Add by RSS Feed
Get the Android app
Get the iOS app
Gennev: Let's talk about menopause
Gennev is the first-of-its kind online clinic for women in midlife and menopause. If you're ready to take back control of your health through and beyond the menopause transition, join us at Gennev.com.
Nov 16, 2021
Live Forward with Selene Yeagar
"Hit Play Not Pause," is the name of Selene Yeagar's podcast, and we think it's perfect. While middle age and menopause mean changes in our bodies, aging doesn't mean physical activity — even at a competitive level — is behind us. In this episode, Gennev CEO Jill Angelo talks with Selene about how post-menopausal women can continue to perform at a high level — or just be fit and feel good in their bodies, if that's the goal. Selene Yeager manages content for Feisty Menopause. She is also a top-selling professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as an NASM certified personal trainer, USA Cycling licensed coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off-road racer, and former All-American Ironman triathlete. Learn more about Selene and hear the podcast at FeistyMenopause.com.
Aug 18, 2021
How to Keep Moving in Menopause
Remember getting out of bed when you were 30? Nothing hurt, everything moved in the right direction, nothing was stuck or rusty or sore. You can be that way again, says Dr. Vonda Wright, double-boarded orthopedic sports surgeon, internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility, and an innovator focused on optimizing personal and professional performance at every age. Menopause and achy joints don't have to stop you from doing activities you love. You may need to approach activity differently, and (please don't shoot the messenger) cut back on sugar, but 50 and menopause don't mean your active life is over. Have a listen to Jill Angelo, Gennev CEO, and Dr. Wright as they talk about movement, joint pain, and how to FACE the future. Find Dr. Wright at DrVondaWright.com, check out her podcast Hot For Your Health, and be sure to find her books!
May 7, 2021
Gennev: I am the Change
Gennev's #IAmThe Change campaign is a call to arms for women to speak up about how they’re transforming during their time of menopause. No more shushing women into isolation, I am the Change is meant to help us all feel a little more normal, a little more in control of this miraculous and sometimes challenging transition we’re in, and a little less lonely when the stress, sleeplessness, or relationship strain gets heavy. We didn’t quite know where the women’s stories would take us, but we knew that it takes voices coming together to create change. The kind of change that materially changes how women will experience this menopause transition so many of us manage on a daily basis. Join us!
Apr 21, 2021
Gennev's Menopause Now Report
2020 was a tough year for women and wellness. In fact, 70% of us put our health “on hold,” pushing off preventative appointments and screenings. How is that impacting our health? In this podcast, Gennev CEO Jill Angelo, CMO Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, and Director of Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk discuss telehealth, menopause, and the incredible resilience of women.
Feb 24, 2021
Women educating women about menopause
Historically (and, let's face it, currently) society hasn't done a great job of valuing and centering women and women's issues. This lack of care and attention is compounded when the woman in question is older, Black or of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, trans, or at the intersection of two or more of these identities. Omisade Burney-Scott is changing that. Her website, Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause, is a sort of Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret for an older demographic -- intended to be a safe space for Black women to ask questions, get and give answers, and explore identity at any age. In a society that values youth over age and rewards "anti-aging" over aging naturally, Omisade's site, podcast, and events are opportunities for women to individually and collective take back their power and identity. In this podcast, Omisade speaks with Gennev CEO Jill Angelo about women's obligation and honor to teach younger generations about aging and menopause. As Omisade says, it's important "to see the trajectory of someone's lived experience" and understand "there's no shelf-life on evolving." Older women have important information to give, about the experience of menopause, and so much more. It's up to us to find opportunities to pass that information along. About Omisade Burney-Scott: Omisade Burney-Scott is a 7th generation Black Southern feminist, creative and social justice advocate. Over the past 25 years, her “work” has been grounded in social justice movement spaces focused on the liberation of marginalized people, beginning with her own community. This commitment to liberation has manifested through advocacy work, philanthropy, community organizing and culture work. She is the creator/curator of The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause, a multimedia project that curates the stories of Black women as well as Black femmes and gender non-binary people who are perimenopausal, menopausal or post-menopausal. This project is a direct result of Omisade finding herself and her peers living at the intersection of social justice movement work, creative healer identities and aging. She has chosen to use the medium of storytelling to disrupt the erasure of Black women's voices as they age through sharing their first person narratives and lived experiences. Omisade is a member of the 1999-2001 class of the William C. Friday Fellows for Human Relations, a 2003 Southeastern Council on Foundation’s Hull Fellow and founding member NGAAP, the Next Generation of African American Philanthropy. She has served on various nonprofit boards including stone circles, Fund for Southern Communities, Spirithouse NC, Village of Wisdom, Working Films and The Beautiful Project. She is a 1989 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the proud mom of two sons, Che and Taj. She resides in Durham, North Carolina. Learn more about Omisade Burney-Scott on her website. If you're looking for more information on menopause and taking care of yourself in midlife and beyond, be sure to visit Gennev.
Feb 16, 2021
Heart health, menopause, and the gut
February is Heart Health month, and here are a few things you need to know but might not: * Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States, far outpacing breast cancer. * Estrogen is protective of the heart - it relaxes arteries and promotes the "good" kind of cholesterol. * Ten years post-menopause, a woman's risk of heart disease is equal to a man's. * Women are more likely to die due to heart attack because our assumptions about what heart attacks "look like" are based largely on men's symptoms - not women's. So women often don't seek treatment or are misdiagnosed. That's enough of the bad news. Here's some good news instead. Nutrition, exercise, and attention to gut health can go a long way toward reducing your risk of heart disease (and this is true of everyone at every age). In this conversation with bariatric surgeon and gut-health expert Dr. Erika La Vella, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk asks the questions YOU need the answers to: how to maximize gut health to have a healthier heart. You can find Dr. La Vella at lavellayourguts.com. You can make an appointment with Coach Stasi or any of our Dietitian Nutritionist coaches at Gennev.com/plans. Resources for additional information: Estrogen-gut microbiome axis Gut microbiota
Feb 2, 2021
Resistance training in menopause with Erica Roselius
I don't want to get too big. I can't lift. I'm too tired by the end of the day. I did it once but didn't see results, so I quit. Resistance training may not be your thing, but if you're a woman over 40, you might take another look at it. It's great for so many things: building and maintaining muscle mass. Helping you sleep better at night. Helping you manage midlife and menopause concerns like weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, poor balance, and weakening bones. You know as you get older that your body changes: muscles shrink, metabolism slows, body can look and feel less toned. Resistance training, done right, can help with those things, as well as improve core strength for better balance and generally lift your mood and confidence. In this podcast, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk speaks with owner and founder of Driven Fitness, Erica Roselius. A full-time fitness professional and coach for more than 13 years, Erica works primarily with over 40s to help them manage weight and increase muscle. Why is it so important for women to incorporate resistance training? How can they benefit, and what risks do they take if they don't move more? Listen, then find Erica at Driven Fitness and Stasi at Gennev for more information.
Feb 1, 2021
Why take the Gennev Menopause Assessment?
You've been having hot flashes for a while. You still have periods, but sometimes you might go a month or two with nothing. You haven't felt much joy lately, sleep doesn't come as easily as it used to, and you're tired all the way to your bones. How long is all of this going to last? There's no hormone test that will tell you where you are in your menopause transition. Unfortunately, in perimenopause when symptoms first start to appear, your hormones are fluctuating so much, you might test as menopausal today but not tomorrow. That doesn't mean you just grit your teeth and hope it's not the "20 years" you've heard about from others. Gennev's unique menopause assessment looks at your symptoms, your medical history, and your cycles to help you understand where you are -- and what might be coming next. Knowing where you are means you understand when the changes in your body are normal and when they maybe signal a need for some medical attention. Knowing means you can prepare for the symptoms that may follow. In this podcast, OB/GYN, Chief Medical Officer, and menopause specialist Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su talks with Gennev CEO Jill Angelo about the Menopause Assessment she created for Gennev. They discuss the science behind it, the benefits of the data collected for both the woman who took it and the women who are coming up to perimenopause behind her. They also take on the issue of privacy with personal data and the many ways Gennev can help women have an easier, healthier menopause. Curious? Take the free Gennev Menopause Assessment and find out where you are in your menopause transition.
Jan 21, 2021
Embrace your "and" with Dr Erika La Vella
Sugar is bad for my health, therefore I can't have any and am a weak person if I eat a donut. Well, no. Human beings are really good at holding seemingly mutually exclusive positions (sugar is bad/I love sugar) at the same time. We're also really good at then feeling guilty and flawed for holding both ideas simultaneously. Women are often caught in this bind in midlife: our culture celebrates youth, therefore aging must be "bad." Except that aging brings a whole lot of good with it, including experience, wisdom, and frankly, caring a whole lot less what "culture" has to say about our value. Holding two views at once isn't crazy or wrong or weak; it can even be empowering. There's a tension in the gray space between that can cause stress, but it's also often a source of creation, of reimagining, of growth. In this fascinating conversation between Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk and regular guest metabolic surgeon and gut health expert Dr. Erika La Vella, they explore the "tension of duality." It doesn't have to be either/or (either sugar OR good health), so learn to embrace your "and." Discover more from Dr. La Vella on her website LaVellaYourGuts.com. Be sure to check out all of her podcasts with Gennev at Gennev.com. And if you're ready to take the next step to better health in menopause, connect with a Health Coach at Gennev.com/plans.
