to do what you can to take action as an advocate.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. Follow Kimberly @iamksealsallers, get your copy of The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding, listen to the Birthright Podcast and check out the Irth App at www.kimberlysealsallers.com

    • 54 min
    Pt. 2 On Alcohol and Women's Health: From Fertility thru Menopause

    Pt. 2 On Alcohol and Women's Health: From Fertility thru Menopause

    Welcome to the second half of our alcohol miniseries! 

    In part one, I focused on how alcohol metabolizes differently in women than men and how this increases women's alcohol-related health risks. I also talked about how alcohol can effect puberty, our hormones, and menstrual cycles. 
     
    If you haven’t already listened, it's a perfect prequel to today's episode, where I talk about how alcohol may impact fertility, PCOS, endometriosis, menopause, and breast cancer, giving you food for thought on whether and if so how much drinking is okay for YOU, and also tools for smarter alcohol intake. 

    You’ll walk away from series feeling empowered and equipped with the tools and information necessary to approach alcohol in a way that best matches your lifestyle. 
      
    In this episode, I dish on: 

    How alcohol may impact fertility and how to approach drinking while trying to conceive 

    How inflammation caused by alcohol consumption can enhance symptoms of PCOS and endometriosis 

    The role of alcohol in menopause, hot flashes, and sleep struggles 

    Alcohol and breast cancer: risks, susceptibility, genetics, and more 

    How alcohol may impact methylation and DNA 

    The top tips for drinking in a way that mitigates the risks of alcohol, while still being able to enjoy light intake should you want to 


    Whether you're trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, going through menopause, struggling with PCOS or endometriosis, or simply want to learn more about the potential long-term effects of alcohol on your health, - even just light drinking - this series as a must-refer-back-to one for various cycles of your life. So listen, save and share it! 
     
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    On Women, Alcohol, Our Hormones and Menstrual Cycles

    On Women, Alcohol, Our Hormones and Menstrual Cycles

    Alcohol. It's the kind of frenemy that many women have a love-hate relationship with. It may make us feel good in the moment—relaxed, more social, less anxious—but many women find that after a drink or several, they’re moody, irritable, don’t sleep as well, and feel overall kind of not-so-great. Are there reasons for this that are unique to women? And can alcohol have hidden effects on our estrogen? Progesterone? Menstrual cycles? What about your gut? Circadian rhythm? Thyroid?  

    That’s exactly what we’ll explore together in this two part series on women, alcohol, and our hormones. Whether you’re having a dry January or just hitting the brakes a little now that the holiday parties are behind us, what better time of year is there to do a little self-check-in on this anyway? It can be a perfect time to revaluate your relationship with alcohol altogether as you move into a healthier New Year.  

    We’ll be diving straight into the research and discussing the direct impact alcohol has on women’s hormonal and long-term health, so you can make the most informed decisions when it comes to alcohol consumption that best fit your lifestyle. 
      
    In the first of this two part series on women, alcohol, and our hormones, we'll deep dive into... 

    Why we need to know how much a "drink" really is in terms of alcohol content 

    The differences between how men and women metabolize alcohol and why this is so important 

    The differences between light, moderate, heavy, and binge drinking and why it matters 

    How your personal background can play a role in the way you react to alcohol 

    The truth about red wine consumption and the French Paradox  

    The dynamic between alcohol, inflammation, leaky gut, blood sugar, and thyroid health 

    How alcohol impacts estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and our menstrual cycles 

      
    This episode will give you food for thought and some important information to consider as you intentionally reflect on whether and how much to include alcohol in your lifestyle with zero judgment. 
      
