All in Reproductive Health

Women's College Vibes

Ova spent time with ladies at an all-women’s campus in MN. You will be happy to hear that the campus provides free tampons and pads in all bathrooms. We discussed birth control--selecting the right one, insurance coverage and parental consent.

What is the Pelvic Floor?

Do you pee a little when you sneeze or get sudden urges to pee? How did it feel to have sex after having a baby? Your pelvic floor plays a significant role in sex, urination and bowel movements. We had the opportunity to connect with the wonderful physical therapist, Beth Stegora from Hennepin County Medical Center to learn more about the pelvic floor. In this episode we learn about the pelvic floor and common issues women might experience with the pelvic floor. 

LENA Cup Review

Wondering which menstrual cup to try? Thinking about replacing your old menstrual cup? Well, Ova worked with 30 women to review the LENA Cup, a newish menstrual cup. 80% of the women who were already using a menstrual cup preferred LENA to their current brand and 90% of the first time users said they would continue to use LENA. Watch the video to learn more. 

Menstrual Disc

The menstrual disc collects fluid like a menstrual cup, but can be worn during intercourse. This product has been around for quite sometime, but there is a resurgence. These are more disposable than the menstrual cup, but are a comfortable alternative to tampons.

Improving the Pap Smear

When you think back to your last Pap smear or pelvic exam what comes to mind? The frigid, sterile environment? The paper gown? The pinch from the cervical brush? Ova interviewed 43 women about their experiences with Pap smears and pelvic exams. Several themes emerged from these interviews that can help all practitioners improve patient care.

Living Through Endometriosis

Natalia Hals lived with debilitating abdominal pain for years before she found out she had endometriosis. Doctors suggested pain medication and hormones to mask her symptoms. This year, Natalia found a doctor in Atlanta that specializes in endometriosis and underwent surgery. Learn about Natalia's experience. 

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage. The symptoms are more subtle and are often dismissed as period or menopause issues. We connected with two cancer researchers to learn more about innovations in ovarian cancer. Thank you so much Dr. Song and PhD candidate Erica Schnettler from the University of Minnesota for helping us better understand reproductive cancers.

Cervical Cancer

Two cancer researchers from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Song and PhD student Erica Schnettler sat down with Ova to discuss cervical cancer. Good news! The HPV vaccination is decreasing the incidents for cervical cancer in the US.

Uterine Cancer

Every year 98,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer in the US. Ova connected with two cancer researchers from the University of Minnesota Dr. Song and PhD student Erica Schnettler to learn more about these cancers. We focus on uterine cancer in this episode.