Jan 20, 2021
The New Hot with Meg Mathews
Talk to Meg Mathews for 30 seconds, and you'll know you're in the presence of a force. Known for her work in marketing, music, fashion, and design, she is a highly accomplished woman with a big life and a big energy to sustain it. Now she's putting that drive and savvy behind educating the world about menopause. Her new book The New Hot is a must-read for anyone dealing with menopause (and their partners). She takes on the taboos with common sense, humor, and a brook-no-BS born from years of being a celebrity. In this conversation with Gennev CEO Jill Angelo, Meg tells her personal story, and how the lack of good information and advice around menopause drove her to become a resource for others needing help. Meg is a powerful advocate for women and trans individuals dealing with symptoms; she is also dedicated to helping others learn to advocate for themselves. Meg Mathews is an icon of the nineties Brit-pop scene, a former music industry executive, and the ex-wife of Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. In 2017, she launched Megs Menopause, a platform dedicated to breaking the stigma around menopause. In 2018, she held her first annual conference for menopause information and discussion. That same year, she was awarded the Inspiring Public Figure Award by the Inspiring Leadership Trust. She lives in London. Learn more about Meg Mathews at her website, megsmenopause.com, or follow her on Twitter, @MegMathews, or Instagram, @megmathewsofficial_. Follow Gennev at gennev.com, on Twitter @MyGennev, and on Instagram, @MyGennev.
Jan 14, 2021
Ada Calhoun on Women's Midlife Crisis
Ada Calhoun's Book Why Can't We Sleep? was an instant New York Times bestseller. Gen X women are finding it hauntingly and painfully and upliftingly familiar. Gen X women are ... unhappy. Not all of them, not all of the time, but certainly there is more of a cloud over this generation than others. Sandwiched eternally between the much larger, much louder Boomer and Millennial cohorts, Gen X has been overlooked and ignored like the latchkey kids we so essentially are. And that's doubly true of the women of Gen X, who are now aging into "invisibility" - those supposedly unsexy years after 40. Ada Calhoun wanted to know why we're such a miserable bunch, so she started asking. Two hundred interviews with Gen X women later, she's got answers, and she shared them in this fabulous podcast with Gen Xer (and what an irony that my computer's spellcheck doesn't recognize "Xer"), Gennev CEO Jill Angelo. Hear their conversation about the price of trying to have it all, what it's like to be the…
Dec 27, 2020
Finding Your Next Tribe with Jeannie Ralston
Jeannie Ralston has, literally, done pretty much everything and been pretty much everywhere. From hiking the Great Wall to introducing her kids to the Arab Spring to hanging out in Morocco with famous people (and not really enjoying it much), she's been there, written about that. At 60, not only does she show no signs of slowing down, she's not really sure why anyone would expect her to. She's as vibrant, energetic, and curious as ever, and she's sharing that energy and optimism with women globally. "We can be very proud of being women and of being women this age," she says, and we are very proud to know her. Have a listen to this fantastic conversation between Gennev CEO Jill Angelo and Next Tribe founder Jeannie Ralston, then come find your Next Tribe for your awesome next chapter of life. Also, if you're interested in participating in the writing workshop she spoke of in the podcast, learn more: https://nexttribe.com/book-publishing-workshop/ About Jeannie Jeannie Ralston is…
Dec 22, 2020
Emotions, gut health, & menopause with Erika La Vella
What's the link between your gut health and your emotions? It's a tighter combination than most of us realize, meaning perhaps more of our mental and emotional health is in our control than we previously thought. We know that our emotions can have a direct physical result: stress, depression, anxiety — all of these can show up in our bodies and in our guts. Upset stomach, loss of (or increase in) appetite, body aches and pains can all result from emotional distress. But the impact travels both directions: the health of our microbiome can also dictate a great deal of how we feel, physically and emotionally. In this podcast, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk talks with metabolic surgeon, gut-health expert, and owner of LaVellaYourGuts.com, Dr. Erika La Vella, about the intersection of nutrition, emotion, gut, brain, and menopause.
Dec 17, 2020
Equality in women's health with Denise Pines
There's long been a gap in the quality of care men and women receive. Women's bodies are less understood, their health issues less researched, their solutions have frequently been "treat women as small men," their pain poorly treated or ignored, and on and on and on. That discrepancy in care is exponentially worse if the woman is Black or a woman of color; worse if she's poor, worse if she's a transgender woman; worse if she's past reproductive age. There are women, men, and organizations out there that feel like part of our family — the family that's working to improve health care for women. Denise Pines is one of that family. She is is the co-visionary and head task master for Tea Botanics, a company that makes tea for hot flashes, among others. An award-winning marketer and serial entrepreneur, Denise has participated in 10 startups. She is founder of WisePause, a pro-aging health and education platform and FemAging 2020, a report that introduces a new industry sector, FemAging…
Dec 16, 2020
"Skincaring" as a Mission
The largest organ in the human body isn’t actually in the human body – it’s on the outside. To be even more accurate, it is the outside. It’s our skin. And it does more than keep the rain out and our insides in. Our skin is a pretty good barrier against much of the outside world, but it isn’t perfect. Sun damage happens. And the products we use on our skin may be doing us more harm than good. Kari Gran and Lisa Strain started the Kari Gran company based, as it often is for women, on a need that no one was meeting. Kari herself was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in her late twenties. That diagnosis, after years of not feeling well, led her to consider the impact on her insides of the products she used on her outside: creams, lotions, soaps, makeup, etc. We know what we put on our skin can affect us systemically — it's the way nicotine patches work, after all. So we need to be thoughtful about the products we use on our skin, especially as we get older. Kari, who…
Dec 10, 2020
Fighting fatigue with Gennev
"Fatigue" does not equal "tired." Fatigue is something else, and it can be exponentially worse. It isn't solved with "just get more sleep," and day after day of it can really wear you down. Fatigue — real fatigue — is a common symptom of menopause. It makes work hard, exercise impossible, even thinking straight can feel like it takes all your resources. The kind of fatigue we're talking about can be a result of less estrogen to "feed" your brain. If you have some brain fog, forgetfulness, are easily distracted and occasionally confused, it's all part of the same process: your brain is trying to adapt to less estrogen. While this part of perimenopause and menopause is temporary, it can last a year or two or longer. And if you don't know what's happening, it can be frightening. We hear from women all the time that they were terrified they were developing early onset dementia or that they'd been to a round of doctors to deal with "chronic fatigue." Finding out it's likely a (tempor…
Dec 3, 2020
The not-knowing place with Aliza Sherman
When Team Gennev went looking for the right face to put on our website, we had a good idea what we were looking for: a face that showed the strength, resilience, beauty, and energy of a woman in midlife and menopause. It can be hard to find images of mature women doing anything besides fanning themselves and looking annoyed. Happily, we finally found lots of incredible choices on the Ageist website: active women over 50 living their best lives, overcoming challenges, and full of the "zest" Margaret Mead was talking about. We went a little crazy with the credit card, purchasing the rights to use these wonderful images of real women. As Ageist founder David Stewart said in his podcast with Gennev's Jill Angelo, we just don't see ourselves in the typical, commercial images of people our age. So when you come across a treasure trove of representative images, you take advantage. One of the images we loved was that of Aliza Sherman — we loved it so much, she graces Gennev's home page…
Nov 18, 2020
CBD, stress, and menopause with Aimée Shunney, ND
I think we can safely say that 2020 has been an above-average year for just about everyone — in terms of stress, anyway. For women dealing with perimenopause and menopause symptoms on top of everything else, the stress can seem unmanageable. And because 2020 has been harder on women, it's no surprise many women are looking for relief from stress. One relatively new avenue for many is CBD, the non-hallucinogenic compound found in hemp. While research is still underway, many women have found CBD helps relieve stress and joint pain and promote sleep. In this conversation, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk talks with naturopathic doctor Aimée Shunney about the potential of CBD and how to choose a CBD supplement that's high-quality, safe, and contains what it claims on the label. Take a listen, then check out Gennev's high-quality CBD supplements, tincture, and Sleep System.
Nov 10, 2020
Gut health for the holidays with Dr. Erika La Vella
With Halloween just behind us and Thanksgiving straight ahead, it's official: we've entered the Season of Sugar. And it's not just sugar, of course: it's salt and saturated fat and stress and alcohol and stress and parties and not enough sleep and stress. If you think your head aches after a night of too much indulgence, just imagine what your poor gut biome is going through. And as we get older, our gut biome changes, loses diversity, isn't as able to handle the demands we put on those poor friendly bacteria, especially over the holidays. Fortunately, there are experts like metabolic surgeon and founder of LaVellaYourGuts.com, Dr. Erika La Vella. In this conversation with Gennev's Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, Dr. La Vella talks about how to preserve your gut through the holiday season and stay healthier all year 'round.
Nov 4, 2020
Game on for the 50-plus with David Stewart
Culturally, we have this idea that life slows at 50. Children are grown and gone, we're looking into retirement, our days of doing new things and surprising ourselves are over. Life past 50, if you look at the marketing for this age group, is mostly about fear: fear over health, fear over finances, fear of the future. Nothing could be further from the truth, says David Stewart of the AGEIST. People in the 50-plus age group are doing all sorts of amazing things. Women especially are "figuring out life 2.0," says David. AGEIST's message is that culture and brands really misunderstand this age group — it's not a time of fear, and messaging to the 50+ that way won't resonate with a lot of the over-50s. Many in this cohort feel "at the peak of their powers," David says, and if you want to reach them, you need to understand that. David Harry Stewart is the founder and face of the AGEIST and the host of the SuperAge podcast. He is a passionate champion and leading authority on the modern…
Nov 2, 2020
Thriving through Menopocalypse with Amanda Thebe
With so many symptoms, and some of them pretty unpleasant, menopause can seem like the end of your world. Or at least your world as you knew it. Amanda Thebe was a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, but when she hit perimenopause at 43, things went ... awry. Fatigue set in, and she found her previously boundless reserves of energy were drying up. And, like so many of us, she didn't realize right away that the issues she was having were hormonal. And like many women, she ran a gamut of doctors who never even suggested perimenopause. Nausea, vomiting, and extreme fatigue led to dozens of tests (even the emergency room!) over nearly two years. Fortunately, at a standard well-woman check up with an OB/GYN, the doc was able to diagnose perimenopause after about five minutes of conversation. A few minutes more, and she had some next steps to start feeling like herself again. Her book Menopocalypse is Amanda's way of bringing attention to the fact that women need information and, on…
1 hr 2 min
Oct 26, 2020
HRT, breast cancer, estrogen, and menopause
Is there a connection between estrogen and breast cancer? Maybe, but it may not be what you think. Gennev CEO Jill Angelo talks with Dr. Avrum Bluming, Dr. Joanne Weidhaas, and Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su on hormones, cancer risk, and the WHI study that changed everything. Listen to the podcast, then visit Gennev.com for more information.
