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As a fierce champion for women empowering women (and the people that love them), GynoGirl provides the knowledge and education to help you advocate for yourself so that you can live your best life! Dr. Sameena Rahman curates a space for exploring hormonal changes, sexual health, and pelvic wellness, while also emphasizing self-love and life improvement. Through collaborations with leading experts and the personal stories of patients, she provides a platform for knowledge-sharing while also a ...
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The justASK Podcast Part of The HIVE Collective

Dr. Heather Quaile, DNP,WHNP-BC & Jackie Piasta MSN, WHNP-BC

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#justASK is a healthcare podcast that is dedicated to providing evidenced-based information by a multidisciplinary team of women’s health experts in order for individuals to make informed and optimal healthcare decisions and to learn and understand the issues around surround women throughout the lifespan. We provide answers to the questions you may not know how to ask by interviewing experts in nursing, medicine, sexual health and wellness. Your co-host Dr. Heather Quaile is a leading Women’ ...
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Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD Individuals may develop PTSD (also called Post Traumatic Stress Injury) from a single or repeated traumatic events. When trauma causes a persistent injury pattern to the nervous system, it can become locked into a permanent protective mode, even in the absence of on-going threat. This can cause a variety of symptoms…
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Parents, have you heard about teens engaging in rough sex practices like choking? Are you concerned about the potential long-term effects on their well-being? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Debby Herbenick, a Provost Professor. We dive headfirst into the complex dynamics of this controversial topic. From the reasons people find it compelling to t…
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Curious about how your reproductive health and fertility options work? On today's episode, we dive into these important issues with the amazing Dr. Roohi Jeelani, a double-board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Jeelani is passionate about starting more open conversations about fe…
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Context: This national needs assessment study explores the knowledge, attitude, beliefs, and practices (KABP) gaps related to vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause among primary care and OB/GYN clinicians. VMS significantly impacts healthcare costs, workplace productivity, and patient psychosocial health, but a notable disconnect exist…
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Do you ever wish someone would break down the complexities of joint hypermobility, sexual pain, and how they connect to your overall health? Well, that's exactly what we dived into in this episode! 🎙 We were honored to have Dr. Linda Bluestein, a former dancer-turned-physician specializing in hereditary disorders of connective tissue, join us to sh…
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Enthusiasm for the use of hormones to ameliorate symptoms of perimenopause and menopause has waxed and waned over the years. Both treatment for symptoms and training of women's health care practitioners in the management of menopause have sharply declined since publication of the Women's Health Initiative initial results in 2002. Findings from that…
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While it may seem that menopause has begun to become more open to talking about, there is still a stigma and the idea that women should deal with the symptoms that come with it, including having issues with orgasms. Well, Dr. Lauren Streicher is on a mission to change that. Dr. Streicher is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at North…
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Testosterone therapy (TTh) has been shown to improve libido in women with sexual dysfunction, but its utilization has been limited due to concern for cardiovascular events and past studies reporting highly variable results. the goal was to assess the association of TTh in women with major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), including heart attack, stro…
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Curious about how to nurture your bone health? Today we're joined by the fabulous Dr. Kristi DaSapri, a national leader osteoporosis and menopause management. We’re tackling a topic today that seriously needs more spotlight—bone health during menopause and the sneaky beast that is osteoporosis. Did you know osteoporosis often goes unnoticed until y…
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In this episode we talk about the bias and stigma around women and sexual health and particular what his looks like for Muslim women. We talk about religious, culture and family views as well as societal taboos around sexual health. Dr. Rahman is a board-certified OB/GYN who has tailored her practice to meet the needs of women for gynecologic and c…
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Do you ever wish that your sexual condition would be played out in a movie? Well, that is exactly what our latest guests did. Welcome Bonnie Gross and Nancy Boyd to share their stories and explain why they created a feature film, Lady Parts. Their film shines a light on crucial women's health issues, particularly focusing on the challenges and misd…
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Today we have another doctor and thriver on the show today. Dr. Shieva Ghofrany who, brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to her practice. Her journey, from battling ovarian cancer to navigating pregnancy and weight loss, fuels her commitment to women's health advocacy. Beyond her medical practice, Dr. Ghofrany is a sought-after…
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New this episode Tara (Pharm D) and I discuss meds for female sexual health this is a recording from the lecture we did at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. To Follow Tara Tara-@thesexualhealthpharmacist To Follow US check out: Heather- www.theshowcenter.com Jackie- https://www.mymonarchhealthco.com The podcast- @justaskhive Heather- @sh…
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Today, we have the incredible Dee Hartmann, a distinguished pelvic floor physical therapist and author. We dive deep into the topics of pleasure and healing, exploring how embracing pleasure—beyond just the sexual—can fundamentally transform our approach to treating sexual pain and dysfunction. Dee brings her expertise and insights from her book "A…
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In today's eye-opening episode, we tackle and discuss the orgasm gap. I talk with Dr. Laurie Mintz, who passionately discusses her work to inform and empower women, sharing her journey from personal struggle to becoming a key advocate for sexual health education. We're also breaking down myths about orgasms and debunking media lies that leave many …
