After 10 years of using a menstrual cup, here are my thoughts on why some use and don't use them:
Deciding when to have kids can feel overwhelming. Elise checks in with her partner about his considerations about when to have children. We would love to hear from the dads out there about how you knew you were ready to have kids.
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.
Transitioning back to work after parental leave can be incredibly exhausting and emotional. For some mamas it feels so good to jump back into work and for others it is heartbreaking. We sat down with Alex West Steinman to talk about her upcoming transition back to work from maternity leave. Alex writes the awesome parenting blog Strong Like Mama and also recently launched a t-shirt line that focuses on positive mom messages.
Postpartum doulas are AMAZING! After birth, your body is healing, you are learning how to take care of a tiny human, you may be trying to figure out how to use your breasts in a totally new way and you have all of life's chores to take care of. EXHAUSTING!! Postpartum doulas support mamas with everything from laundry to breastfeeding. The goal is to provide the mom whatever she needs to care for herself and the new baby.
I was old enough to remember the birth of my brother, but I wasn't privy to the pregnancy complications. From a missing hand to early labor, my mom's third birth experience was far from what she expected.
Ova recently had the opportunity to talk with Nawal Hirsi from the People's Center about her women's health experiences, and how her Muslim faith impacts her views on health.
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.
Pregnancy is a physically demanding experience. Staying active and moving your body before and during pregnancy can help improve sleep, prevent back ache, boost energy and much more.
Are you curious about working with a doula during your childbirth? We recently connected with Natalia Hals to learn more about the role of a doula and her childbirth support business, A Woman's Design. Natalia started A Woman's Design so she could provide families a full range of childbirth services--doula support, postpartum support, childbirth education and more.
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.
Are you a pumping or breastfeeding mama? Checkout this new line of chic clothing designed by the amazing Heather Shore. Heather struggled to find professional clothes when she went back to work as a pumping mama, so she decided to to launch Nourish. If you like stylish, comfy, flattering and versatile clothing, this is the perfect collection for you.
This is part two of Heather’s story. Less than a week after receiving the Trisomy 18 diagnosis, Emily passed away in Heather’s womb. Heather is sharing this experience so that others who experience omphalocele, Trisomy 18 and pregnancy loss know that they are not alone.
The LENA Cup is a new menstrual cup and one of the few cups produced in the US. After five months of using this cup, I give it two thumbs up. Here are three main reasons I prefer the LENA Cup to the other brands I’ve tried.
This is part one of Heather’s story. Five years ago, Heather left her corporate fashion job to start her own clothing line for nursing moms. We connected with Heather to discuss Heather’s recent experience with omphalocele and Trisomy 18.
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.
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.
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.