Oct 20, 2020
Menopause and the Microbiome with Dr. Erika La Vella
Science is starting to uncover the many ways our gut flora affect our health. While many of us still believe the beneficial bacteria is good for digestion (and it is), it does a whole lot more. In this podcast, metabolic surgeon and gut expert Dr. Erika La Vella talks with Gennev's Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk about the bi-directional relationship between your gut and your brain. The "Gut-Brain Axis" affects your perception, cognition, your nervous system, your mood, pretty much everything. Given that, and how cattywampus everything is during menopause anyway, doesn't it make sense to be sure your gut is getting exactly what it needs? Have a listen, then find Dr. La Vella at LavellaYourGuts.com and make an appointment to work with Coach Stasi or one of our other amazing coaches at Gennev.com.
1 hr 6 min
Oct 7, 2020
Menopause and your hair
When you look your best, it's easier to feel confident. Unfortunately, midlife seems to conspire against us, at least by today's cultural standards of "best," with thicker waistlines, more wrinkled skin, and flyaway hair. One of the first things we notice when we see someone for the first time is their hair — and this is especially true of women. If our previously shiny, glossy, thick hair is now dry, thinner, and frizzy, we feel we're not making our best first impression. That can undermine confidence before we even open our mouths. To help women feel better about their hair, whether it's to make a better first impression or just happier moments in front of the mirror, Sonsoles Gonzalez founded Better Not Younger, a haircare brand focused on the changes many women experience as they age. Better Not Younger isn't just dedicated to healthier hair, though; it's also changing the conversation around women and aging. As an executive in the haircare industry, Sonsoles noticed that pro…
Sep 29, 2020
Menopause in the media with Hot Flashes & Cool Topics
How do you discuss a “taboo” topic like menopause on a public forum like a podcast? With humor, insight, wisdom, and patience! Meet Colleen Ricci Rosenblum and Bridgett Biagi Garratt, the forces behind the hit podcast for midlife women: Hot Flashes & Cool Topics. A year and 60-or-so episodes out from their launch, and Colleen and Bridgett have a genuine hit on their hands. They've talked about the things you might imagine, given their title: peri/menopause, being empty nesters and relationships with adult children, etc. But they've taken on some tougher topics as well, including Colleen's daughter's history with an eating disorder, difficult pregnancies, divorce, and suicide. Initially, they reached out to Gennev to feature Gennev CEO Jill Angelo on a podcast; they were so delightful and informed and fun, we asked them to return the favor. What follows is a great conversation about midlife, menopause, the (glacially slow) changing attitudes towards women's health, and what it…
Aug 24, 2020
Diet culture, body positivity, and menopause
Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? Many women don't, and that's more to do with the expectations we've been taught than any real problem with our health or wellness. Emphasis on women's outsides has far surpassed focus on a woman's insides, resulting in a system that has many more solutions for "weight loss" than it does for managing menopause symptoms. At Gennev, we know the bodily changes that come with aging and hormone declines are natural, normal, and beautiful—they just may not all be comfortable. So we want to help women embrace a body that may be a little heavier, a little softer, a body that has silver hair and laugh lines to show she's had a life. We want to help her be comfortable in that body, both by embracing change but also by managing hot flashes and interrupted sleep. In this podcast, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk talked with Erica Mouch, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who also has a BA in psychology. Erica advocates and practi…
Aug 19, 2020
Sexuality, sexual health, and menopause with Dr. Barb DePree
The physical and emotional changes that come with menopause can complicate intimacy. Sexual intercourse can become painful due to the thinning and drying of intimate tissue; libido may wane as hormones decrease and menopause symptoms increase. But because sexuality, and in particular women's sexuality, is such a taboo subject in American culture, we don't talk about it. And what doesn't get discussed, generally doesn't get solved. But times and attitudes are changing: there are more platforms now for women to get information and solutions and engage in conversation about the very real, very natural changes happening in their bodies. Two companies helping women regain sexual health in menopause are Gennev and MiddlesexMD. In this conversation, the CEOs of each company, and a menopause-specialist OB/GYN, talk about the importance of open conversation around women's sexuality and health, the challenges of starting a business in a stigmatized niche, and the ways their companies are he…
Aug 17, 2020
Menopause and the microbiome: What you eat matters
Continuing our conversation with Dr. Erika La Vella, in this month's Microbiome Series, we're asking the doc about how food affects our microbiome for good or ill, how we can eat to protect beneficial gut flora, and substances that may impact our gut. The gut microbiome is sometimes referred to as "the second brain." Why? Because what happens in the gut does NOT stay in the gut. As science explores gut flora, we're discovering more and more how microbiome health impacts so many other systems and organs of the body. That means taking care of the gut is pretty critical to feeling good and being healthy. And like every other organism, beneficial bacteria rely on the right food sources for optimal health. So what do they eat? They eat what we eat, for better or worse. Fortunately, people like Dr. Erika La Vella have a good handle on what food our good gut bacteria thrive on, and she shared that information with us. Take a listen to the podcast, then visit Gennev.com for more informatio…
1 hr 1 min
Aug 10, 2020
Environmental Detox in Menopause
Our environment can be pretty heavy with things that are bad for our health, including endocrine-disrupting substances. Cleansers, detergents, scrubs, things we use to clean our environments and ourselves may be doing more damage to our health than than they prevent. What about products that go on and in our bodies — soaps, creams, powders, makeup, deodorants and anti-perspirants, hair sprays, plastic containers to hold our food in the fridge or microwave. How many products do you come in contact with every day, all days of your life? And it's not just the products we use. Disruptive chemicals can be in our clothes or furniture or daily use objects as fire-retardants or easy-clean surfaces. Mary Purdy is an expert on helping us minimize our exposure to toxins in our environment and maximize our efficiency in ridding them from our bodies, homes, and workplaces. Have a listen to the podcast, then visit Gennev.com for more information on menopause, toxins, and how to have a healthie…
Aug 3, 2020
Grief and loss in the menopause transition
Many experience menopause as a time of grief and loss: loss of youth, of reproduction, of a body that looked different, behaved in predictable ways, and seemed easier to control. To feel some sense of grief at change is totally normal and understandable. But at Gennev, we feel the menopause transition can also be a very positive time to embrace a new you, changed body, changed attitude, new freedoms and all. To help us understand and navigate this transition, Gennev Health Coach Katie Linville talked with Kathleen Putnam, an expert in grief, loss, and transition. She gave us new ways of thinking about change and aging, and new strategies to celebrate the new us on the other side of the symptoms. Listen to the podcast, then come over to Gennev.com to learn more about how to manage menopause to have an easier, better, healthier transition.
Jul 27, 2020
Financial health for the second half of life
Physical health and financial health have a lot of overlap. When one is not optimal, the other can suffer. How much should you have before you can "safely" retire? Should I be aggressive or conservative in my investments now? How can I invest in companies that represent my interests and principles? Because women live, on average, a couple of years longer than men, and because women generally come to retirement with less in the bank, retirement planning is really important. Yet many women avoid taking the time to truly plan so they can enjoy a comfortable, stable retirement income. We asked Jenifer Sapel, CEO of Utor Wealth, to join us for a conversation on how women can protect their financial health — and independence — as they age. Listen to the podcast, then come to Gennev for more information about Jenifer Sapel, Utor Wealth, and how to have a truly great second half of life. You can access the slides Jenifer discusses here.
Jul 20, 2020
Coffee with Gennev's HealthFix Health Coaches
If menopause symptoms are really impacting your life, there are so many things you can do to manage them. Our Health Coaches can help you with strategies for controlling your health in menopause: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, symptom control, and so much more. All our HealthFix coaches are also Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with special training in menopause care. Learn more by listening in on this discussion with our coaching team: Director Stasi Kasianchuk and Coaches Jessica Gingrich and Katie Linville. Then, come to Gennev. Check out our HealthFix program, and start feeling better today.
Jul 13, 2020
Menopause and UTIs
As vaginal tissue and pH change, more frequent UTIs can become a real problem for many women in perimenopause and menopause. Learn more about why it happens and an innovative new product from Uqora to help women of any age ward off the dreaded UTI. To learn more, listen to the podcast, then come to Gennev.com for more information on menopause, UTIs, and how to manage all the many symptoms that can come with this time of life.
Jul 9, 2020
Menopause and your microbiome with Dr. Erika La Vella
How does menopause change, even disrupt, your gut microbiome, and what effects does that have on your health? Is there a way to build, protect, and maintain your gut flora to make the menopause transition easier? We were so excited to invite back surgeon and gut expert Dr. Erika La Vella to talk with us on the microbiome in menopause. Be sure to join us on Gennev for more information on Dr. La Vella and everything you ever wanted to know about menopause. Take back control of your health!
Jun 22, 2020
Adaptogens, stress, and menopause with Dr. Wendy Ellis
Stress is — no joke — a killer. The toll it takes on our bodies and psyches is enormous. When stressed we don't sleep well, eat well, exercise well, or play well with others. Stress causes or contributes to headaches, stomach upset, fatigue, muscle pain, anxiety and depression, and a host of issues that can really erode your quality of life. Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help your body deal with stress. As the name implies, these plants many actually adapt to give your body exactly what it needs where it needs it. But do they really help your body deal with stress? And if so, what are they, where do we get them, and how do we take them? Given that (peri)menopause can be such a stressful time, we thought we'd invite in some expertise on the subject. In this webinar, Gennev's Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk speaks with naturopathic physician Dr. Wendy Ellis on adaptogens and the particular advantages they may have for women in menopause.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 15, 2020
Menopause myths and facts
Acupuncture and hot flashes; magnesium and mood; is HRT dangerous; will testosterone pellets revive my libido? Like so many things we don't talk about, the truths about menopause can be a bit hazy. That's not OK when women's health, quality of life, and futures are at stake. From the beginning, the team at Gennev have made it part of our mission to supply the best, evidence-based information and solutions that are out there, vetted by our team of menopause experts. Because women's health is and always will be our first priority. So have a listen to this conversation from two of Gennev's menopause experts: OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Savage and Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, and get real answers to your menopause questions.
