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June 2023 Volume 13


Mitzi's Message 

Dear Friends, 

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Femtechnology Summit in Basel, Switzerland on the campus of Roche Pharmaceuticals. Professionals from all over the world, but mostly Europe and the US, came together to consider important topics in women’s health, such as women-centric cancer care, financing innovation in women's health and redesigning healthcare with women in mind. I facilitated two workshops on how women obtain health information. It was a lively discussion, which I will be writing about in the coming weeks. I even had the opportunity to inaugurate Roche's new podcast studio and interviewed the event organizers. I ended the week in London, where another women’s health conference was being held, sponsored by Femtech Lab, a women’s health incubator. 

I share these moments with you because I am energized by the increasing awareness of the importance of women’s health, not only in the United States but literally everywhere. I am also energized by the numerous professionals, entrepreneurs, scientists, clinicians, investors and advocates who are coming together at conferences like these to consider key issues in women’s health and find ways to break down barriers and move progress forward. It’s been exciting for me to get to connect in person with people I met online that share my passion for women’s health. It was also gratifying to have my youngest daughter accompany me and share my work while she also connected with other young professionals. 

In the past year, I have had the opportunity to interview some leading voices living outside the US who are moving the needle in women’s health. As we take a break this summer, we thought we would highlight these past episodes. They are a  wonderful reminder that there is literally an entire world of innovators and advocates who are improving women’s health. 

Take good care,  

Mitzi Krockover, MD

Supporting Menopause in the Workplace: Over the Bloody Moon

Are you experiencing symptoms of perimenopause but unsure about what they entail? Many women go through hot flashes, mood changes, and body transformations, often feeling like something is amiss without understanding the cause. In this episode, we invited Lesley Salem, the visionary behind Over the Bloody Moon, a menopause support organization, to shed light on these transitional challenges. Join us as Lesley shares her personal journey and reveals an unexpected setting where she initiated these crucial conversations. Join us for a candid discussion on perimenopause and the power of open dialogue.

How to Manage Menopause Naturally

Navigating menopause and its transitional phase can present a myriad of challenges, including hot flashes, irritability, and fatigue, among other symptoms. Fortunately, for those seeking natural relief or aiming to avoid hormone therapy, viable alternatives exist. In this enlightening episode, we had the privilege of hosting Maryon Stewart, acclaimed as the "pioneer of the natural menopause movement" and author of a comprehensive guide on managing menopause through lifestyle changes and diet. Join us as Maryon imparts her wisdom, backed by extensive research, and shares invaluable tips for embracing this phase of life in a healthful and holistic manner. Tune in now to gain transformative insights and discover empowering strategies for managing menopause naturally.

An Innovative Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Period Poverty

In this eye-opening podcast, we talk with social entrepreneur, Soumya Dabriwal, Co-Founder, Project Baala, about the harsh realities faced by young girls and women in India and Africa when it comes to menstruation. Soumya shares how, during her time volunteering in these countries, she discovered that many girls were missing school for several days each month because they lacked access to menstrual hygiene products. In some cases, they were even forced to use unsanitary options that could lead to infection or worse. This shocking revelation inspired the creation of Project Balaa, which aims to provide sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions to over 500,000 women in developing and underdeveloped communities. Tune in to this podcast to hear how Soumya and her team are making a real difference in the lives of women who face such difficulties every day.

Skin Deep Part 1:  What You Need to Know About Skin Care

Skin Deep Part 2:  What You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dermatology

Join Dr. Krockover and esteemed dermatologist, Dr. Monica Li, in this two-part podcast series where they unlock the secrets to maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin as we age. In part one, discover the latest techniques, tips, and daily regimens for achieving radiant skin, as Dr. Li draws upon her extensive expertise. In part two, explore the cutting-edge advancements in cosmetic dermatology, from transformative treatments like Botox and dermal fillers to rejuvenating effects of chemical peels and laser therapy. Plus, gain invaluable guidance on selecting the right practitioner for personalized care, with a focus on the specific concerns faced by women of color. Listen to this enlightening discussion that will revolutionize your approach to skincare and aesthetic enhancements.

Addressing Painful Sex with the HelloGina App

Introducing HelloGina, an evidence-based, self-paced program designed to tackle the issue of painful sex head-on. In this enlightening episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Daphne Petrich, Senior Business Development Manager at HelloGina, who shed light on the prevalence of this problem and how their program can provide much-needed assistance. Join us as we delve into a crucial conversation about painful sex and discover how HelloGina is empowering individuals to find relief and reclaim their sexual well-being. Click below to gain valuable insights and explore the transformative potential of this groundbreaking program.

Jude, Changing Bladder Weakness into Bladder Care

Are you constantly feeling the urge to urinate or experiencing leakage during coughing or exercise? Bladder issues can be a significant concern for many individuals. Join us in this episode as we explore the world of bladder health and speak with Peony Li, the founder of Jude, a company dedicated to supporting individuals with bladder problems such as stress incontinence and overactive bladder. Peony is on a mission to break the stigma surrounding these issues and offer practical solutions for those facing bladder challenges. Listen to gain insights and find hope for a better bladder health journey.

 27 September - FemTech Expo: Autoimmune Diseases and Chronic Conditions

The Women of Wearables (WOW) innovation showcase and pitching program brings together the brightest minds from around the world to solve some of the most pressing challenges in women's health. From cutting-edge technology to groundbreaking research, FemTech Expo is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in driving innovation and bringing solutions to unmet needs in healthcare and, in particular, women’s health space.

Register for this series of dynamic and informative experiences that will inspire and educate.

Every month, WOW will invite the 10 most innovative companies to present their work and showcase their innovations.

Spiced Chickpea Salad with Turmeric Dressing

This vibrant Spiced Chickpea Salad with Turmeric Dressing is a delightful blend of flavors and textures that celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity while promoting women's health.


For the Salad:

- 2 cups cooked chickpeas

- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

- 1 small cucumber, diced

- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

For the Spiced Chickpeas:

- 1 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon ground coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Turmeric Dressing:

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

- 1 clove garlic, minced

- Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a bowl, combine the cooked chickpeas with the ground cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and olive oil. Mix well until the chickpeas are evenly coated with the spices.

2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the spiced chickpeas. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chickpeas are lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a large salad bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, fresh parsley, and fresh mint. Add the spiced chickpeas and gently toss to combine.

4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, ground turmeric, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.

5. Drizzle the turmeric dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients with the dressing.

6. Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

7. Serve the Spiced Chickpea Salad with Turmeric Dressing as a light and refreshing main dish or as a side dish to complement your favorite meal. Enjoy the explosion of flavors and textures that celebrate diversity and support women's health!

Note: Feel free to customize this salad by adding other vegetables, such as bell peppers or avocado, and topping it with toasted nuts or seeds for added crunch and nutrition.


Understanding the Impact of Menopause on the Workplace Survey

Take the Society for Women's Health Research, Menopause Workplace Survey! SWHR is collecting insights from all individuals (18 years and older) in the workplace setting, regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, or employment status. This survey is for individuals who have entered or completed the menopause transition, as well as all coworkers and employers of any gender. You do not have to experience menopause to take this survey. Join us in helping improve workplace health and wellness for all!

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