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Low sexual desire in women partnered with men is typically presumed to be a problem—one that exists in women and encourages a research agenda on causation and treatment targeting women. In this paper, we present a distinct way forward for research on low sexual desire in women partnered with men that attends to a more structural explanation: hetero…
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It is an incredible pleasure to have Stephanie Prendergast on to discuss and explore pudendal neuralgia—a condition fraught with pain, misdiagnosis, and, too often, misunderstanding within the medical community. We dove deep into pudendal neuralgia, a complex condition that affects so many lives but remains poorly understood in the medical communit…
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Do you know about the vulval vestibule? In today's episode, I delve into the intricate anatomy of the vulvar vestibule and its significance in sexual health. I discuss how this unique area, formed from the endodermis, contains an increased concentration of nerve endings which can result in heightened sensitivity and pain for some individuals. I exp…
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In this episode we are going to •Define Trauma •Discuss the science of neurobiology of trauma •Understand the continuum of the impact of trauma on sexual health This was a Ted Talk done for the NPWH/ISSWSH Conference we wanted to share. To Follow US check out: Heather- www.theshowcenter.com Jackie- https://www.mymonarchhealthco.com The podcast- @ju…
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In this episode I dive deep into the often misunderstood and stigmatized world of women's sexual health and a condition called congenital neuroproliferative vestibulodynia. Joining us is Erin Young, a brave voice who has navigated the murky waters of seeking treatment for her condition in a society where discussing female sexuality is still taboo. …
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We took some time to discuss this recent article which is very timely and it compared weight loss response and changes in cardiometabolic risk markers in postmenopausal women using semaglutide with and without menopause hormone therapy (HT) use. In postmenopausal women with overweight or obesity treated with semaglutide, HT use was associated with …
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Have you ever wondered if you need Sex Coaching? Join me as we delve into the complexities of sexual health and stigma with our incredible guest, Dr. Sadaf who is an OB/GYN and Sex Coach. We'll explore cultural beliefs, sexual concerns, and the urgent need for comprehensive sex education. We'll confront the discomfort in society and among physician…
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Launching Today 3/18/2024 The JustAsk! A Menopause + Midlife Seminar Series Course "Feeling unseen, unheard and like no one is listening to your health concerns? Were you told this is normal midlife and nothing you can do about it? This course will arm you with everything you need to talk to your provider about menopause hormone therapy and empower…
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Welcome to this episode, where we delve into a topic close to the hearts of many yet often veiled in silence - pelvic pain and vulvovaginal disorders. Have you ever found yourself grappling with these issues, feeling isolated in your struggle? Today we're going to shine a light on the incredible work of Noa, the driving force behind Tightlipped, a …
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Menopause deserves care and attention! Just because it is a normal process of aging doesn’t mean that women should be forced to grin and bear the multitude of symptoms that are associated with menopause not to mention the significant health consequences that are associated with the hormone decline of aging. We are in total agreement that we need to…
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We're diving into a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of healthcare: sexual health education among OB-GYN residents. Despite two-thirds of programs highlighting its significance, only a small fraction of residents feel adequately prepared to tackle sexual health issues. This glaring disparity in medical education demands exploration. That's why I…
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Your Queen Bees are doing a deep dive today to discuss what is like to navigate as patient and trying to advocate for yourself to get your hormones or at least have an evidence based, shared decision discussion with your provider. Today we interviewed Heather Maurer, the CEO of NPWH (The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health…
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Today, we bring to light a deeply personal journey through pain, healing, and self-discovery. We'll explore the intricate relationship between spinal health and pelvic wellbeing, delving into how issues like persistent genital arousal disorder, or PGAD, are not merely sexual but deeply interconnected with our spinal anatomy. With me is April Patter…
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The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Annual Meeting was this past weekend (February 2024) in Long Beach California. It is one of the absolute best conferences of the year. ISSWSH provides sexual healthcare providers, basic scientists and other sexual health professionals a forum for the communication of current …
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Have you ever encountered the term PGAD? Despite its relative obscurity, it gained some mainstream attention in the early 2000s, even prompting a Saturday Night Live skit that portrayed it as a condition one might desire. Which is far from something that someone would actually want. Today I give you a comprehensive overview what PGAD is discussing …
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Welcome back to our amazing listeners we have taken a little hiatus and are so excited to be back with you in 2024 for Season 4. We have done some rebranding and have moved the just ask podcast into The HIVE collective which is a digital health platform built to empower women to make educated and informed decisions about their health. I’m your co-h…
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Today, we're diving deep into a critically important and often overlooked topic: the intersection of breast cancer survival and menopause management. We have Dr. Corinne Menn joining us to share her expertise and personal journey as a breast cancer survivor experiencing menopause. In this episode, we're uncovering the impact of menopausal symptoms …