Jun 11, 2020
Learning to Cannonball with Amy Schmidt
When we talked with Amy Schmidt of Fearlessly Facing Fifty about confidence and creativity in midlife, we knew we had to ask her back. Her enthusiasm is irresistible. Amy's mission is to change the narrative around midlife and inspire the women in it. Midlife is not a crisis, she says; it's an opportunity! And her new book Cannonball is already inspiring women. Even prior to release, it was #1 in its category on Amazon. Enjoy this energetic, fun, inspiring conversation with Amy and Gennev CEO Jill Angelo as they talk about the many wonderful opportunities that await in midlife and beyond. To learn more about Gennev and our mission to change how women navigate the challenges of menopause, go to Gennev.com.
Jun 8, 2020
Smoking, menopause, and COVID 19
Midlife can feel like a time when we have to drastically reduce or give up so many things we love: sugar, wine, coffee, carbs, sweaters that don't button down the front, good sleep. For some women, quitting smoking just feels like one sacrifice too many. To you we say: add something else back, but please...get rid of cigarettes. May 31 was World No Tobacco Day, according to the World Health Organization. Part of the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), it's a day of awareness and learning. Gennev participated, with a webinar with our Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, hosting Gennev's Chief Medical Officer, OB/GYN Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, and pulmonologist Dr. Anne Lipke. They spoke not just on the benefits of quitting smoking, but also on the particular reasons women in menopause should quit. In addition to entering menopause up to a year or two earlier than her body might naturally (and thus losing the protections of estrogen earlier), smoking is hard on the skin, the hea…
Jun 4, 2020
Sexual health in isolation and menopause
Sexuality in menopause is tricky. Libido may be less robust than in previous years, or missing altogether. Vaginal dryness or atrophy can make penetrative sex painful. Weight gain, digestive issues, hair loss, and dry skin can leave us feeling distinctly unsexy and give our self-esteem a gut punch. Add to that the challenges of a verrrrrrry long stretch of "us time," and romance, intimacy, and sex become about as interesting as cleaning out the refrigerator. So what do you do when menopause and/or COVID 19 derails your love train? We brought back "sexpert" psychologist Dr. Laurie Mintz and our own Chief Medical Officer OB/GYN Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su to talk about how relationships and intimacy can survive and thrive in difficult times. Learn more about how to have a better menopause at the first-of-its-kind online clinic: Gennev.
Jun 3, 2020
Community support in isolation, with Dr. Swapna Vaidya
During the COVID quarantine, many are looking for ways to maintain social and community connection. Menopause can also be isolating, as women choose to stay home rather than face the possible embarrassment of a hot flash, flooding period, or other disruptive, hard-to-hide menopause symptom. At Gennev, we don't believe menopause symptoms should be considered embarrassing, ever. We also know that loneliness can be unhealthy. So we invited psychiatrist Dr. Swapna Vaidya to talk with Gennev's Director of Health Coaching, Stasi Kasianchuk, about ways we can stay connected — through menopause, and through pandemic. Come to Gennev to learn how to thrive through and beyond the menopause transition.
May 27, 2020
It's On Us: Creating Community in COVID 19
Gennev Director of Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk talks with Elizabeth Jones, Aliza Tuttle and Ashley Relf, the three women behind It's On Us, Corvallis, an organization linking restaurants, crowd sourced funds, and hungry people. Hear how IOU Corvallis is helping people get nutritious meals, helping restaurants stay active and reach new audiences, and helping build and maintain a thriving community, even in a time of self-isolation.
May 21, 2020
The business of supporting women
Historically, it's been tough to start a business that caters specifically to women. Investors have often been a little reluctant to invest in a business focused on menopause, for example. But that's changing, with female entrepreneurs leading the charge, forming partnerships to support one another and the women they serve. In this podcast, Health Coach Stasi Kasianchuk talks with CEO of Handful Active Wear Jennifer Ferguson and CEO of Gennev Jill Angelo about women, business, and the business of supporting women. Learn more and access the full transcript at Gennev.com
May 19, 2020
Introducing Gennev's Vitality pack for Women
As we age, our nutritional needs change. Meeting those needs when life is so busy and the world is full of pre-packaged, quick, easy foods can be a real challenge. To make sure women get all the nutrients they need, Gennev asked Naturopathic Physician Dr. Wendy Ellis to create the ideal daily supplement pack for women in midlife & menopause — a pack that promotes good health and helps manage menopause symptoms. Learn more about Gennev's new Vitality pack for Women at Gennev.com.
May 12, 2020
The Workout for Michelle Obama's Generation
Working out has gotten trickier lately, and not just because we're all trying to exercise at home with less space and equipment than we're used to. As our bodies change over time, it is normal for our exercise routine to need adjustment as well. In this podcast, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk talks with Robin Jones, owner of the barre3 studio in Corvallis, Oregon, about how to move safely and effectively for all-round better health. Visit Gennev.com to find out more about how we're helping women take control of their health and quality of life through and after the menopause transition, including consultation with menopause-specialist Health Coaches and OB/GYNs via our HealthFix programs.
May 5, 2020
Supplement savvy with Dr. Wendy Ellis
We're all looking for ways to optimize our health and especially our immunity — things we tend to take for granted when we're feeling good and there isn't a pandemic going on. The basic ways we strengthen our immune response are the same, whether we're worried about COVID-19 or the flu or staying healthier through menopause: wash hands often, don't touch your face, eat well, sleep well, exercise. However, we live in world of pre-packaged food that's high in sugar, bad fats, salt, and calories, but low in nutrients — and it's easy to get, doesn't require much prep time, and let's admit it, it tastes pretty good. That can make getting the right nutrients in the right amounts at the right times more challenging. To help women ensure they fill nutritional gaps, Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk and Naturopathic Physician Wendy Ellis teamed up on a webinar all about how to supplement. Of course, there's no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet, but when that's ju…
1 hr 11 min
May 4, 2020
Confidence & Creativity in Menopause with Amy Schmidt
Midlife and (peri)menopause can shake our confidence: changes in our body, the fear of bursting into tears or rage, unpredictable cycles, and the list goes on. It really doesn't have to be that way. Amy Schmidt of Fearlessly Facing Fifty says we all have a kernel of confidence within us, and if we can tap into it and match it with our new creativity, power, independence, and hard-earned experience, we are genuinely a force to be reckoned with. Listen to her conversation with Gennev CEO Jill Angelo for information and inspiration. Visit our website to learn more about Gennev and what we offer for women looking to take back control of their health in menopause.
Apr 28, 2020
Hydration and socialization with Ginger Hultin
With the "stay home" orders and recommendations flying around, most of us have had our normal lives pretty thoroughly disrupted. And that means our patterns and habits are disrupted as well. We can't hit the gym or the spin class or the pool. We're making lunches at home rather than grabbing a bite out. Even our sacred coffee routines are different! But some things you can continue to do or even do better, and hydration is one of those. It's your own bathroom, and it's likely closer to your work area than in the building you normally work in. And if you don't have ice or a clean glass, well, that's no one's fault but your own! Hydration is incredibly important, especially during the menopause transition and after. It feeds your brain, lubes your joints, helps hydrate skin and other tissue — all things that re harder to do after estrogen declines. We talked with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Champagne Nutrition Ginger Hultin about why proper hydration is necessary…
Apr 21, 2020
Grief, Isolation, and COVID 19 with Dr. Swapna Vaidya
When most of us think of grief, we think of losing a loved one or the end of a relationship. Does it make sense to have a sense of grief in the coronavirus crisis, even if you haven't lost anyone? According to psychiatrist Dr. Swapna Vaidya, yes. Grief is caused by loss, and many of us have lost at the very least a sense of security and our predictable routines. Others may have lost jobs, opportunities, and of course, loved ones. But we're all in this together, and the potential for unity and for providing one another with support, globally, has never been greater. In this podcast, Dr. Swapna Vaidya speaks with Gennev Director of Health Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk about the nature and course of grief and how to be kinder to everyone going through it — including yourself. Dr. Swapna Vaidya is a psychiatrist and Executive Medical Director in the MultiCare Health System. Stasi Kasianchuk is a Sports Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist and Gennev Director of Health Coaching.
Apr 15, 2020
Gut health, wellness, and your COVID 19 risk
Wearing a face mask (except the N95s, please leave those for medical professionals) helps protect other people from you. Even if you have no symptoms, you could be carrying and spreading the COVID 19 virus, so it's important to keep the moisture from coughs, sneezes — perhaps even breaths — contained. So please, do wear a mask if you're out and about among people. Protecting others is awesome. Protecting yourself and those you love? Priceless. One of the most unknown and underrated ways to strengthen your immune response is gut health. Science is only beginning to understand the importance of a healthy gut, including what the gut does (a lot) and how best to protect and feed it. We took these questions to a gut health expert: Dr. Erika La Vella of lavellayourguts.com. She is a board-certified metabolic surgeon and describes herself as a "wife, and mother who is passionate about health in the most preventative and holistic of ways." She talked with Gennev Director of Health Coach…
1 hr 5 min
Apr 13, 2020
Nutritious meals for better immune health
Nutrition plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. Now more than ever it's time to prioritize your nutrition to keep you healthy and well. This doesn't need to take excessive amounts of time or advanced culinary skills. Listen to the podcast to learn easy ways to prepare and eat meals to support your immune health. In this podcast, you'll hear Gennev's Director of Coaching Stasi Kasianchuk, RND, talking with another Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Monika Jacobson, about the importance of good food during stressful times. Healthy food is always important, but in this time of global pandemic, the more we can do to take care of ourselves, the more we slow the spread and ease the burden on overloaded health care facilities. And if the way we take care of ourselves makes us and our families feel good, happens to be delicious as well as nutritious, and can even be a fun activity to do together, well, even better. Click here for more information on Gennev's HealthFix prog…
Apr 1, 2020
Sleep, stress, and COVID 19
How do sleep (or a lack of it) and stress (an abundance of it) affect your immune system? A lot, it turns out, and while that's always important, it's particularly important during this time of COVID 19. To help people be well during this pandemic, Gennev is offering a series of weekly webinars on issues of women's health and how they're impacted by the isolation. What are the risk factors for contracting COVID 19, and what are the best ways to protect yourself? Be sure to learn about and register for upcoming webinars. Gennev is the first online clinic for women in midlife and menopause. If menopause symptoms are impacting your quality of life, take back control. Visit Gennev.com for more information.
