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April 2022 Volume 1
Mitzi's Message - It Takes a Village
Welcome to the first edition of The Center, a monthly newsletter curated for women who want to empower themselves in their healthcare decisions. In anticipation of Women’s Health Month, I want to give a shout-out to the scientists who have come before us to pave the way for more informed healthcare research, prevention, and treatment options. I also wish to acknowledge women - and men - in the Femtech industry and healthcare community who work to provide more opportunities for women to get the healthcare they need. And then there are the policymakers and advocates that have helped ensure that our voices aren’t lost when it comes to improving access and inclusivity around women’s healthcare. It truly takes a village to improve and ensure the health of women. Through this newsletter and our podcast, Beyond the Paper Gown, I’m proud to highlight and draw from that village so that we can be informed, empowered, and challenged to attain optimal health. I hope you’ll join me.
Featured Podcast - Women in the Workplace: An ob-gyn’s candid journey
In this episode of Beyond the Paper Gown, we speak with Kellie Stecher, MD, an OBGYN and advocate for healthcare workers and for women’s equity. She’s the author of Delivering, in which she records her journey through high school, medical training and clinical practice, marriage, and motherhood. Join us in this candid conversation about mental health, power politics, and gender bias in the workplace, and how women can take action to help themselves, no matter what their profession.
Featured Article - The Vaginal Biome
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection. Every year, one out of three women will get BV, with 84% having no symptoms. However, BV can be transmitted sexually, is hard to cure, and has been linked to more severe conditions, including other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), urinary tract infections (UTIs), childbirth complications, and infertility. It comes down to the vaginal biome. To gain more insight, we recently sat down with two experts on the vaginal biome and women's health: Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz, Ph.D. and Pita Navarro.
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