Breaking down the taboos of women’s sexual health. Each episode of I Hear You podcast is a discussion among our host Bryde MacLean (Turn Me On podcast) sexual health experts, advocates, and women. We have created a safe space for honest discussion to address women’s concerns.
In this first episode of the podcast, we chat with Stephanie Brown, pelvic floor physiotherapist. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is sought out for all kinds of commonly experienced symptoms – endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine prolapse, retroverted uterus, uterine fibroids, cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, ovarian cysts and dyspareunia (painful intercourse).
Courtney Fraser is a body builder and personal trainer who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, and autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the brain and spine. In this episode we talk about the issues in diagnosing MS and advocating for your own health with a commonly misdiagnosed illness.
Christa Angell is a registered acupuncturist who specializes in fertility medicine. Christa breaks down the four phases of the menstrual cycle and how to recognize the body’s way of expressing what it needs as it moves through the phases. She highlights the multitude of benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine available to women as a complimentary therapeutic approach.
Alisha Olsthooorn is a resident doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. Alisha offers perspective on the post operative issues that trans patients can experience, hormonal contraception, and the importance for us all to open up and continue talking about the real experiences we are feeling in our bodies.
Francesca Ambrocichuk takes a deeper dive into the anatomy of the pelvic floor and the supporting role the it plays in the daily function of the body. She speaks about what she looks for when examining a patient complaining of “pain down and around there” and how to care for this group of muscles as we age.
Dr. Tanya Tulipan works in reproductive mental health at the IWK in Halifax. Tanya speaks about the symptoms of and risks factors that can contribute to perinatal and postnatal depression. She explains how pregnancy and giving birth can affect people with pre-existing mental health conditions like bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder, and what women can do to find some ease in their experience.
Savayda Jerone is a herbalist and fertility awareness educator. Fertility awareness is learning the body signs like body temperature and cervical fluid that tell us where we are in the menstrual cycle so that we can track changes in our health and either avoid or encourage prenancy. Herbs help balance hormones and support the nervous system as a part of a comprehensive health care plan.
Karen Bernard acts as the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. Karen strategizes and plans educational events on decreasing violence against indigenous women by reconnecting with identity and culture. She speaks about the Seven Sacred Teachings and how they apply to the healing of historical trauma, and the cultivation of self-worth.
Doctor of Naturopathy Priya Joshi speaks about gut heath, hormone balance, menstuation and fertility.