Mar 18, 2020
Pelvic health with Dr. Meagan Peeters-Gebler
Pelvic health is so important for women, especially as we age. In this podcast, Gennev Health Coach Stasi Kasianchuk talks with Doctor of Physical Therapy and pelvic specialist Meagan Peeters-Gebler about how to strengthen and maintain the muscles of the pelvic floor. Find Dr. Peeters-Gebler at Orthopedic Spine Therapy. Gennev is a first-of-its-kind online clinic for women in midlife and menopause. Learn how to improve health and wellness and reduce menopause symptoms by working with our OB/GYNs via Gennev Telemedicine and develop your personalized menopause plan with our Health Coaches via the Gennev HealthFix program. Learn more at Gennev.com.
Mar 17, 2020
Coronavirus, menopause, stress, and risk, with Gennev
Our recent podcast on COVID 19 was so popular, we decided to do a deeper dive into the particular risks women face and how we can best protect ourselves and those we care about. In this webinar/podcast, Gennev CEO Jill Angelo talks to Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, Chief Medical Officer and director of the Gennev Telemedicine program, Coaches Lauren Leedy and Stasi Kasianchuk of the Gennev HealthFix program, and Dr. Swapna Vaidya, psychiatrist, on ways we can stay physically and emotionally healthy in this very unusual, very unpredictable time. You can also view the webinar video on YouTube and access the webinar/podcast transcript at Gennev.com.
Mar 11, 2020
COVID-19, risk, and menopause
Gennev's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su and Menopause Coach Stasi Kasianchuk discuss why women in menopause and midlife need to take especially good care of themselves during this time of elevated risk. They also share great tips on how to support your immune system now and always. Learn more about Gennev, menopause, and how to protect your health with Gennev HealthFix and Telemedicine at gennev.com.
Mar 6, 2020
Nutrition, health, menopause, and the Mediterranean diet with Chef Sheila Gomez
The Mediterranean diet is one of the best eating styles for women in menopause (and pretty much everyone, really). In this conversation, Gennev Menopause Coach Stasi Kasianchuk talks with Chef Sheila Gomez of the Malibu Beach Inn about the nutritional value but also the gorgeous flavors, colors, smells, and textures of the foods that make up the Mediterranean plate.
Feb 27, 2020
Women, entrepreneurship and the benefits of age with Elizabeth MacBride
Elizabeth MacBride is a highly accomplished journalist, writer, and editor, having written for CNBC, BBC Capital, Crain's New York, Advertising Age, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. Her passion for entrepreneurship led her to found The Times of Entrepreneurship, a free, weekly newsletter covering entrepreneurs on the biggest challenges facing the world: climate, health, education, security, and more. With focuses on female, older, and immigrant entrepreneurs, The Times of Entrepreneurship seeks to have the broadest range of voices, especially those who are often left out of the conversation. In this interview with Gennev CEO and co-founder Jill Angelo, they discuss mature women's advantages in leadership, including a wealth of "social capital," deep understanding of emotional patterns and how they influence behavior, and the surge of self-confidence that comes to so many women as they age.
Feb 5, 2020
Sex, midlife, and menopause with Dr. Laurie Mintz
Middle age and menopause don't have to mean your sex life is impaired or worse, over. But there can be additional challenges such as vaginal dryness, loss of libido, fatigue, even embarrassment over body changes that make us feel less than sexy. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, spends a lot of time at her practice helping women regain their vibrant sex lives, and one thing she does is recommend books by Dr. Laurie Mintz, particularly A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex. In this podcast, Dr. Dunsmoor-Su got to chat directly with Dr. Mintz about all the things that can dampen the spark and how to reignite it. Dr. Laurie Mintz is a licensed psychologist in private practice and a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, where she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year. Dr. Mintz has published over 50 research studies in academic journals and six chapters in academic books. She has received numerous profes…
Dec 17, 2019
HRT & breast cancer risk with Gennev CMO Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor Su
"There's been yet another round of lay-press headlines about how estrogen plus progesterone hormone replacement may increase the breast cancer risk," says OB/GYN Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su. Headlines don't tell the full story, and Dr. Dunsmoor-Su, who is an epidemiologist as well as an OB/GYN, helps us separate fact from fiction in this podcast. If you're dealing with menopause symptoms and are worried about taking HRT to manage them, you'll want to give this a listen.
Nov 18, 2019
The value of a Gennev health coach
If you're in or around menopause and struggling with issues such as weight management, sleep, stress, nutrition, bone health, appropriate exercise, what supplements to take, and more, a health coach could be just what you need. In this podcast, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, Gennev Chief Medical Officer, and Lauren Leedy, Registered Dietitian and Lead Health Coach at Gennev, talk about what Gennev health coaches do, how they work with our physicians, how they're specially trained to help women in menopause, and why Gennev coaches offer such great value for women in this often-challenging phase of life. Work with a Gennev health coach to learn more about the changes your body is going through, and put together a plan to help you relieve symptoms now and stay healthier in the many years ahead.
Jun 26, 2019
Menopause Transformation with Darcey Steinke
Darcey Steinke has written a wholly original book about menopause. And it's wonderful. She starts with her own experience, then leads us on a journey that explores the biological, sociological, and cultural realities women have faced and continue facing during this part of their lives. And how it's time those "realities" underwent some real scrutiny. Darcey argues that menopause can and should be transformative – a unique opportunity to embrace a new, rich, potentially very altered self. Once genneve CEO Jill Angelo heard Darcey on NPR's All Things Considered, she was eager to meet the woman who spoke so openly and honestly about the changes menopause can have on bodies, sex, relationships, and our own identities as women. When she learned Darcey was coming to Seattle (home to genneve HQ) to speak about her book, Jill reached out. What follows is an incredibly lively, fun, and inspiring conversation. We hope you enjoy it, and if you're able to attend Darcey's show in Seattle, w…
Jun 13, 2019
Perimenopause for "Savvy Sisters" with Dr. Anna Garrett
Many women aren't familiar with the term "perimenopause," even though it could explain their suddenly unpredictable periods, night sweats, and even crappier PMS. Doctor of Pharmacy Dr. Anna Garrett is on a mission to help women better understand their bodies – and help us all better understand the hormonal journey women travel throughout their lives. In this podcast with genneve CEO Jill Angelo, Dr. Anna discusses why 35 isn't "too early" to start talking about and preparing for perimenopause and menopause, how these two phases of a woman's life differ, and why it's so important to all women's health to have open conversations about hormones. Have a listen, then check out Dr. Anna's book, Perimenopause: The Savvy Sister's Guide to Hormone Harmony.
Apr 12, 2019
HRT and the WHI with Dr. Bluming and Dr. Tavris
In 2002, the Women's Health Initiative released the results of its study, claiming use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) increased a woman's risk of breast cancer. Almost overnight, use plummeted, leaving a great many women without a good alternative for managing their menopause symptoms. In their book Estrogen Matters, Dr. Avrum Bluming and Dr. Carol Tavris take a deep and detailed look at the WHI study and its conclusions. Not only, they argue, did the WHI unnecessarily frighten women and leave them suffering with very real symptoms, they may also have prevented women from taking a life-changing, even life-prolonging treatment. In this podcast with genneve CEO Jill Angelo and genneve Director of Health ob/gyn Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, Drs. Tavris and Bluming take us through their research and make a compelling case for the safety and effectiveness of HRT. If you're in or approaching menopause, this podcast and the book Estrogen Matters can help you better understand HRT, its t…
Mar 4, 2019
heart health, risks, & HRT with Dr. Sarah Speck
If you're a woman with a personal or family history of heart disease, don't assume your heart health is completely out of your hands. And don't assume you "don't need to worry about heart disease" because you're a woman with no family or personal history. In this podcast, genneve Director of Health, ob/gyn Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, interviews one of Seattle's leading cardiologists, Dr. Sarah Speck, on ways to improve your heart health, starting right now, today. Know your risk factors (preeclampsia can be a risk factor for future heart disease – who knew?) and how to manage them (losing 10% of your body weight if you're overweight can substantially reduce impacts on heart health). Also, if you're considering HRT to manage perimenopause and menopause symptoms, what are the implications for your heart? Take 15 minutes to listen; it could change your life.
Feb 12, 2019
Second Chapter: starting a modeling career at 46
It's tough enough to start a second career at age 46 – but what if that new career involves wearing a bathing suit and getting your picture taken? Rachel Peru did it, beautifully. Volunteering to be in a friend's fashion show led to an entirely new career and, even better, a new confidence in her beauty, power, and resilience. Now a model, Rachel has embraced her silver hair, her body's natural curves, and is flipping the idea that "women are invisible after 40" on its head. If this is what 40+ looks like, we say, bring it on! Photographer Matt Brown @mattsphoto
Jan 7, 2019
Jill and Dr. Rebecca on the coming ob/gyn shortage
There's already a shortage of ob/gyns in the US, making it even more difficult for women to find a menopause specialist. According to Fortune Magazine, "By 2020, there will be a shortage of up to 8,800 OB-GYNs, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. And by 2050, the shortage may grow to 22,000." What are the consequences to women's health if there aren't enough ob/gyns to fill the need? genneve CEO Jill Angelo talked with genneve Director of Health, ob/gyn and menopause specialist Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su, about the strain this puts on women, on physicians, and on the health care system as a whole. They also discussed how genneve's telehealth is an excellent way to help fill the care gap for women in midlife and menopause. Learn more about genneve and our telehealth service, and read the full transcript of this conversation, at genneve.com.