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I delve into the crucial topic of menopause and hormone therapy. With an estimated 2 billion women entering post-menopause by 2030, the impact of menopause cannot be overlooked. I explore the criteria for determining good and bad candidates for hormone therapy, the reasons behind prescribing hormone therapy, and the various formulations I favor. Dr…
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When Crystal's severe lower back pain led to an unexpected emergency situation after a yoga class, it marked the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Her personal story illuminates the profound effects spinal health can have on sensory and sexual functions, offering a raw look into the fears and challenges that come with losing sensation in the …
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In this vital conversation, we’ll uncover why it's essential that we challenge the status quo and create open, supportive dialogues for women at all stages of life. We're diving deep into the misunderstood topic of navigating menopause. Our courageous guest, Heather Zimmerman a patient of mine, joins us to share her compelling story. Battling migra…
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I sit down with Laila, a close family friend and someone who has personally navigated the complexities of vaginismus. Laila shares her intimate struggle, shedding light on a topic many find themselves shrouded in silence due to cultural and personal stigmas. She opens a door to understanding the emotional and physical aspects—offering listeners a c…
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Ever felt like there's a world of women's health issues that remain shrouded in silence, particularly when it comes to the bedroom? Dr. Sameena Rahman, also known as GynoGirl, pulls back the curtain on taboo topics, starting with the often-misunderstood condition of vaginismus. Her candid storytelling not only reveals her own professional and perso…
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Growing up as the daughter of Pakistani immigrants in the South, I was constantly torn between the expectations of my heritage and the opportunities of my future. Through my own journey, from grappling with the dynamics of cultural identity to forging a path in the medical field, I've learned the power of self-advocacy and the importance of destigm…
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Are you ready to challenge the taboos of women's health with unflinching honesty and a touch of rebellion? Join me, Dr. Sameena Rahman (Gynogirl), as we venture into the candid world of women's health and confronting the stigmas head-on. This is not your typical health podcast – here, I promise to intertwine heartfelt patient narratives with expert…
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www.drmenn.com https://linktr.ee/drmenobgyn @drmennobgyn Dr. Corinne Menn is a board-certified OBGYN and Menopause Society Certified Practitioner. Dr. Menn is also a 23-year survivor of breast cancer and premature menopause, is a BRCA carrier, and uses her experience to help women navigate their own health challenges. She has dedicated her medical …
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Join Heather and Tara on the JustASK Podcast as we talk all things Thyroid and Sexual Health with NP Jackie Piasta! Website: www.mymonarchhealthco.com Instagram: @JACKIEP_GYNNP Jackie Piasta is a Vanderbilt University-trained Women's and Gender Health-related Nurse Practitioner who has been serving women for over 15 years. She currently owns Monarc…
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Dr. Anna Cabeca, DO, OBGYN, FACOG, is triple-board certified and a fellow of gynecology and obstetrics, integrative medicine, and anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She has special certifications in functional medicine, sexual health, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. For the past 20 years, she’s served 10,000+ women in her private p…
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Listen in as Patient Advocate Aimee Cloutier give a real-life encounter of her sexual health diagnoses through the eyes of a patient. This podcast episode mixes personal experience with clinical evidence as she walks us through her story and a day in the life of a sexual health patient advocate and journey to healing! Follow Aimee on Instagram : @h…
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Dr. Heather Johnson is an award winning, actively practicing gynecologist who, after delivering more than 3,500 babies over 40 years, recently retired as an obstetrician. She is senior partner at Reiter, Hill & Johnson, an Advantia practice, located in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Johnson received her M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine and …
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We are so excited to announce Dr. James Simon as our guest speaker on the Just Ask! Podcast this month! Dr. Simon brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into hormone replacement therapy, menopause, and myths and taboos surrounding these topics. Dr. Simon is an OBGYN, thoughtleader in the area of sexual medicine, and owns his own medical practice …
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In this podcast, hear from psychologist Courtney Raspin and her experience with Body Image, and its effects on Sexuality! Courtney’s PhD work focused on families of women with eating disorders, and over the last 20 years, she has continued to develop her expertise in the area. She has had the advantage of working in an NHS multidisciplinary team sp…
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Sexual function and fertility are vital components of a man's overall health; however, many in the LGBTQ community can find it challenging to connect with healthcare providers who understand their needs and experiences. In this episode, we're talking with Dr. Joshua Gonzalez about his work in becoming one of the nations leading experts in urology a…
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The Institute For Pelvic Health was founded by Melissa Hines, DPT, and Kathy Kates, FNP, as a way to bring a holistic approach to pelvic health in their collaboration and mentoring of clinicians/ PTs and NPs. Today, it is revolutionizing the field of pelvic health by bringing together a community of healthcare providers who are passionate about pel…
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In celebration of MOVEMBER, an annual campaign is celebrated to raise awareness of men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. This podcast will focus on the work that Family Nurse Practitioner, Nicole Owens, is doing to help male patients navigate their life and sexual health while managing chronic conditions…
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In this episode, we're talking directly with a patient who was born with Congenital Neuroprolifertive Vestibulodynia. Listen as she talks with co-host Dr. Heather Quaile about her personal journey as she experimented with numerous medications and treatments before finding the proper support and therapeutic options to overcome her pain. Heather Quai…
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