    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Why Creating & Setting Boundaries is Essential for Our Health

    Why Creating & Setting Boundaries is Essential for Our Health

    At some point, too many of us internalized the belief that being a woman means complete self-sacrifice, not setting healthy boundaries for our well-being, and not taking care of our fundamental needs – even for sleep, quality food, and relaxation. Further, as moms, we often take on the lioness's share of the household. As partners, we plan the dates and stay in touch with old friends. At work, we pick up the slack of others without so much as a peep of protest. But here's the thing- often, others don't even notice that we are doing all of this extra work because we haven't set healthy boundaries - with ourselves or with them. We've been taught to be the "good girl" (definitely listen to last week's podcast episode ALL about this topic if you haven't yet) and with this, we also believe that boundaries are rude or selfish.  So we give and give and give - at the expense of our well-being and sometimes at the expense of our own passions and fulfillment. Time for a reframe! Not only is having boundaries not selfish - but we are better givers when we practice conscious boundaries.

    And that's exactly what I'm talking about in this latest On Health episode. Tune in as I dish out my top tips to get you on your way to a boundary-setting queen! And learn all about why it's truly so important, just in time for the new year ahead and beyond.  

     In this episode I share: 

    What boundaries are, including the types we may overlook  

    Why we have trouble setting boundaries 

    How to know whether you need better boundaries in your life 

    Exercises to support you in discovering your highest priorities and how to stick to them 

    The boundary-setting practices to get you started and that really work 

    And more - including my weird style tip that relates to boundaries 

      
     I KNOW that many of you will have at least a few "aha" moments and maybe even have some tears of understanding. Listen and become your own boundaries badass!  

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How Being a “Good Girl” is Hazardous to Your Health

    How Being a “Good Girl” is Hazardous to Your Health

    From a young age, we’re taught to be "good girls." We’re told to be polite, to be nice, not to interrupt, and to say thank you—even when we don't mean it. As little girls, we're best "seen", not heard and told that if you question authority or speak your mind, then you're bossy, too loud, or even a bitch.  
      
    And while we know this is all nonsense as adults, so many of us still hold onto these beliefs and habits, which cause us to remain silent at board meetings, apologize to the other person when they cut us off in the checkout line, and remain silent in the doctor's office when we know something is wrong.  

    It's "good girl syndrome", and it can seriously affect our health and even our safety, as you'll learn in this episode!  

    In the episode, I share:  
      
    An essential lesson in self-advocacy I learned in 3rd grade that has and continues to serve me powerfully in my life and work  
      
    The science behind the "fawning" stress response and how so many of us do it without even noticing  
      
    "Good Girl Syndrome": what is it, why we develop it, and how it can even be damaging to our health 
     
    Why it's good for your health to be a "bad patient"  
      
    My experience being the "good girl" in medical school and how that led to a major shift 
     
     How channeling my inner "bad girl" saved my patient's life  
      
    The power of the Wonder Woman pose and the tools necessary for women who are struggling to advocate for themselves  
      
    And so much more!  
      
    This episode is a MUST for every woman who needs empowerment to finally get her doctors to listen, to speak up to her boss, or to embrace her own inner Wonder Woman, power, and confidence.  
      
    And remember to head over to my Instagram page to join in the convo on this episode.  

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in to your body, yourself, and this podcast! Please share the love by sending this to someone in your life who could benefit from the kinds of things we talk about in this space. Make sure to follow your host on Instagram @dr.avivaromm and go to avivaromm.com to join the conversation. 

    • 40 min

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Axel_D_M ,

Thank you! This is a gift

This is all I always wished for in a women’s health podcast. Aviva is phenomenal in combining her astonishing knowledge, and her personality and true care for women. I don’t know how she manages to be so informal and warm and personal while providing amazingly detailed information on specific diagnosis, conditions etc. She is so clear and makes it manageable and not overwhelming to listen to. She is such a talent! This is a true holistic approach where she goes all the way from MD medicine to the herbal/natural. She is so grounded and just clear in how she explains everything not shaming or overwhelming you. It is so balanced and lack shame and finger pointing. It gives me so much hope that there is a way to embrace and use both the regular medicine and natural methods of healing. May the world be filled with a new era where this happens all the time.

Partaz65 ,

Highest standard of knowledge & generosity!

I am always amazing at the depth and quality of information you provide.

Danniebean20 ,

Thank You

What a beautiful thing; sharing your knowledge Dr. Aviva Romm and bringing in others. Thank you!

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