Dec 18, 2018
What does a "menopause optimized" workplace look like?
Like many women, Lauren Chiren had a rough transition to menopause. During a particularly bad 18-month stretch, her brain fog and short-term memory got so bad, she quit her high-powered senior role, concerned she was developing early onset dementia. When she learned she was actually dealing with menopause and there were ways to manage her symptoms, she decided to commit herself to helping women so no one would go through what she did. Now as Founder and Director of Women of a Certain Stage, Lauren coaches executive women, helping them make the lifestyle changes that allow them to continue to perform during perimenopause and menopause. And she educates organizations on how to best support this very valuable workforce of women. Join us at genneve.com, the one-stop shop for an easier menopause, to learn more.
Sep 5, 2018
sleep apnea and menopause with Dr. Katharine Christian
Sonya dreamed she was drowning and woke up choking and gasping for air. She was tired all the time, grabbing quick cat naps in the middle of the day when she could to try and shake off the lethargy and brain fog. Once a sound sleeper, Sonya just couldn’t make it through the night, sometimes getting up hourly to go to the bathroom. What was going on? Sleep apnea was going on. She took an at-home sleep test and was diagnosed with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, meaning her body was waking multiple times an hour to start breathing again. Sleep apnea is dangerous – heart disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes are all associated with sleep apnea – and women in menopause are particularly vulnerable. For more information, we talked to Dr. Katharine Christian, dentist and specialist in dental sleep medicine. She is the Dental Director of the Seattle Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center and Board Certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and thanks to her, Sonya is finally ab…
Apr 3, 2018
skin & care with Dr. Keira Barr
You wear your skin every day, so it's a good idea to take care of it. Best way to do that? According to Dr. Keira Barr, board-certified dermatologist and Chief Wellness Officer of Resilient Health Institute, "get naked." You need to inspect your skin, top to toe, every nook and cranny, Dr. Keira told us. But that's just the beginning. Dr. Keira shared with us the five things to look for and the three most important things you can do for your skin. Your skin is your largest organ and a window into your overall health, so listen up and find out how to take the best possible care of it. Get more information about Dr. Keira and the full transcript of this interview at genneve.com.
Mar 22, 2018
menopause, Alzheimer's & eating for retirement, part 2
In Part 1 of our conversation with neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi, we learned more about the connection between estrogen, menopause, and Alzheimer's. In short, in perimenopause and menopause, as estrogen declines, women lose some of the neuroprotective advantages of the hormone, making them more vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease. Make sure to listen to Part 1 to get grounded in the science. In Part 2, Dr. Mosconi lets us in on how we can protect our brains from the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's. Food, exercise, intellectual stimulation all have a part to play, so you're going to want to hear what Dr. Mosconi has to say. (Bonus: a lot of these same tips can help men age better, too.) Learn more about Dr. Mosconi, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, and how you might participate in their research. If you want to start nourishing your brain against age-related decline (“eating for retirement,” as Dr. Mosconi puts it), get your hands on a copy of her fascinating and very readab…
Mar 20, 2018
menopause, Alzheimer's & eating for retirement
“In the next three minutes, 3 people will develop Alzheimer’s. Two of them will be women.” As neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Mosconi says in her article, “Alzheimer’s and Women’s Health, an Urgent Call,” while women account for two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases, little is being done to understand why simply being a woman significantly increases your risk of developing the disease. Dr. Mosconi is Associate Director of the Weill Cornell Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, where she and her colleagues are working to understand this critical – and critically overlooked – piece of women’s healthcare. Team genneve came across this story because Dr. Mosconi and others have linked Alzheimer’s disease with menopause. They postulate that as estrogen levels subside in a woman’s body as she ages, so do its neurological protections. As Dr. Mosconi puts it: “In straight talk: menopause causes metabolic changes in the brain that seem to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.…
Mar 9, 2018
expressing yourself with style
“I’ve been dressing myself since I was four. Why is it suddenly so hard to do?” Changing bodies, changing priorities, outdated notions of what’s “acceptable” to wear after 40 can all make it feel surprisingly difficult to dress yourself. And whether we like it or not, people do judge us on our appearance. We can use that very human habit to our advantage, says Mellicia Marx, personal stylist and founder of the very cool Poplin Style Directions. Our clothes can be a tool to express ourselves and project the image we want to the world. You just have to know what that image is and how to achieve it. What do you want your clothes to say about you? Mellicia asks her clients for the three words they aspire to in their style – “confident, edgy, and feminine” or “boho, earthy, and relaxed,” whatever they may be – and from there they can build a closet that’s like a “boutique curated just for you.” Sound good? Listen in to Mellicia's ideas about fashion, body i…
Feb 19, 2018
It's not midlife, it's PrimeTime – with Juju Hook
Author, brand strategist, speaker, and motivator Juju Hook is on a mission to rebrand "midlife." It's crap, she says, and she's not wrong. Why a rebrand? What do you think of when you hear "midlife woman"? Wrong! We've been sold a bill of goods, Juju says, and she is ready to help every woman embrace her power and glory and step into PrimeTime. Hear the podcast, read genneve's review of Juju's book, then be sure to order a copy of Hot Flashes, Carpools and Dirty Martinis for yourself! Get more information and read the full transcript of our conversation with Juju Hook on genneve.com.
Feb 5, 2018
heart health with Dr. Sarah Speck
Did you know that after menopause, women lose many of the heart protections that helped them prevent heart disease? With the loss of estrogen, we lose elasticity in our blood vessels, making the build up of plaque easier. February is heart health month, and since heart disease is the #1 killer of women and men in the US, we wanted to share some information with you on how to protect yourself. We talked with Dr. Sarah Speck, medical director of the cardiac wellness and rehabilitation programs at the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute in Seattle and co-founder of POTENTRx, a medical fitness company, about what we can do to stay heart healthy as we age. Learn more about heart disease, Dr. Speck, and how you can put the wisdom behind the training of elite athletes to work for your heart health: genneve.com.
Jan 30, 2018
functional health, thyroid, and the gut/brain connection
Quick quiz: menopause or thyroid problem? * Fatigue * Heart palpitations * Dry skin * Trouble sleeping * Hair loss * Weight gain Actually, it's kind of a trick question: all of these symptoms can be caused by menopause OR thyroid dysfunction. Because menopause and thyroid disease can look a lot alike, all too often women who are dealing with thyroid problems like hypo- or hyperthyroidism are told "it's just menopause" or "you're just getting older." To make matters even more complicated, women in midlife are more prone to thyroid disease, increasing the chances that "it's just menopause" is actually "just an incomplete diagnosis." Yes, it might be "just menopause." But what if it's not? Thyroid disease can have serious and lasting health impacts if left untreated. So we asked Dr. Kate Kass, a functional medicine physician who specializes in hormonal health, to talk about the differences in symptoms, how to test for thyroid disease, and what we can do to optimize our he…
Dec 27, 2017
midlife is me time with Dr. Barbara Mark
Do you ever feel like there ought to be … I don’t know … more? You’re a high-achieving woman – great at your job and “successful” by modern measures – but you still feel like something’s missing, there’s something you haven’t accomplished yet. Welcome to midlife. Women in their 40s and beyond often experience a pretty fundamental shift: it’s time to stop worrying what others think of me and concentrate on how I feel about myself, my place, my work, my creative side, my spiritual soul. Great! Also … dangerous. Frustration with finding yourself where you don’t want to be can lead to impulsive decisions. How do you honor that part of yourself that’s ready for new challenges and new horizons without disrupting everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve? Dr. Barbara Mark has some very good ideas for you. Dr. Mark is an elite leadership, career, and life strategies coach, advisor, and confidant to senior executive women. Trained in clinical psychology, D…
Nov 9, 2017
Talking about Libeeration, the beer for women in menopause
If you like beer – especially craft beer created and brewed by experts who love what they do – you’re really going to enjoy this podcast. If you’re dealing with menopause symptoms, you’re going to love it. The Portsmouth Brewery is the kind of place where you want to become a regular: amazing beer, great food, the kind of social atmosphere that’s perfect for spending time with friends and unwinding after work or on a weekend. (Hint: go on Tuesdays, and you can take part in “wooden token” day.) Lately, they’ve been in the press a lot. A LOT. They’ve created a beer called Libeeration, a gruit designed, as their website says, “specifically for women experiencing menopausal symptoms and to celebrate the liberating aspects of this stage of life.” That sounded awfully good to us, so we gave them a call. And they agreed to tell us all about it. So if you’ve got some time, pour yourself a glass of your favorite brew and join us. Come to genneve.com for more info…
Oct 30, 2017
kicking the sugar habit with Dr. Anna Garrett
As we near the kickoff to the holiday season, we wanted to know how concerned we should really be about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. You hear words like “toxic” and “addiction,” as well as “harmless” and “fun” when it comes to sugar and sugar consumption. So which is it? The American Heart Association says women should get no more than 25 grams (6 tsp) of added sugar a day, and 36 grams (9 tsp) for men. However, according to SugarScience, a publication from the University of California at San Francisco, the average American gets 82 grams of sugar (19.5 tsp) every day. We’re eating a lot of it. But when it comes to our health in midlife, is sugar really that bad for us? To find out, we called up Dr. Anna Garrett, who talked to us before on getting your mojo back in midlife. Dr. Anna is a certified coach and Doctor of Pharmacy, and her mission in life is helping women get their hormones – and their lives! – back in balance. Here’s what we learned:…
Oct 27, 2017
treating painful intercourse with the Mona Lisa Touch
Mona Lisa Touch: You probably haven’t heard of it, but if you’re a woman in midlife, you might want to take a moment to hear about it. This “fractionated CO2 laser,” we hear, can return vaginal tissue to a pre-menopausal state with just a few 3-to-5-minute treatments. That can mean a return to sex that’s pleasurable instead of painful and an end to mild urinary incontinence. Because we have no idea what a “fractionated CO2 laser” is, but we wanted to know more, we contacted a provider of the service here in Seattle, Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su. Dr. Rebecca maintained her own ob/gyn practice and taught Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington before decided to take a position with Swedish Medical Center as an OB Hospitalist. In 2016, she opened RenuvaGyn to start offering Mona Lisa Touch to women in menopause. She knows what this laser is and what it can do for women who are suffering with vaginal atrophy, mild incontinence, and painful sex. Here’s what…
Oct 20, 2017
Not settling: redefining success with a lifestyle coach
Mary Slagle is a SaaS Sales Specialist for MINDBODY, Inc. Working in the field of wellness, and for a company filled with mostly twenty-somethings, Mary was feeling as though she had missed out on the chance to join in on the activities and fun they all enjoyed. With five grown children and four grandchildren, her dream was to be more active and healthy. While prospecting for new clients, Mary came across Health and Lifestyle Coach Lara Dalch's website and program for a Vibrant Healthy life. She realized it was exactly what she was looking for, in a wholly unexpected way. In this podcast with Jill, Mary and Lara tell us how they partnered up to help Mary feel balanced and successful in all aspects of her life. 1:54 Why a coach? Mary is a high-achieving, got-it-all-together kind of gal. Why would she need a coach? Because being driven and having a full life is terrific, but it can also be stressful. Lara helps her prioritize and spend her time and energy right. 2:56 What struck you a…
Sep 27, 2017
how to fix the pain: Squatty Potties®, the Pill, and your pelvic floor
Pelvic pain during sex, pain from the pelvic region generally, incontinence, prolapse – these do NOT have to be your “new normal.” There are treatments out there to help you manage, even solve, many of the issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction. One solution might mean taking a long look at your choice of birth control …. Rachel Gelman DPT is a clinical specialist and branch director at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco. She specializes in the physical therapy management of numerous pelvic pain disorders, including bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction. We talked with her about some of the sources of pelvic pain, including the surprising news that hormonal birth control may be part of the problem. 1:27 what’s your approach to pelvic pain? Rachel says she deals with pain from the “ribcage to the knees,” specifically focusing on the internal muscles of the pelvic floor. We asked her exactly what that meant. The list is surprisingly long –…
Sep 18, 2017
Fascia-nating: treating your body’s network with Chinese medicine
So, do you know what fascia is? We weren’t entirely clear, nor did we know what a big role it plays in movement, flexibility, and stability, and, when inflamed, in joint pain and stiffness. A single, continuous structure from head to toe, the fascia surrounds and wraps all our internal parts. So if it’s hurting, you’re hurting. Jennifer Mason, owner of Vitamin Chi, knows all about fascia, the care and feeding of. A licensed acupuncturist, Jennifer specializes in neck and shoulder pain and menopausal symptoms. So we grabbed her for a conversation about acupuncture, fascia, trigger points, and using Chinese remedies to bring our bodies back to health. 1:19 We love the name “Vitamin Chi.” What is Vitamin Chi and what exactly do you do there? According to Jennifer, good health is “an everyday thing,” and acupuncture, herbalism, and so forth tend to be a bit esoteric for people. She wants to make Chinese medicine available and accessible for the uninitiated so we can all en…
Sep 11, 2017
Pelvic floor health with your down-there doc, part 2
Pelvic floor health impacts your quality of life, whether you know it or not. Actually, when it stops being healthy, you’ll know it. Peeing, pooping, sexual satisfaction – being successful at these things requires a healthy pelvic floor, and as we age, the muscles that make up that floor can weaken. Because it’s so important to keep this “hammock” of muscles strong and responsive, we talked to physiotherapist Dr. Susie Gronski, “your doc for all things down there.” She gave us the low down on our down-unders: what happens when things are out of whack and how to get them back. Have a listen to part I of this conversation, “to your pelvic health, our talk with dr. Susie Gronski, part 1.” Then continue on below, where Jill talks to Dr. Susie about pain, the role our pelvic floor plays in our sexual health, and the Big Os: 1:18 Orgasms, pain, and pelvic health Experiencing sexual pleasure all the way to orgasm can be more challenging for women, and nearly impossible if…
Sep 5, 2017
pelvic health & a talk with a doc for all things "down there" (part 1)
Do you know how critical your pelvic floor muscles are to your overall health? Very. Most of us are only aware of our pelvic floor during times of pleasure (contractions in the pelvic floor are what men and women feel in orgasms). But when your pelvic floor is weak, you may suddenly be aware of it for entirely different reasons: pain, incontinence, prolapse, sexual dysfunction, even discomfort just sitting. Clearly, keeping this area of the body healthy is central to your quality of life. To learn more about what below-deck problems are possible and how to head them off before they happen, we talked with Dr. Susie Gronski, licensed doctor of physical therapy and a board certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner. In addition to knowing a lot about your private parts, she’s also a certified health coach. As she says, she’s the doctor for “everything down there” and signs her emails, “In loving wellness for your pelvis™ Here’s what we learned from the “down-there…
Aug 29, 2017
fertility planning and egg freezing with Dr. Lorna Marshall, part 2
Egg freezing is still a relatively new option for women and couples wanting to delay pregnancy for a few years. We wanted to know more about this fascinating procedure that – hopefully – allows younger women to freeze their eggs, then have babies, safely, at a later date. So we sat down with Dr. Lorna Marshall of Pacific NW Fertility. Dr. Marshall, practicing specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, co-founded the clinic back in 2005 and has been helping couples start or build their families ever since. In the first part of our conversation with Dr. Marshall, we learned more about the science and history of in vitro fertilization (commonly known as IVF), fertility medicine, and her own path to reproductive medicine. In part 2, we talked about the cultural changes that come with women having more family planning power. 1:07 – vacation days, corner office, egg freezing: family planning as benefit The number of women seeking family planning options has “shot up…
Aug 28, 2017
Egg freezing and planned fertility with Dr. Lorna Marshall
Back in May of 2017, we spoke with Dr. Lora Shahine of Pacific NW Fertility about fertility, in vitro fertilization, the stigma of miscarriage, and having hope. The podcast was so popular, we returned to the clinic to talk with one of Dr. Shahine’s colleagues, Dr. Lorna Marshall, about another fertility preserving option: egg freezing. Once reserved for women about to undergo cancer treatments that would destroy their ovaries, egg freezing has become a popular way for healthy, younger women to delay pregnancy while pursuing a career. Dr. Marshall is a practicing specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, serving the Seattle community for over 25 years. In this first part of our two-part podcast, Dr. Marshall spoke with us about the history and science behind freezing eggs. We’ve been freezing sperm for ages; why did it take so long to learn to freeze an egg, and what are the risks? For the answer to that and other questions, listen up: 1:22 How does one become…
Aug 10, 2017
food, stress, inflammation, and health with Amanda Giralmo
Jill Angelo, CEO of genneve, sat down with holistic health coach Amanda Giralmo of WellthieLife to talk about food, chronic inflammation, and how we can make better food choices to support our health. 1:11 Discovering our life’s true path often starts with fixing a problem within ourselves. For Amanda Giralmo, founder of Wellthie Life, bringing herself back to health and wholeness after a difficult divorce helped her uncover her passion for leading others to their best selves. She tells us how she found the strength to take that journey. 3:24 Did she feel she needed permission to take that journey, considering it meant taking time off and focusing on herself? We asked her how she came to that very necessary decision. 4:39 The experience brought her to where she is now, helping others as a certified holistic health coach focused on lowering inflammation. So, we asked her, what is inflammation, what causes it, and why is it so bad for us when it becomes “chronic”? Amanda expl…
Jul 27, 2017
food peace & accepting your menopause body
Think eating disorders are limited to teenage girls? Nope. Teens, men, women, transgender people, all races and ethnicities, active duty military, and – disproportionately – women over 50. As eating disorders have the highest fatality rate of all mental illnesses, it’s critical for everyone to know the warning signs and seek help if needed. Jill, genneve CEO, spoke with Julie Duffy Dillon, Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert, about the reasons women suffer disordered eating in midlife and what they can do to avoid or correct unhealthy eating. In part 1 of “making peace with food in midlife and menopause,” listen as Jill and Julie talk about what Julie calls the “food peace journey” and how, as individuals and as a culture, we’ve gotten so far away healthy eating behaviors. In part 1, Julie introduces us to the idea of “intuitive eating” and how our society’s food rules (never eat befo…
Jul 26, 2017
making peace with food in midlife and menopause
“13% of women over 50 engage in eating disorder behaviors.” - National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Weight gain at midlife can be as distressing as it is common, leaving many women searching for ways to shed the unwanted weight. But are a few extra pounds really worth the pain and suffering, or worse, risking a dangerous eating disorder? Wouldn’t it be better to make peace with our bodies and our food? Jill talked with Julie Duffy Dillon, Registered Dietitian, Eating Disorder and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Specialist, and Food Behavior Expert, on how she’s partnering with people on their Food Peace journey. Julie is trained as a mental health counselor and supervises dietitians and other health professionals to use weight-inclusive and attuned-eating strategies. Here’s what she told us: 1:37 What is the “food peace journey,” and how did we get so far off track? What is the “food peace journey”? Julie says we’re “born knowing…
Jul 21, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
go back when they call you.mp3
Jul 20, 2017
the art of chemo.mp3
Jul 17, 2017
Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine, part 2
On July 10, we published Part 1 of our conversation on Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Jane Guiltinan, recently retired Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. In Part 1, we asked Dr. Guiltinan to give us a sort of Naturopathic Medicine 101 – since many of us are unfamiliar with the practice, we wanted to know what it was about, how it worked, and how we could find a qualified naturopathic doctor (ND). In Part 2, we dug a little deeper into what being treated by an ND is like and the advantages this practice has for women in midlife and menopause. Here’s what she told us. 1:18 What is my first Naturopathic Medicine appointment going to be like? We’re quickly becoming convinced of the benefits of Naturopathic Medicine, so we asked Dr. Guiltinan what we could expect from that first appointment. How long will it take, what kinds of questions will we be asked, what should we walk away with? Some of the process will seem very familiar, she told us, like…
Jul 10, 2017
Helping your body heal itself: naturopathic medicine 101
Your body is powerful. We don’t just mean for lifting weights or doing hard physical work, though women’s bodies can certainly do that too. We mean your body is a powerful healer. Given the right conditions – good food, enough rest, movement, etc. – your body has “an innate capacity to restore itself to health.” Naturopathic medicine is the practice of providing ideal conditions and removing barriers for the body to get on with what it does so well. If you’ve ever wondered about naturopathic medicine or considered seeing a naturopathic doctor (ND) but just weren’t sure what to expect, Dr. Jane Guiltinan, recently retired Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, explains it all. In this Part I of our two-part series on naturopathic medicine, we talked with Dr. Guiltinan about what naturopathic medicine is, how and why it works, the state of naturopathic medicine in the US, and how to find a qualified ND. 1:38 – What is naturopathic medici…
Jun 29, 2017
So … how’s your sex life? Sex positivity in the 21st century
Modern sexuality is … complicated. And talking about our sexual health, even with a doctor, can be awkward – awkward enough that many of us will avoid it, even when we have a problem that needs solving. Enter consultants like Bianca Palmisano, owner of Intimate Health Consulting, who’s helping doctors, nurses, and other medical and health care professionals speak openly and non-judgmentally to their patients about issues of sexuality. genneve CEO Jill Angelo talked with Bianca about sex, sexuality, and why it's so darn hard to have those important conversations. 1:50 “Sex positivity” means understanding sex and sexuality as a normal, healthy part of life with a wide range of modes of expression. We asked Bianca if the notion of sex as a positive part of life is gaining some traction in a culture that has an often unhealthy approach to sex. 3:25 What are the trends out there when it comes to sex positivity and women in midlife? Bianca has good news for us – one, the me…
Jun 12, 2017
get out of your way: talking with lifestyle coach Lara Dalch
Women can be awfully good at getting in their own way. We have the skills, the knowledge, the drive, we’re ready to realize our dreams … and yet. We flail, we stall, or worst of all, we sabotage the success we so desperately want. How can we identify what we’re doing wrong and get on the path towards achieving our goals? Sometimes we just need a partner. We found that partner in Lara Dalch. Lara is a health and lifestyle coach to "women on the rise" – women who crave practical tools for feeling healthy, confident, and powerful again so they can have the career and life they really want. As a former entertainment marketing executive and busy entrepreneur, Lara understands the challenges of balancing good health with a busy schedule and is passionate about helping women harness the power of good health to fuel their lives through a practical, “whole life” approach to health Lara is a regular contributor to popular health and wellness website MindBodyGreen and has been a f…
May 22, 2017
Reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Lora Shahine on fertility, IVF and having hope
genneve CEO Jill had a chance to sit down with Dr. Lora Shahine, reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist at Pacific NW Fertility. 01:40 Dr. Shahine explains what a “reproductive endocrinologist” is and why someone might seek out her care if they’re trying to start or add to their family. 02:32 How does a couple know it’s time to visit a specialist? Dr. Shahine explains the impact “Dr. Internet” has had on her practice. She gives some guidelines around when it’s time to get help in getting pregnant. 4:54 What are the different fertility paths? How do you choose between IVF vs pills to promote ovulation vs insemination? Dr. Shahine explains both high tech and low tech treatments, as well as how she and her patients determine the roadmap to achieve desired goals. 07:00 How does Dr. Shahine judge where to start with a patient? It starts with the patient’s story from her own point of view – what she’s experienced so far, what she’s tried, what her…
May 8, 2017
hormones, menopause and getting your midlife mojo back with Dr. Anna Garrett
The experience of menopause differs from woman to woman, but in our conversations with women, one thing seems nearly universal: the more information a woman has, the more in-control she feels over her body and her transition. The problem? Because menopause is still so taboo, many women struggle to ask questions and get answers. Dr. Anna Garrett has been a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years, working in a variety of practice settings. Happily for us, she discovered along the way that working with women in midlife is her true passion. Dr. Anna offers her clients a variety of services including hormone balancing, weight loss, and GeneSNP testing. Her health coaching is designed to help women in perimenopause and menopause escape from hormone hell and feel amazing in their bodies so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Dr. Anna is a Doctor of Pharmacy and Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach®, and has studied through the…
May 3, 2017
rebalancing the body in menopause with Chinese medicine
Jill talked with Dr. Patricia Van Santen, a California-based licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Patricia works with many women in midlife and menopause, and her patients have found great relief in her formulas and treatments. Because many Westerners are still unfamiliar with the practice of Chinese medicine, we asked Dr. Patricia to share her learning and expertise with us. 1:30 Dr. Patricia got started working on bodies because, as a professional dancer surrounded by other professional dancers, she was familiar with bodies and the complexities thereof. She told us about how art, physicality, health, and celebration of movement came together to lead her to her current practice. 3:40 As a dancer and choreographer, you experience the world in different ways than other people, Dr. Patricia says. Hear her thoughts on how we should all, like dancers, learn to listen to our bodies to stay healthy or help ourselves heal. 5:20 How do we know we’re listening…
Apr 21, 2017
Rubber Shoes in Hell: talking menopause & midlife with Michelle Combs
We got to talk with Michelle Combs, blogger at RubberShoesInHell.com, writer for Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and others. Michelle’s hilarious and honest approach to the perils of midlife and menopause make her a welcome voice in an often depressing conversation. She talked with us about how she keeps her sense of humor in a time of absurdity. 1:17 What was the origin of “Rubber Shoes in Hell”? Michelle tells the story of needing an outlet for her writing and finding her path via an instant messaged conversation between cubicles. 2:34 How is talking openly about the absurdity of midlife a kind of release? Like many women, Michelle embraced midlife as a time to be more open and genuine about who she really is. She makes a convincing argument for why knowing we’re all going to die can be oddly freeing. 4:04 We hear it all the time from women: build your tribe. Michelle shares her thoughts on the importance of gathering around you people who “get” you and support you, n…
Mar 2, 2017
International Women's Day Seattle
According to the United Nations, “International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.” Globally, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a pretty big deal. Many countries observe the day with special traditions and celebrations, some even declaring it a national holiday. However, in the US, observance of International Women’s Day has been quite modest. While most consider the US fairly progressive in terms of women’s rights and equality, the truth is gender equity is actually losing ground in the States, and there’s more reason than ever for the US to recognize IWD and its mission. Two Washington women are working to make IWD a much bigger deal in Seattle: in 2016, they convened a gathering of about 80 women; this year, International Women’s Day Seattle has already outgrown one home, a…
Feb 6, 2017
Conversation with a Menopause Goddess
We had the pleasure of talking with Lynette Sheppard, author of Becoming a Menopause Goddess and “scribe” and moderator of the Menopause Goddess website and blog. Lynette and her goddesses are tackling the lack of knowledge and awareness women have when approaching the “Big M.” Lynette spent more than 10 years as a Nurse-Manager and head of Intensive Care and Coronary Care units in Santa Rosa, California. She knows her way around healing and the human body and is a terrific translator of medical-speak. “Was what was happening to me normal? My entire life was turned upside down.” For more details and to see the transcript of the interview, visit us at genneve.com.
Jan 25, 2017
Menopause 101 with Dr Angela Jones, ob/gyn
In this podcast, genneve CEO Jill had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Angela Jones, award-winning ob/gyn, media professional, and author. She’s delivered thousands of babies and answered hundreds of thousands of questions on every aspect of her profession. From menses (first period) to menopause and beyond, Dr. Angela has the answers, so we jumped on the chance to ask “Menopause 101” questions we have and have heard from you. If you’re not always entirely sure what’s going on with your body, if you’re concerned what you’re going through isn’t “normal,” or if you want to be ready for what might lie ahead, Dr. Angela has guidance, reassurance, and answers for all. 2:04 One question we hear a lot is, what exactly is the difference between “perimenopause” and “menopause”? Dr. Angela gives us the lowdown on the definitions, what women might experience during these phases, and how to get a ballpark idea of how long the process might take for you. 4:06 So wh…
Dec 5, 2016
Hormones, mental health, and great sex at every age
What happens at the intersection of hormones, mental health, and sexuality? “You’re supposed to enjoy sex, and if you aren’t, why not?” Dr. Lucy Puryear is an Associate Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also Co-Director of The Menopause Center at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. Dr. Lucy works with patients to treat psychiatric conditions during pregnancy and postpartum, perimenopause, infertility and reproductive loss. Because our hormones can have profound impacts on women's physical and emotional health, we invited Dr. Lucy to share her expertise with gennevers. 00:48:06 "Woman's advocate" Dr Lucy explains the services she provides for women, specifically women with mood/anxiety/emotional issues tied to reproductive events and hormonal changes. 02:30:00 Women’s hormonal health—and particularly how it relates to their psychological hea…
Oct 14, 2016
genneve talks HPV vaccine with Dr. Connie Mao
Dr. Connie Mao is director of Harborview Women’s Dysplasia Clinic here in Seattle, Washington, where she focuses on HPV-related disease including cervical, vulvar, and vaginal dysplasia and genital warts. She’s an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington, and she has spent the last 19 years doing research related to HPV infections and prevention of cervical cancer. Jill Angelo, genneve CEO and host of the genneve podcasts, talked with Dr. Mao about HPV, the HPV vaccine, why the US lags behinds other countries in rates of vaccination, and why every parent should have their children--boys and girls--vaccinated against this ubiquitous virus. Read a transcript of our interview with Dr. Connie here.
Aug 4, 2016
Menopause in the workplace: A conversation with Anne Loehr
According to Anne’s research, 20% of the workforce is dealing with menopause at any given time. Twenty percent are dealing with symptoms like headaches, hot flashes, dizziness, dry eyes, general achiness, and exhaustion. There are simple things a business can do to accommodate their menopausal workforce, yet it’s the rare organization that even acknowledges it happens. Anne talks with genneve CEO Jill Angelo about menopause and ageism and how great leadership can make our workplaces more comfortable....for everyone. Music: "A Wee Tipple" by Scott Holmes facebook.com/ScottHolmesMusic